Baker Mayfield vs. Browns headlines a slate of QB intrigue throughout the NFL

Deshaun Watson received’t make his debut for the Cleveland Browns on this primary Sunday of the NFL season. The quarterback is serving his 11-game suspension for violating the league’s private conduct coverage.

However 4 quarterbacks who modified groups within the offseason as a part of the fallout from Watson’s commerce and suspension — the Browns’ Jacoby Brissett, the Carolina Panthers’ Baker Mayfield, the Indianapolis Colts’ Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons’ Marcus Mariota — will make their first begins for his or her new franchises Sunday.

Mayfield issued what amounted to a farewell to Cleveland because the Browns pursued a Watson commerce in March. He sought to be traded and ultimately was accommodated with a July deal to the Panthers.

The Falcons traded Ryan to the Colts, unable or unwilling to restore their relationship with the previous league MVP after their failed pursuit of Watson. To switch Ryan, they signed Mariota, the previous No. 2 choice within the NFL draft who had been relegated to backup standing within the earlier two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Browns, figuring out they might transfer on from Mayfield, signed Brissett to again up Watson. Brissett has made 37 profession begins for the New England Patriots, Colts and Miami Dolphins.

The NFL schedule-makers can not take credit score for establishing a grudge match between Mayfield and the Watson-less Browns in Week 1. The schedule was launched in Could. However it labored out that approach.

“I think it’s a great storyline,” Mayfield mentioned at a midweek news conference. “Obviously there’s history involved. … Any time you’re playing guys you know, it makes it just more interesting, more fun.”

Mayfield mentioned final week he “didn’t have any say” within the design of the “Off the Leash” T-shirts he just lately promoted on social media, seemingly a reference to his separation from the Browns and their “Dawg Pound” followers. He maintained this isn’t a revenge recreation.

“I’m grateful for the time I had in Cleveland,” Mayfield mentioned, including that his Browns tenure ended “abruptly and unexpectedly.”

There’s quarterback intrigue leaguewide Sunday. Carson Wentz, traded by the Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles in successive offseasons, makes his Washington Commanders debut. Mitchell Trubisky makes his first begin because the Pittsburgh Steelers open the post-Ben Roethlisberger period. And second-year professional Trey Lance debuts because the full-time starter for the San Francisco 49ers, with former starter Jimmy Garoppolo surprisingly nonetheless available in its place.

Lamar Jackson takes the sector on the ultimate season of his contract after failing to comply with an extension with the Baltimore Ravens. He faces the New York Jets and Joe Flacco, Baltimore’s former Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterback who’s filling in for Zach Wilson.

Jameis Winston returns from the torn ACL in his left knee that minimize brief his 2021 season with the New Orleans Saints. The Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa and the New York Giants’ Daniel Jones start make-or-break seasons. Mac Jones’s second NFL season begins after consternation in coaching camp and the preseason over the shortage of readability in regards to the Patriots’ offensive play-caller.

The Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow and Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert try and cement themselves as prime MVP contenders. Derek Carr tries to capitalize on the Raiders’ offseason commerce for extensive receiver Davante Adams. Tom Brady emerges from an offseason by which he retired after which unretired, adopted by a Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching camp by which he turned 45 and took an 11-day hiatus.

However maybe no quarterback would savor an enormous efficiency and a victory Sunday greater than Mayfield, regardless of how exhausting he tried to say the best issues publicly in current days.

“It’d mean that I came here and did what I was trying to do,” Mayfield mentioned. “I came here to win ballgames.”

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