Baker Mayfield back on the field, ‘good to go’ for Patriots week - News & Notes

Baker Mayfield was right back where he always is when the Browns resumed practice Monday.

After a week off from throwing, Mayfield, who has been dealing with a hip injury, was back under center for the Browns as they began their preparations for Sunday’s trip to New England.

“I thought he looked good today,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said. “Focused, concentrated, threw the ball well, moved around well. He is good to go.”

Mayfield largely watched from the sidelines during the team’s two practices last week. He suffered the injury during the first half of Cleveland’s Week 6 loss to the Seahawks but did not miss a snap.

Safety Damarious Randall was not present during the portion of practice open to reporters. He’s considered “day to day,” Kitchens said.

Check out photos from today's practice by team photographer Matt Starkey

-- Kitchens praised the character of Pro Bowl pass rusher Myles Garrett, who was allegedly punched by a man last week while sitting in his car after posing for a picture with him.

“I was glad he did not get hurt,” Kitchens said. “But Myles Garrett is a good person. It is just sad to see somebody take advantage of a good person like that.

“You know what, it is sad that we have to talk about things like that. But we always stress for our guys to be careful. But, who could ever see something like that coming? You see guys all the time. You see people all the time that is wanting to take pictures or get autographs, and things like that. Usually, the other part of it gets reported, right? The guy that won't spend time taking a picture or rowdy at signing autographs and all that. Then, that guy becomes what? He is not really friend friendly or fan friendly. You hardly ever see the other side of this. Which is just sad that somebody will take advantage of it like that. Especially with a guy like Myles."

-- Mack Wilson said he’s been arriving to the Browns’ facility 30 minutes to an hour early every day to get in some extra film study.

The fifth-round rookie linebacker has had plenty on his plate since taking over for veteran Christian Kirksey, and he’s been making the most of every moment in his day to stay on top of things.

“I feel like that helps me out a lot because at this level, it is all about just doing your job and paying attention to the details,” Wilson said. “If you do not do your job, you lose your job, so that is why I have to make sure I am on top of my game. Just continue to learn as much as I can while I am a rookie.”

-- Kitchens was unfazed by the Ravens win Sunday over the Seahawks, a victory that extended their lead in the AFC North to two and a half games over the Browns and the Steelers. The Seahawks are the first common opponent Baltimore has beaten that Cleveland hasn’t.

“Nothing has changed for us,” Kitchens said. “We are more worried about us than the Ravens. We play them again. We are worried about us. It does not matter if we do not get better and continue to get better and do what we are supposed to do. We can only control us, what you are describing is across the league. There are 16 happy teams a week, not counting the byes; there are 16 happy teams and 16 teams where the world is ending. We just want to be one of those happy teams more often than we are not. 

“We are trying to stay focused on what we can control and that is how we practiced today and how we prepared in the meeting. We will worry about Wednesday on Wednesday, Thursday on Thursday and on down the week and when we get to Sunday, we need to put them in good positions to make plays and they need to make the plays.”

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