AFC Notes: Browns, Raiders, Ravens


Browns first-round QB Baker Mayfield says that if he can’t win the starting job this summer, he plans to be the best possible backup.

“I wasn’t brought here to just start,” Mayfield said, via Pro Football Talk. “I was brought here to help turn things around. Whatever my role is, that’s what I’ll do. Whether that’s to run the scout team or be the best backup possible or playing. I need to be prepared for when I do get my shot to play. Other than that I’ll keep getting better and contribute to this team.”

Meanwhile, Browns OC Todd Haley mentioned that Mayfield still has “a long way to go.”

“(Mayfield) has a long way to go,” Haley said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’d say it’s clear that Tyrod is the leader of this team. That is a big component of that position, also. What I will say is probably in my career, this is one of the best if not the best quarterbacks rooms in general that I’ve had.


Raiders HC Jon Gruden said third-year S Erik Harris has been “stunning” in practice and has played with the first-team defense the past two days.

A that’s been really stunning for us has been Erik Harris. I’m doing my research on this guy. Who is this cat? This guy has played really good football for us. I don’t care what round they are coming from. This kid is really rising to the top right now,” said Gruden, via Gehlken.

Recently acquired Raiders WR Ryan Switzer said there is “no question” that he sees an opportunity to gain the starting slot receiver role.

No question. No question. I’m excited to be here, especially on the offensive side of the ball,” said Switzer, via Gehlken.


  • Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs said he’s taking it one year at a time but he’s not thinking about retirement: “I really couldn’t picture myself doing anything else.” (Jeff Zrebiec)

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