Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

QB Baker Mayfield: Giants 'Ideal Situation'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

QB Baker Mayfield: Giants 'Ideal Situation'

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Baker Mayfield isn't playing favorites.

But if he had his pick of where to play in the NFL next season, Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback certainly isn't averse to joining the New York Giants.

"Throwing the ball to [Evan] Engram, Shep [Sterling Shepard] and Odell [Beckham Jr.] wouldn't be too bad. That's some studs right there," Mayfield said Friday in an appearance for Panini trading cards as part of Super Bowl LII festivities on Radio Row at the Mall of America. "That'd be an ideal situation. Being there, that's a big-time franchise. The spotlight, I think I thrive on that, so that would be an ideal situation."

Mayfield met with the New York Jets last week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. He said he was expected to meet with the Giants, but their interview was canceled due to his late arrival, which was delayed because of health concerns for his mother.

The Giants have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft. USC quarterback Sam Darnold told The Record and NorthJersey.com on Thursday that it would be an honor to play for the Giants.

The presence of Eli Manning complicates matters some, but Mayfield would welcome the chance to join the two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback, even if it means starting out his career on the sideline.

"I'm ready to go and compete," Mayfield added. "I'm not gonna wait lightly, but obviously sitting behind Eli would be a great situation."

It's possible the Giants will meet with Mayfield in Indianapolis later this month at the Scouting Combine, where he acknowledges that his priority will be to prove to teams that he isn't going to be the "next Johnny Manziel."

"A lot of the stuff [teams will want to know] is off the field and whether I'm going to be the next Johnny Manziel," said Mayfield, who did meet with the Jets among others at the Senior Bowl. "That's the biggest question I've already had to address a lot, whether I'm going to grow up and whether I'm going to handle things that come my way the right way, or if I'm not. For me it's just being honest and showing them I love the game. There's a lot of passion to it, and there are mistakes that I've had, but I've learned from them. …

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