Regardless of whether Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said what he said or didn’t say what he said or said more than what he said, and regardless of whether Clay Skipper of GQ was fair and appropriate in his handling of a situation that likely entailed Mayfield not realizing that what he said would be used against him, Mayfield’s words are resonating with the men who work with Daniel Jones.
“There’s two types of people in this world,” Giants tight end Evan Engram told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com on Tuesday. “There’s people who run their mouths and cry for attention and there’s people who put their head down, get to work and get stuff done. That’s everything Daniel’s been doing.”
Engram believes that Jones doesn’t ignore the noise, but that the noise doesn’t bother him.
“I see him as a guy that pays the criticism no mind,” Engram said. “Personally, I think he hears it and it’s kind of hard to ignore. Especially being in New York with the media being so crazy, but he’s the type of guy who’s real humble, real focused and not really worried about any of that.”
Giants running back Wayne Gallman agreed.
“Who cares about what they have to say?” Gallman told Lombardo. “But at the same time, Daniel is going to be a great quarterback in this league. Moving forward, a lot of teams will see that. People are going to say what they want to say, factual or not. Who really cares? Daniel is great quarterback. He’s a great guy.”
Mayfield’s quote, as attributed to him by Skipper, focused on the question of whether Jones should be drafted at No. 6 because he lost more games than he won in college. And Mayfield’s explanation concedes that something was said along those lines, even if Mayfield didn’t intend any of it to come off as critical of Jones, or as the case my be to be used at all.
Regardless, the Giants have seized on the perceived criticism as a way to support Jones. Ultimately, it won’t affect whether Jones can or can’t play. But to the extent that it makes others in the locker room more inclined to follow his led, the end result could be a win for a quarterback who in the apparent opinion of Mayfield hasn’t won enough.