By Phil Thompson, Press Association Sport
Baker Mayfield is set to miss Cleveland’s summer workouts with a rib injury but insists it will not affect his first week in camp as he vies to be the Browns’ new quarterback.
Mayfield, who has just turned 22 and was drafted No 1 overall by the Browns in April, is the first rookie to take over a team’s top job since Jared Lorenzen in 1997.
He has never played in an NFL regular season game but his play has impressed US commentators with first-year Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson telling the media he has not seen any player since John Elway in the 1970s who has the potential to light up the sport.
However, Mayfield is suffering from rib and shoulder injuries and although he should be fit to resume football activities when Cleveland take part in their first training camp on 19 July, he is refusing to let the setbacks affect him.
“I’ve got my work cut out for me in terms of the week before camp starts, then I can get into working on anything else they need me to do during camp,” he told USA Today.
“I’ve got to get my work week and through the camp. There is still that three-to-four-day thing. The next day I’ve got to get right. That’s what I’ve got to keep getting through.
“I’m not exactly how you’d describe a person who would be laid up but it’s been minor injuries so far.”