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    BEREA David Njoku Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield bravely stood in the pocket last week, held the ball — sometimes for too long — and took some punishing shots from the Los Angeles Chargers.He hasn’t recovered.Physically, he’s fine. Mentally, Cleveland’s quarterback hasn’t healed.“That is the worst loss that I have ever had,” Mayfield said Wednesday.For the first time this season, the Browns (2-3-1) weren’t competitive in Sunday’s 38-14 loss to the Chargers, and Mayfield looked like what he is: a rookie who is going to make mistakes and take some lumps from time to time.But as he and his teammates prepare to play at Tampa Bay on Sunday, the No. 1 overall pick is showing leadership and a resolve not to let it happen again. The Browns may soon find out how far they’ve come — or how far they’ve got to go.“Any loss like that hurts,” Mayfield said. “You have to push forward and just have to do your job, and you will find out what this team is made of. It is never about the week before or if you win or lose — it is how you react from it. Coming off of a loss, we will really see what this team is made of.”Mayfield’s third career pro start was one of the worst of his football life. He completed just 22 of 46 passes (48 percent) for 238 yards with two interceptions.For a player who completed 71 percent of his passes last season at Oklahoma and 69 percent over four years (the first at Texas Tech), Mayfield’s inaccuracy against the Chargers was an anomaly.It was the first time his completion rate was under 50 percent since Nov. 21, 2015, when he went 9 of 20 against TCU. However, he only played the first half of that game because of a concussion.Mayfield only twice completed less than 50 percent of his passes in 48 college games, which is why he was so despondent about his performance last week.“Mathematically, which I think goes hand in hand with emotionally,” he said when asked why he called it his worst loss. “Just did not play well Larry Ogunjobi Color Rush Jersey , plain and simple. No way around it. It was not fun.”Cleveland’s offensive line struggled to protect Mayfield, whose mobility was impacted when he slipped and tweaked his ankle while running out of bounds in the first quarter. The Chargers were able to keep Mayfield from rolling out and making plays.But perhaps more problematic was Mayfield missed open receivers, misread coverages and didn’t release the ball quickly enough. There were plays when a simple dump-off throw to a running back would have been a better option.“Kudos to them for doing their job,” Mayfield said of the Chargers. “They did it well. At the same time, if I get the ball out of my hands, then none of that really matters. It just comes down to me not doing my job to the best of my ability, plain and simple. There is no way around it. I have to be better for this team and be that for our offense.”Browns coach Hue Jackson was pleased to hear that Mayfield was accountable. However, it wasn’t entirely his fault as Cleveland’s receivers weren’t getting open and rookies Antonio Callaway and Damion Ratley didn’t make plays on deep balls that could have been touchdowns.Mayfield took the blame.Jackson spread it around.“We have to make sure that we are in the right spots for him all of the time,” Jackson said. “I think there were some opportunities there. As I said to our line coaches, we have to make sure that we give up ground grudgingly for this young man. I do not want people hitting our quarterback. He has been hit way too much in my mind and then he has to get the ball out of his hand.“I have seen some things where he can improve, but I have seen some things where the unit can improve more than anything.”NOTES: QB Tyrod Taylor, who lost his job to Mayfield when he suffered a concussion in Week 3, believes he can still be a winning NFL starter. The 29-year-old said he has not considered asking for a trade. “My mindset is to continue to keep helping this team,” Taylor said in his first extensive interview since getting hurt. “It’s a new role for me.” Taylor will be a free agent after the season, and Jackson expects him to finish it with the Browns. “Until someone tells me something differently,” Jackson said. “He is our backup quarterback.” … Starting C JC Tretter (ankle) did not practice, but Jackson thinks he’ll be ready for Sunday. If not, rookie Austin Corbett will start. Cleveland Browns:“Gregg Williams on the greatest turnaround in Browns’ history” (Plain Dealer) – “Gregg Williams http://www.brownsfanshop.com/Sione-Takitaki-Jersey , who was here for 0-16 last year, attributed the greatest turnaround in Browns history — seven games — to the players pulling together.”“Should the Browns keep Kitchens? The complexity behind the idea” (WFNY) – “On January 12, 2017, the Los Angeles Rams made the controversial hiring of Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay aa their head coach.”“Dear Santa: Thanks to Baker Mayfield, it’s been 25 years since I’ve had this much fun watching Cleveland Browns football” (WKYC) – “Dave “Dino” DeNatale sends a thank you letter to Santa for finally delivering the Cleveland Browns a quarterback…”“Baker Mayfield has found someone else to feud with, and it’s not Hue Jackson” (NYDN) – “Cowherd took issue with Mayfield showing up his former coach, Hue Jackson, by staring him down on the sideline after throwing a touchdown pass.”NFL:“Injuries: Marcus Mariota (stinger) feeling better” (NFL.com) – “Mariota’s injury, which the Titans are calling a stinger, is improving, according to coach Mike Vrabel, who hoped his quarterback can complete some work Monday and during the week.”“Jets claim ‘no truth to the report’ of interest in chasing Michigan coach” (CBS) – “CEO/owner Christopher Johnson issuing a statement that Todd Bowles is still the team’s coach and that ‘there is no truth’ to the Harbaugh rumors.”“As speculation swirls, Todd Bowles won’t discuss future with Jets” (ESPN) – “Preparing for what likely will be his final week as the coach of the New York Jets, Todd Bowles refused to address his tenuous job status Monday.”“Pete Carroll, Seahawks agree on extension through 2021” (PFT) – “Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll guided his team back to the playoffs after an offseason of major changes to the roster and he’s got a new contract to go with the Wild Card berth.”

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