He is fearless and fiery and not everyone's cup of tea. He has brass cajones and doesn't mind grabbing them in public to tell the opponent exactly how he feels about them. He is gutsy, electric and the owner of a coveted piece of stiff-arming hardware. Some people think he's too short for the job. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the most polarizing prospect at Senior Bowl week, a game-changing college force facing a litany of questions before he plays at the next level. Is he an outlaw, a savior or both? "Everybody wants to portray the bad boy, the Johnny Manziel stuff, but no," Mayfield said Tuesday. "I love the game of football. There's no doubt about that. Emotional player. I'll do whatever it takes to win. I love being around my teammates and I love leading and having responsibility." Mayfield could ignite the Jets’ flame or flame out in the biggest, brightest place of them all. He could be Broadway Baker and galvanize a frustrated fan base. Maybe he's the truth. Maybe he's just another tease. Regardless, he didn't win the Heisman Trophy this season by accident. He was the dynamic difference-making leader who helped Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. He was a statistical giant (43 touchdowns and six interceptions) in the final season of a surreal college life that has included flag-planting (against Ohio State), crotch-grabbing (against Kansas) and a public intoxication arrest. He created a mini-hubbub recently on social media by posting that he wanted to play for the Dolphins before clarifying his remarks on a different social media platform. (Real talk: This "incident" was indeed blown out of proportion.)
Could polarizing Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield save the Jets?
New York Daily News | Jan 24