But Taylor suffered a first-half concussion, and rookie Baker Mayfield finished the game.
According to one Browns’ coach, it didn’t take long for Mayfield to win over his teammates.
‘I don’t even know who you are, man’
On Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Dianna Russini tweeted a brief story from former Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie – who himself became something of a star last year thanks to Cleveland’s turn on “Hard Knocks,” which showed his bushy gray mustache and generous belly that jiggled when he yelled, “Set-Hut!” to his charges.
During that game against the Jets, the offensive linemen came to the Browns’ sideline laughing, which of course prompted Wylie to ask what was so funny.
They told Wylie that one of the Jets’ defensive players looked at Mayfield and said, “Hey rookie, we are coming after you.”
Mayfield snapped back, “I don’t even know who you are, man.”
The linemen knew they had their guy.
Mayfield led comeback
When Mayfield came into that game against New York, the Browns were down 14-0 with just under 2 minutes left in the first half.
His first two passes went for 14 and 17 yards, but he was sacked on his third play.
The Browns took a timeout, and Mayfield completed a 16-yard pass when they returned to the field, putting Cleveland in field-goal position. Greg Joseph made a 45-yard field goal, and the Browns went into halftime down 14-3.
In the second half, Mayfield went 14-for-19 for 154 yards, and while he didn’t throw a touchdown pass, he still led the Browns to two touchdowns and a field goal. They won, 21-17, the first time Cleveland had won a game since Dec. 24, 2016.
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