Browns not buying Ravens hype of Baker Mayfield

Nick Chubb becomes third Brown to win 'Rookie of the Week' honors

Daryl Ruiter
October 05, 2018 - 3:48 pm

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Ravens defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale seems to be trying to kill the Browns and rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield with kindness this week.

“I think Baker Mayfield's this generation's Brett Favre, John Elway, if you will,” Martindale told Baltimore reporters. “I mean, this guy knows where he wants to go with the ball, and he's very accurate. He has a quick release and he's really playing well.”

Browns head coach Hue Jackson isn’t having it on Friday when asked about the comment.

“Tell Don, ‘Thank you,’ but I am not buying that,” Jackson said. “Don is a good man. I have known Don for a long time. Tell him that he is not buttering us up that way. That does not work.

“Baker is going to be what he is going to be. He has a lot of football ahead of him. The guy has played one game. Let’s let it all take its course. You just mentioned two names that are off the charts. If he is, that will be good for everybody, true? That is the way that it works.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s response Thursday to Martindale’s comment was just a humorous.

“He is carving a bust,” Haley said.

Tough love – With safety Damarious Randall playing through a heel bruise suffered Week 2 at New Orleans, don’t look for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for sympathy.

“I think it is good. Guess what? You are supposed to,” Williams said Friday. “You can only imagine my conversations with him. I really like him, a lot. He has a great personality He is a competitor. If you are looking for sympathy, you aren’t getting none. That is what a professional football player does.”

Williams noted he was back to work quickly after undergoing knee surgery this offseason.

“I got my leg cut up in the offseason,” Williams said. “I have a titanium knee now. I was back to work the second day. I was supposed to stay off for a month. That is what you are supposed to do.”

Rookie of the Week – Browns running back Nick Chubb was voted the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award after rushing for 105 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-42 overtime loss at Oakland last Sunday.

Chubb is the third rookie in 4 weeks to win the award – Denzel Ward in Week 1 and Baker Mayfield in Week 3. It marks the first time ever since the award’s inception three Browns rookies won it in the same season.

In 2002 Andre Davis and William Green won the honor, Green was named 3 times that year.

Flu bug – Linebacker Christian Kirksey missed Friday’s practice with the flu, but he is expected to play Sunday.

Kirksey was seen in the locker room after practice despite Jackson joking that they had Kirksey quarantined.

Injury report – Out: LB James Burgess (knee)

Questionable: LB Christian Kirksey (illness), FS Damarious Randall (heel)

Expected to play: WR Antonio Callaway (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (knee), DE Myles Garrett (wrist), QB Tyrod Taylor (back), DT Trevon Coley (wrist)