Baker Mayfield Says He, Daniel Jones On Good Terms After Text Exchange

Browns Quarterback: Comments To GQ Taken Out Of Context

Ryan Chatelain
August 21, 2019 - 1:09 pm
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Baker Mayfield said Wednesday his comments about Daniel Jones were taken out of context and that he reached out to the Giants rookie to smooth things over.

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The Browns quarterback told reporters in Cleveland that he and Jones exchanged text messages after Mayfield's comments in GQ made headlines Tuesday. In the feature, Mayfield is quoted as saying back in April: "I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones (in the draft). Blows my mind."

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

In New York, that was largely interpreted as an insult toward Jones, the former Duke quarterback whom the Giants selected sixth overall.

"It had nothing to do specifically about Daniel, about the winning and stuff," Mayfield insisted Wednesday. "But I reached out to Daniel because all that blew way out of hand, and I wanted him to know how I felt."

Mayfield said the part about winning was actually in reference to his own "well-documented" frustration about the lack of interest he received from college programs when he was coming out of high school.

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"Once it came out, I was like, 'Wow.' Completely forgot that we even had that conversation back in April and then was pretty confused about it, to be honest with you, because that wasn't what the conversation was," Mayfield said of the article and the backlash he received.

"That's the type of thing that frustrates me because it was taken out of context, and top of that now we're talking about something that's not about the Browns," Mayfield said.

The Browns QB said Jones was "cordial" and told him "no worries" in their text exchange.

Mayfield said it was important for him to clear the air because he felt like his character had been attacked.

"I know Saquon (Barkley) and Sterling (Shepard) and a couple of guys over there as well, and so I think that's the good thing about having people around the league that you know is it can be said whatever's on the outside, people can have their opinions, but when it comes down to it, I've worked with some people and they know how I am inside the building and know who I am as a person," Mayfield said.