Baker Mayfield admitted that it was the best possible Los Angeles Rams debut for him. After being waived by the Carolina Panthers earlier this week, Mayfield was claimed by the Rams and he made his Rams debut during Thursday Night Football.
With just over three minutes left in the game, the Las Vegas Raiders had a 16-3 lead over the Rams. Then, Mayfield orchestrated two touchdown drives and the Rams escaped with a 17-16 win. “I don’t know if you could write it any better than that.
Obviously, we’d like to be a little bit more stress-free. But it’s a pretty damn good story. It’s special," Mayfield said after the match, per Pro Football Talk.
Mayfield grateful to the Rams
In just less than two minutes left to play, Mayfield orchestrated a 98-yard touchdown drive.
After the game, Mayfield gave credit to Rams head coach Sean McVay, offensive coordinator Liam Coen and quarterbacks coach Zac Robinson. “Sean’s protection scheme is similar to Bill Callahan’s, who I had in Cleveland.
So, the terminology with that, that knocks out a big chunk of the learning curve. And just trying to learn all the motions and the terminology for that — it’s tough. But those guys did a great job of helping me out, communicating with me when I got off the field on the sideline and just talking through the plays that were coming up.
There were still definitely [what] looked like some rookie errors with formations and motions. Obviously, it hurt us late. It worked out, but not having the timeouts to call on defense, it came down to that third-and-1 stop. Defense did a hell of a job making that stop and giving us the ball back.
There’s things that definitely need to be worked out, but those guys helped me out in this crash course," Mayfield explained. After a messy split with the Cleveland Browns and an unsuccessful tenure with the Panthers, Mayfield is aiming to bounce back with the Rams.
“I’m just looking to be the best version of me possible. Learning and improving in the system, trying to take away from a great group of guys who’ve had a lot of success. Obviously, the injuries — it’s tough.
But just trying to learn from everybody here. Taking in as much as I can and let the pieces fall where they may. I can’t control the future. I know I have the next four games here. Trying to build on that and be the best version of me and improve," Mayfield concluded.
Since Matthew Stafford won't play again this year, Mayfield is expected to be the Rams' starter for the rest of the season.