Baker Mayfield is not any stranger to skepticism, and his latest signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is not any completely different.
Mayfield, who signed a one-year contract with the Bucs in March following a short stint with the Los Angeles Rams late final season, spoke with the media Tuesday and was requested concerning the lack of dialog about Tampa Bay going into the 2023 season.
“I performed on this division final 12 months, and I’m fairly positive the Bucs received it nonetheless, so I do not actually care what the individuals in Vegas placing odds on it [think] as a result of it is Might,” the quarterback responded.
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“We’ve not performed an actual snap of soccer. There’s a lengthy strategy to go earlier than that. It is simply the time of 12 months the place everyone is fairly bored, and so they do not actually have a lot to speak about. And it makes it enjoyable.”
The post-Tom Brady period has many questioning if the Bucs are reliable playoff contenders, however Mayfield stated Tuesday he’s “excited” by what the roster nonetheless has to supply.
“I’m very desperate to get to work with these guys.
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“From prime down it is all about profitable,” he added. “That is the most effective half — no distractions, no different nonsense. It is nearly how can we get on the identical web page towards profitable. That’s the way you construct an amazing franchise, and that is why it’s one.”
Mayfield’s 2022 season, which started with the Carolina Panthers, ended with a 19-16 additional time loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January and capped a 2-3 end with the Rams, who acquired him off waivers following Matthew Stafford’s season-ending harm in early December.
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The longtime former Cleveland Browns quarterback rapidly put to relaxation questions surrounding his means to be a beginning quarterback within the NFL with a fast turnaround to win his first sport for the Rams in Week 14.
In March, he signed with the Buccaneers and can now have an opportunity to compete for the beginning job with third-year sign caller Kyle Trask.