Browns Legend Jim Brown on Baker Mayfield: 'I Like Everything About Him'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2018

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Legendary Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown is all-in on the Baker Mayfield hype train.

In an interview with TMZ Sports on Wednesday, Brown said, "He's a gunslinger, he can throw the ball, he's got a great attitude, he's young. I like everything about him."

After Cleveland selected Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft over Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Brown seemed upset and said he had "no comment" on the pick.

Five months later, Brown admitted he may have been wrong to doubt the selection: "They didn't go with what everybody said, including myself. They went with what they thought was correct, and I really appreciate being able to say to them, 'I guess you were right.'"

Mayfield saw his first game action last week when veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor exited the game against the New York Jets with a concussion.

Cleveland was trailing 14-0 when Mayfield entered the game, but it went on to secure a 21-17 victory and its first win since 2016.

Mayfield went 17-of-23 for 201 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and caught a successful two-point conversion.

Head coach Hue Jackson subsequently named him the starting quarterback.

The Browns are 1-1-1 and coming off an 0-16 season, but Brown believes they "absolutely" have a chance to win the AFC North.

Cleveland will look to take another step toward that goal Sunday when it faces the Oakland Raiders on the road.

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