Jarvis Landry: Baker Mayfield’s attitude and charisma “is contagious”

Landry caught 7 of his 8 passes last week from Mayfield in win over Jets

Daryl Ruiter
September 26, 2018 - 4:07 pm
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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Jarvis Landry made “it’s contagious” a household catchphrase during Hard Knocks, and he broke it out again on Wednesday to describe rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Landry saw what everyone else did last Thursday night from the 2018 No. 1 overall pick – Mayfield made everyone on the field better.

“He definitely has that attitude and charisma, and that is contagious,” Landry said.

“One thing I know about him: he walk it like he talk it. That’s something that I appreciate and respect about him and he’s continued to do.”

Mayfield entered the game with less than 2 minutes left in the first half with the Browns trailing 14-0 after starter Tyrod Taylor left the game with a concussion.

Mayfield immediately fired a 14-yard strike to Landry and then another to tight end David Njoku for 17 more yards to get the offense jump started. The drive led to their first points of the night – a 45-yard field goal.

So, when did Landry know Mayfield was the real deal?

“Since the day they drafted him,” Landry, who followed Mayfield’s college career at Oklahoma from afar, said.  

One of Landry’s favorite moments came when Mayfield tried to plant the flag at midfield at Ohio Stadium after upsetting the Buckeyes last season.

“I know a lot of people were pissed but I think a lot of people are happy now that he’s winning in the orange and brown,” Landry said.

“Oh, I loved it. Oh, I loved it. Especially from the quarterback position, you’ve got to love it. You don’t really see that. I loved it.”

That swagger is something Landry feels from Mayfield, who backs it up with his play on the field. Mayfield completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards in 8 offensive series – 2 of which were kneel downs to end halves.

Landry caught 8 passes for 103 yards in the 21-17 win over the Jets with 7 of those catches coming from Mayfield that went for 92 yards.

After the game, Mayfield presented Landry with a “Bless’m” t-shirt commemorating the victory.

“Again, that’s just who he is,” Landry said.

The lone misfire between them came when a ball thrown by Mayfield went right through his hands and hit him in the chest in the fourth quarter, likely because it arrived much faster than Landry anticipated.

The velocity is something Landry is getting used to.

“It definitely is something I’m still adjusting to,” Landry said. “I try to catch as many balls from him every day, just trying to get that feel for it, but it’s definitely an adjustment.”

Landry, who has caught at least 5 passes in 20 consecutive games – the second-longest such streak in NFL history, leads the Browns with 20 catches for 278 yards through 3 weeks.

“I just envision my role as just being a playmaker and making plays when the ball’s coming my way, with the opportunity,” Landry said. “I left a lot out there and I made a lot thus far, and there’s more to be made.”