BEREA, Ohio – There’s actually not a lot right here, however it’s the canine days of the NFL summer season, the actual season doesn’t kick off for an additional three weeks and Daniel Jones and Baker Mayfield are spending two days taking part in quarterback for his or her respective groups on the identical subject throughout joint practices. So, why not revisit a bit disharmony between the 2?
“We’re nice,” Mayfield stated on Friday.
“Nice” might be too sturdy an outline of the Jones-Mayfield relationship. In spite of everything, it was precisely two years in the past when Mayfield, out of the blue, was quoted in GQ Journal saying “I can’t imagine the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my thoughts.”
This was 4 months after the Giants made Jones the No. 6 general choose within the 2019 NFL Draft.
Mayfield was additionally quoted as saying, “Some folks overthink it. That’s the place folks go unsuitable. They overlook you’ve gotta win.”
This definitely appeared like a pointed shot at Jones, who went 17-19 as a beginning quarterback at Duke. Although, the Giants taking him so excessive within the first spherical was a shock to many and a shock to most.
Doing injury management, Mayfield two years in the past responded on Instagram by posting that he didn’t say what he was quoted as saying about Jones. “I additionally stated I used to be shocked I received drafted primary,” Mayfield wrote. “That was speaking in regards to the flaws in evaluating QBs. The place I introduced up profitable being vital. Reporters and media will do something to give you a click on bait story. Heard nothing however good issues and want nothing however the most effective for Daniel.”
Requested about this on the time, Jones, a rookie in his first NFL coaching camp, stated, “I believe he’s an amazing participant. He can throw it and I get pleasure from watching him play.”
Jones went on to say “I’m undecided I might do it that method” in direct response to Mayfield’s feedback.
Mayfield, after the quotes surfaced, reached out to Jones to make clear the feedback and stated Jones responded with this: “No worries, man.”
Reminded about this two years later, Mayfield stated he had an opportunity to speak with Jones when he, with the assistance of former Giants backup Colt McCoy, organized a Giants passing camp final yr in Austin, Texas. Mayfield stated he and Jones additionally exchanged pleasantries Thursday on the primary day of the joint practices.
Mayfield was taken No. 1 general by the Browns in 2018 and, on the following choose, the Giants chosen working again Saquon Barkley. The 2 gamers received to know one another in the course of the leadup to that draft.
“Saquon’s like my little brother,” Mayfield stated. “I deal with him like my son. I pat him on the pinnacle.”
Extra guarded than he was when he entered the league, however nonetheless a lot colourful, Mayfield engaged in continuous chatter with Jabrill Peppers, the Giants sturdy security who was with the Browns in 2017 and 2018. Peppers cracked that he instructed the 6-foot-1 Mayfield he couldn’t see over the road of scrimmage.
“If I can’t see over the road, I do know he can’t see over the road,” Mayfield stated of the 5-foot-11 Peppers. “Little Pep.”