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Baker Mayfield says ‘I lost myself’ in Browns’ chaos final season

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said Friday that he’s within the next boom both bodily and mentally, and he admitted to losing his manner and doubting himself final twelve months amid the chaos in Cleveland.

“Having success all over highschool and college and having that same old so high, and the previous couple of years bear appropriate been a roller coaster of emotions and no longer nearly as worthy success as I’m outmoded to,” said Mayfield, who obtained the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2017 and used to be the No. 1 overall fetch within the 2018 draft. “So I’d declare I lost myself, no longer having that success, no longer finding out what used to be working. I have faith I tried assorted techniques of making an are trying to bear that success, and I didn’t acquire it.

“So I lost myself in that, and I wasn’t in a assortment to be who I [need to be] for these guys on the crew.”

After breaking the NFL rookie file with 27 touchdown passes in 2018, Mayfield struggled in his second season. He threw 22 touchdown passes but used to be intercepted 21 occasions, and the worthy-hyped Browns collapsed down the stretch on the manner to a 6-10 discontinue. Which means that, both head coach Freddie Kitchens and total supervisor John Dorsey were fired, clearing the manner for the Browns to rent first-twelve months head coach Kevin Stefanski and first-time GM Andrew Berry.

After struggling with weight concerns final twelve months, Mayfield showed up to practicing camp final week having added 4 kilos of lean mass whereas reducing body corpulent, per Berry, who noteworthy that Mayfield arrived in “terrific form.”

“I have faith there used to be a glorious deal of performs — taking a search for attend on final twelve months — bodily, I wasn’t in a assortment to determine as worthy, being beat up. So I used to be heavier than I used to be ever taking part in sooner than,” said Mayfield, who twice needed to snappily leave video games with separate accidents to his throwing hand and wrist. “… I needed so that you just can bear the scrambling means to inch within the pocket. It is my job to be in high bodily form, to point to up and function my job on Sundays.”

Mayfield said he outmoded a dietitian this offseason, with an emphasis on “reducing out the nasty body weight” to be faster inside of and exterior of the pocket. He said the silver lining of the digital offseason and being some distance from the crew facility in consequence of the coronavirus pandemic used to be that he used to be in a assortment to assign extra point of interest on getting the assign he wished to be mentally and bodily sooner than practicing camp.

“I’m in a worthy better boom,” Mayfield said. “I keep within the work. … [I’m] appropriate ready to roll, assault, get attend to the assign I’m able to also merely gentle be to be the leader for this crew, for this franchise. The rationale I’ve gotten right here is attributable to I’ve been myself, been in a assortment to assault daily with 100 p.c effort.”

Mayfield said overcoming previous adversity, which included being a two-time walk-on in college, at Texas Tech after which Oklahoma, has helped him work thru the doubt that surfaced final twelve months and rediscover his self-perception.

“I have faith that is a form of things that I talked about with our crew — you gotta acquire that perception. You gotta acquire that confidence in your self,” he said. “And that is the explanation what I’ve primarily based my memoir on, my entire profession on, is confidence in myself and taking those chances.”

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