In just his first year in the NFL, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield quickly earned plaudits for his leadership. That has generally been a positive, but Mayfield was pretty critical of a prominent teammate today, as minicamp opened.
Running back Duke Johnson has been pushing for a trade this off-season. While Johnson’s role in the offense is more as a third-down back and pass-catcher, the team has added a lot at his position in the last few years.
Last year, former Georgia star Nick Chubb emerged as a dangerous every down back option midway through his rookie year. Months ago, the team also made the controversial signing for former Kansas City Chiefs star Kareem Hunt, who will open the year with an eight-game suspension.
Johnson still wants to be moved, but he reported to Browns camp today.
When asked if the Duke Johnson situation was “awkward,” Baker Mayfield had a pretty harsh response.
Mayfield said that the situation wasn’t awkward for him, because Johnson put himself in the situation:
#Browns Baker Mayfield on Duke Johnson being in an awkward position. “It’s not awkward. It’s self-inflicted. I hope he does his job.”
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) June 4, 2019
Mayfield isn’t wrong, but it is a bit surprising to see him that critical of one of the older guys he is playing with, especially one that, as of now, will be his teammate in the fall if the Browns don’t change their stance on trading him.
Last season, Johnson ran 40 times for 201 yards, and added 47 catches for 429 yards and three scores.