The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew that going from Tom Brady to anybody else would be a downgrade.
Still, they took a flier on Baker Mayfield, who closed out the season on a high note with the Los Angeles Rams after being waived by the Carolina Panthers.
Needless to say, there were plenty of doubts about Mayfield’s potential as a starter at this point in his career, especially considering he actually had to compete with Kyle Trask for the job; he wasn’t even a lock to be QB1.
But so far, so good for the former No. 1 pick.
Mayfield has turned some heads and put people on notice, but he’s done doing all that talking.
That’s why sports analyst Marcus Spears recently called him a ‘mixtape god,’ stating that he’s handling himself like an ‘underground rapper’ and dropping some mixtapes on the field (via NFL on ESPN).
"The best thing about Baker Mayfield right now, he's like a underground rapper. All he's doing is putting out mixtapes. He's not mainstream, he's a mixtape god."@mspears96 is a fan of Baker's play through two weeks 🗣️ 🎤 pic.twitter.com/MzL4ttFnfY
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 19, 2023
Mayfield took the road to face the Minnesota Vikings, and spoiled their season opener with a hard-fought win.
Then, they hosted the Chicago Bears and put up a bit of an offensive clinic, albeit against a team that had allowed at least 25 points in his previous 11 games.
One could argue that Scott Bowles’ team hasn’t been truly put to the test thus far, and that could be valid.
But Mayfield is finally playing as loose as he played when he was in college, without all that weight on his shoulders and all the need to prove his worth on every single pass or drop back.NEXT: Richard Sherman Shares Praise For Baker Mayfield