Joe Burrow believes in Baker Mayfield: 'Every time we play him, he balls'

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Baker Mayfield has a believer in Joe Burrow.

The two quarterbacks went in polar opposite directions last year, with Burrow leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance and Mayfield finding himself replaced by Deshaun Watson.

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But Burrow says not to give up on Mayfield yet.

“That’s a tough situation,” he told the “Full Send” podcast. “He was hurt all last year. Every time we play him, he balls.

“First time we played him — Thursday night during Week 2 of my rookie year — we lost like 34-30. The next time we played them, I throw for 400 yards. He goes like 25-for-28 with five touchdowns. He went on a two-minute drive, touchdown, they won the game.”

Of course, those games came two years ago when Mayfield had the best season of his career but the Browns still got the best of the Bengals in 2021.

Mayfield played in just one of those games, Week 9, when he went 14-for-21 for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

With the Browns trading for Watson (who may miss some of the season pending a suspension) it is likely Mayfield could be traded before the start of the season.

“I think when you have a guy like Deshaun, you gotta take a chance at that because he’s such a great player,” Burrow said. “But Baker will land on his feet. He’s a really good player.”

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