North Notes: Mayfield, Steelers, Moore

Browns fans enjoyed the chance to see a matchup between the quarterback most assumed they’d select vs. the one they actually did on Thursday, and Baker Mayfield won the first round between he and Sam Darnold. The USC-developed passer loomed as the frontrunner to go No. 1 overall for months, until Mayfield buzz increased during draft week. However, it wasn’t that tough of a decision for John Dorsey, with Terry Pluto of noting the new Browns GM had a “far higher” grade on Mayfield than Darnold. Both Pluto and’s Mary Kay Cabot write that a return to Tyrod Taylor as the starter doesn’t make sense, with Cabot adding the months-long stance to start Taylor over Mayfield was made by both Dorsey and Hue Jackson. After the Browns’ 21-17 win over the Jets, Dorsey, per Cabot, was overheard saying to owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, “I think I picked the right one,” appearing to reference the controversial Mayfield-over-Darnold selection.

Here’s the latest out of the North divisions:

  • Sterling Moore has a workout scheduled with the Bears for next week, Jane Slater of tweets. A former Saints, Cowboys and Buccaneers starter, Moore failed to make the Lions’ 53-man roster out of training camp. The 28-year-old cornerback played six games with the Saints last season, his second stint in New Orleans.
  • The Steelers‘ corner situation will see a boost in a bigger-than-expected spot Monday night. Joe Haden appears set to return for Pittsburgh after missing Week 2, Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio tweets. Haden practiced fully on Saturday. Morgan Burnett, however, doesn’t look likely to suit up Monday. The Steelers listed their recently signed safety as doubtful to face the Buccaneers.
  • Pittsburgh’s reeling on its offensive line. David DeCastro will miss his second straight game because of the fractured right hand he suffered in Week 1. Marcus Gilbert is doubtful for Week 3 because of a hamstring malady. The Steelers declared DeCastro out, and the Associated Press notes B.J. Finney will start in his place. Matt Feiler is in line to start at right tackle for Gilbert, per the AP. The Steelers struggled to produce much on the ground in Week 2 without some key pieces, with James Conner being held to 17 rushing yards after a 135-yard debut in Cleveland. Of course, the Chiefs’ 21-0 start forced the Steelers to pass much more often than they would have otherwise done.
  • The Ravens did not make a move to adjust their cornerback situation on Saturday, meaning they’ll be down to four healthy players at this spot against the Broncos on Sunday. Rookie Anthony Averett will miss Week 3, Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun notes. This may force rookie UDFA Darious Williams into action. Although, Baltimore’s still in relatively good shape despite Averett and Jimmy Smith‘s absences. Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr and Tavon Young are available.
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16 comments on “North Notes: Mayfield, Steelers, Moore

  1. crosseyedlemon

    635 days between Brown victories and the GM gloats? That’s hilarious.

    • jb19

      Current GM is 1-2… your comments on these boards are easily the most annoying.

        • jb19

          Why would you count the previous year? He was hired week 14 and you want to count four losses from last year? He had the most turned over roster in the league coming into 2019… but he is 1-1-1, this year, not 1-2 like I stated earlier.

          • ohiodevil

            His job title was General Manager….so he’s saddled with the record. No different than when a coach takes over a team mid season….he’s credited with the wins or losses, regardless of player moves

  2. sufferfortribe

    Of course Dorsey made the right choice. When’s the last time a successful QB came out of USC?

    • adkuchan

      I could see this point if you were referring to coaching, but USC has had several different regimes over the last decade. You think it’s just something in the air? Who was the last successful Sooner QB? You gonna tell me Sam Bradford was better than Carson Palmer? There is no magic pill for QBs. No school is churning out MVP QBs every few years.

  3. jb19

    On this forum about 3 weeks ago, there were people on here saying tyrod was better than Baker. Which I think many people disagreed… that argument is now over… not only that, Tyrod will get no extension from the browns, unless it’s well under market rate and to be the backup.

    • crosseyedlemon

      So after a single win against another rookie QB and with a 3 turnover assist, you have concluded that Mayfield is the long awaited savior? That’s hilarious.

      • jb19

        Compare stats. Perhaps watch the game replay. Night and day difference. Baker is better than Tyrod. That debate was put to rest Thursday night… all I said was that Baker is better than tyrod and you think I mentioned Baker is the savior of the franchise. Nice try. Go troll somewhere else.

        • pghsports88

          I’ll be curious to see how Mayfield does now that teams have some regular season game film on him. It’s really difficult to call him the savior after seeing him shred a bad Jets defense (NFL preseason ranking 25th in the league).

          I would agree there are things to be excited about with him but I have many friends from Cleveland who said the same thing about (insert names of most quarterbacks from the past 20 years here).

          Good first win and I think you will have a few more to come this year.

    • Kenleyfornia74

      I said they should not have traded away the 65th pick for Tyrod and people went nuts

  4. madmanTX

    People will say Bell would have produced better this past game, but Bell would have faced the same issues with the line being hurt and losing the blocking that made him look good and gave him the time to adjust his runs like he does.

    • mgrap84

      I agree, Bell is great and all but if the line isn’t blocking or creating lanes then he won’t be able to do anything either. I think Connor is doing a good job.

  5. mgrap84

    Ravens need to do something at CB because Tavon Young can’t cover anyone. Watching him against the Bengals was painful. Whenever they threw it, it was too the guy he was supposed to be covering.

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