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Baker Mayfield fires back at Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd

CLEVELAND  – Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is quickly realizing the expectations and criticism that come with being the No. 1 overall pick.

So when Fox Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd decided to question Mayfield’s abilities in a tweet, Tuesday, the Heisman Winner wasted no time defending himself.

In the tweet, Cowherd was commenting on a now deleted tweet from Rotoworld’s Evan Silva, who pulled a quote from a Cleveland.com story discussing how much Mayfield lagged behind veteran QB Tyrod Taylor at mini-camp. “Marginal size and athleticism isn’t a NUMBER ONE pick. In any draft. In any sport,” Cowherd’s post read. While conventional wisdom suggests ignoring outside criticism such as Cowherd’s, Mayfield wasted no time firing back.

By responding, Mayfield – who is no stranger to proving people wrong having walked on at Oklahoma and surprised many by winning a Heisman – committed the cardinal sin of pro athletes. Fortunately, he’ll have a chance to prove to Cowherd wrong at training camp next month, as he looks to battle Taylor for the starting job.

To this point, the team has maintained that Taylor will be the starter when the regular season commences in September. However, reports out of OTAs and mandatory mini-camp suggest that the rookie is already earning his teammate’s favor and improving as a passer. Even if Mayfield is unable to overtake Taylor as the starter, he still has plenty of time to validate the Browns decision to pick him first overall. In fact, they seem prepared to take their time developing him.

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