Baker Mayfield In GQ Feature: 'I Cannot Believe The Giants Took Daniel Jones'

Ryan Chatelain
August 20, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Baker Mayfield has never played a regular season game against the Giants, but it feels like a rivalry is brewing between Big Blue and the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

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In a GQ feature published Tuesday, Mayfield commented on the Giants' decision to draft former Duke quarterback with the sixth overall pick in April. 

"I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones," Mayfield says in the article. "Blows my mind."

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When asked why he thinks quarterback scouts struggle to predict which prospects will become good NFL quarterbacks, Mayfield says: "Some people overthink it. That's where people go wrong. They forget you've gotta win."

Replying Tuesday to a Barstool Sports Instagram post that included the GQ quotes, Mayfield wrote: "This is not what I said.... just so we're clear. I also said I was surprised I got drafted number one. Then was talking about the flaws in evaluating QB's. Where I brought up winning being important. Reporters and media will do anything to come up with a click bait story. Heard nothing but good things and wish nothing but the best for Daniel."

Before Mayfield had responded to the media backlash, Jones took the high road when he was asked about the comments.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass under pressure against the Jets on Sept. 20, 2018, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

"I think he's a great player," Jones said of Mayfield. "He can throw it, and I enjoy watching him play."

Giants coach Pat Shurmur shrugged off Mayfield's comments.

"That's not original commentary, is it?" he told reporters at Giants training camp. "Baker's the latest in a long line of critics of that pick. If I were Dan, I wouldn't even pay it any mind."

It's the second time in recent weeks that Mayfield seemingly has taken a shot at the Giants. In an article published last month in ESPN The Magazine, Mayfield said of former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. joining him in Cleveland: "He's here to play in front of fans who actually care, who will actually show up to every game and pack the stadium and love him for who he is."

That comment infuriated the many Giants fans who rooted for Beckham up until the moment he was traded.

Like Shurmur said, Mayfield is certainly not alone in criticizing the Jones pick. Many analysts and fans believed it was a reach at No. 6. But Jones has been impressive so far in the preseason, completing 11 of 15 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.