Rams say Baker Mayfield does not have to know complete playbook

Baker Mayfield had 48 hours to prepare for what turned out to be a historic efficiency.

After main the Rams to a last-minute victory over the Las Vegas Raiders final week, it took the quarterback about 72 hours to come back down.

“Probably Sunday afternoon my adrenaline and everything kind of like settled down a little bit,” Mayfield mentioned Thursday. “I slept for probably a day and half.”

Mayfield was awake and prepared for what comes subsequent because the Rams started preparations for a recreation Monday night time in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers at Lambeau Area.

Three days of apply most likely will look like an eternity to Mayfield.

After the Rams claimed him off waivers on Dec. 6, Mayfield primarily had one apply to arrange to come back off the bench in opposition to the Raiders.

The highest choose within the 2018 NFL draft performed three-plus quarters and led two fourth-quarter scoring drives. Mayfield’s landing move to Van Jefferson with 10 seconds left gave the Rams a 17-16 lead. He accomplished 22 of 35 passes for 230 yards in a victory that ended a six-game dropping streak.

“It was really special but one of those things that you can’t really wrap your head around, I don’t think, ever,” he mentioned when requested if had been capable of course of the importance of his efficiency.

Mayfield was glad to have just a few days earlier than starting the subsequent section. The Rams have video games remaining in opposition to the Packers, Denver Broncos, Chargers and Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s definitely nice to be able to take a deep breath a little bit,” he mentioned, including, “It’s going to be nice, you know, for me just being a really routine guy, it’ll be good going into this next game having a full week of practice and prep.”

Coach Sean McVay doesn’t need Mayfield to be taught your complete Rams playbook. Extra like “bite-sized increments,” McVay mentioned Thursday.

“It’s kind of our responsibility to keep it tight,” he mentioned.

McVay cited conversations he has had with Boston Celtics government Brad Stevens about find out how to get essentially the most out of gamers.

“Give ‘em just enough to try to go play great,” McVay said.

So McVay will not overload Mayfield.

“You only have a certain amount of plays that you’re going to have the ability to get off in a given week,” McVay mentioned, “and I think it’s just continuing to build incrementally.

“But, really, you’re not too limited just based on his capacity and his understanding.”

Mayfield already has proved a fast research — and a quarterback capable of be taught on the fly no matter distractions.

Two performs earlier than his game-winning landing move to Jefferson, Mayfield accomplished a move to Ben Skowronek, after which hustled to take a snap and spike the ball to cease the clock.

“[Center] Brian Allen is yelling in my face what the cadence is, and Sean’s yelling in my ear the same thing,” Mayfield mentioned, “So, it’s the little things like that you remember and they’re pretty funny to look back on.”

Now Mayfield is trying forward.

He has 4 extra video games to show to the Rams, and 31 different NFL groups, that he generally is a viable starter or backup.

“I’m looking to get better each week,” he mentioned. “Get to a certain point of just being the best version of me and elevating this team in any way I can and just being myself.

“Circumstances happened and now I’m here, so I’m going try and make the most of it.”

And many others.

The Rams launched outdoors linebacker Terrell Lewis. Lewis, a 2020 third-round draft choose from Alabama, performed in 11 video games this season and made 13 tackles, together with a sack. He additionally intercepted a move. Lewis and Justin Hollins had been anticipated to switch Von Miller, who signed a free-agent contract with the Buffalo Payments after final season’s Tremendous Bowl LVI victory. The Rams launched Hollins final month. … Allen (knee) defensive linemen Aaron Donald (ankle) and Marquise Copeland (ankle) linebacker Travin Howard (hip) cornerback David Lengthy (groin) and quarterback John Wolford (neck) didn’t apply. Linebacker Ernest Jones (wrist) and cornerback Robert Rochell (wrist) had been restricted.