Jarvis Landry: Baker Mayfield comments on Duke Johnson a "non-issue"

Browns WR admits offense takes time to implement with a new OC

Daryl Ruiter
June 14, 2019 - 12:38 pm
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Shaker Heights, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Whatever perceived problems between teammates and Baker Mayfield over comments the Browns’ quarterback made during minicamp in response to Johnson’s trade request are just that – perceived.

That’s according to Browns receiver Jarvis Landry, who downplayed any problems between Mayfield and teammates a day after NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported Thursday afternoon that several veterans expressed their displeasure about the remarks to Mayfield last week and the air was cleared.

“It’s a non-issue,” Landry said Friday morning at his youth football camp held at Shaker Heights High School.

“My relationship with Duke is always gonna be the same but it’s a non-issue.”

Last week Johnson made it clear to reporters he wants to be traded as soon as possible because general manager John Dorsey explored dealing the running back earlier this offseason.

“I just think it’s better for me to get ahead of this, and if I’m going to be with a new team, I prefer it be before midseason just to give me a fair shot with the new team and just a chance to make a difference and play,” Johnson said. “Going in midseason is kind of tough, as you’ve seen with Carlos. It’s tough just getting in there because they have their guys, they have their system and you’ve just got to play catch-up.”

Following Johnson’s availability with reporters on June 4, Mayfield was candid when asked for his reaction to Johnson wanting out.

“That’s something that we’ve been dealing with for a while,” Mayfield said. “If we have guys that want to be here, they’ll show that, they’ll voice that. Obviously, he’s going to handle his stuff how he wants, but you’re either on this train or you’re not, it’s moving. You can get out of the way or you can join us. so it is what it is.”

Johnson also pledged that he would do his job and not be disgruntled or a distraction which Mayfield said he hopes happens.

“He’s got to do his job,” Mayfield, who also referred to the situation as “self-inflicted” said. “He said he’s a professional, I hope he does his job.”

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Landry doesn’t believe that Mayfield and Johnson, who were seen multiple times smiling and conversing with each other during the minicamp, will have any problems working together should Johnson remain with the team through training camp and into the season.

“I don't think it would be difficult at all,” Landry said. “I say to you it's a non-issue, and it's not one that we are feeling any particular way about. It's something that is being blown up from [the media] more than it really is. No offense.”

The Browns, who are the trendy favorites to win the AFC North this season and end the NFL’s longest playoff drought, are now a marked team.

They won’t be able to sneak up on anyone this fall after winning five of their last seven games and adding Pro Bowlers Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson and these types of stories come with the territory.

“That’s part of the story. That’s part of everything we’re trying to accomplish,” Landry said. “We’ll have to work through those things. The best way to tell about the foundation of something is internally and if we stay strong and we continue to trust each other, continue to build on our relationship, our chemistry, we’ll be fine.”

Silver also reported that the install of the offense with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken hasn’t gone smoothly and that head coach Freddie Kitchens has had to step in.

Landry admitted that while it hasn’t been smooth, it’s also not that unusual either.

“Listen, listen, listen, I have no idea about that,” Landry said, “But I will say that Freddie has done a great job of monitoring, stepping in when he needs to step in. Todd, he continues to teach us the ways that…every guy is different as far as learning, he continues to try and teach us, and we go from there. It’s a new offense so there’s a lot to learn, a lot of moving parts so it takes some time. Not everything goes smoothly.”  

Landry ran drills with nearly 300 kids and even took time to teach them his favorite move – the stiff arm – while owner Jimmy Haslam, executive vice president JW Johnson and general manager John Dorsey looked on.

The youth camp, which runs through the weekend, is part of a busy few days for the Browns receiver. On Saturday Landry will host his first celebrity softball game featuring teammates, celebrities and friends from across the NFL and sports at Classic Park in Eastlake.

The game begins at 5 p.m. with a Home Run Derby at 4. Gates open at 3.