Baker Mayfield doesn’t really care what skeptics think of the Bucs’ chances in 2023
Mayfield Baker is no stranger to skepticism, and his latest signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is no different.
Mayfield, who signed a one-year contract with the Bucs in March after a brief stint with the Los Angeles Rams at the end of last season, spoke to the media on Tuesday and was asked about the lack of conversation about Tampa Bay heading into the 2023 season.
“I played in that division last year, and I’m pretty sure the Bucs won it again, so I don’t care what people in Vegas put odds on it (think) because we we’re in May,” the quarterback replied.
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“We haven’t played a real game of football. There’s a long way to go before that. It’s just the time of year when everyone is bored, and they don’t really have a big -something to say to each other. And that makes it fun.”
THE the post-Tom Brady era many wonder if the Bucs are legitimate playoff contenders, but Mayfield said Tuesday he’s “excited” about what the roster still has to offer.
“I’m really looking forward to working with these guys.
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“Top down, it’s about winning,” he added. “That’s the best part – no distractions, no other nonsense. It’s just about how can we be on the same page to win. That’s how you build a great franchise , and that is why it is one.”
Mayfield’s 2022 season, which began with the carolina panthers, ended in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January and capped a 2-3 finish with the Rams, who acquired it on waivers after Matthew Stafford’s season-ending injury early December.
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The long time old Cleveland Browns the quarterback quickly put questions surrounding his ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL to rest with a quick turnaround to win his first game for the Rams in Week 14.
In March, he signed with the Buccaneers and will now have the chance to compete for the starting job with third-year signalman Kyle Trask.