'Annoying little brother' Baker Mayfield once aspired to be like his Browns backup

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BEREA, Ohio — Growing up, Baker Mayfield admired Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre from afar. But up close, he idolized the quarterback now backing him up on the Cleveland Browns.

Long before he emerged into an NFL franchise quarterback, Mayfield was an undersized middle-schooler, dreaming one day he might become Lake Travis High School’s next Garrett Gilbert.

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“I’ve always looked up to Garrett,” said Mayfield, 24. “It’s so surreal to have him on the same team.”

After having his banner season playing in the Alliance of American Football cut short this spring when the league unexpectedly folded, Gilbert is now trying to make the 53-man roster in Cleveland as a third quarterback, alongside trusted veteran Drew Stanton.

Gilbert has impressed all during training camp, flashing the big arm that made him a five-star recruit a decade ago. In Saturday’s preseason game at Indianapolis, Gilbert got the start with Mayfield resting and delivered his finest performance yet, tossing two touchdowns to lead the Browns to a victory.

“He came in and had control of the huddle,” Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said. “Made some plays. … eliminated mistakes. I thought he performed really well.”


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