Baker Mayfield had an inkling that the Rams would request his solutions following he was produced by Carolina before this 7 days. Mayfield was so specified that Los Angeles would indicator him that he truly booked a flight for Los Angeles right before he had officially cleared waivers.
In a efficiency befitting a Hollywood script, Mayfield led the Rams to an epic 17-16 victory on Thursday night time just after throwing the activity-profitable landing go to Van Jefferson with 10 seconds left. The score capped off a 98-lawn drive that saw Mayfield comprehensive several significant passes when encouraging the Rams snap their six-game dropping streak.
“This is up there,” Mayfield advised Amazon’s postgame crew when questioned to examine Thursday night’s get to other noteworthy moments in his profession. “Initially, I was offended about having to go as a result of so several coaching improvements and understand so lots of new things, but it guaranteed served suitable there. … They put some fantastic performs out there and set me in a superior position to gain.”
It took 3 working plays and just one possession for Sean McVay to make the change from John Wolford to Mayfield. Mayfield entered the sport with 2:21 still left in the very first quarter and the Rams trailing 10-.
“I knew I was not likely to start,” Mayfield. “Honestly, we ended up just seeing how John was going to feel, just how that was heading to go and just likely to participate in it out. I was heading to be all set no issue what.”
Mayfield went 22 of 35 for 230 yards in his Rams debut. Trailing 16-3 late, Mayfield engineered a 17-engage in push that ended with Cam Akers’ 1-lawn landing operate. After the Rams defense pressured a fast punt, Mayfield’s 32-lawn completion to Ben Skowronek on Los Angeles’ remaining push served set up his video game-profitable pass to Jefferson.
“To be honest with you, I was wholly stunned they lined up in press meeting with 15 seconds remaining,” Mayfield mentioned of his match-profitable landing move. “I actually imagined they are going to consider to pop out and perform zone but they just stayed with it. Their weak facet basic safety stayed down. Van’s a excellent go ball runner. He gained off the line and did a very good work.”
On his first engage in as a Ram, the previous Browns and Panthers quarterback zipped a 21-yard completion to Jefferson. Mayfield then had a 6-yard run that assisted set up Matt Gay’s 55-lawn subject goal.
“For him to get right here and just do he just did, it just displays how identified and what sort of a dude he is. I’m happy he is here,” Jefferson informed Amazon’s Kaylee Hartung. “He just arrived in and labored out. He’s only been in this article for a working day. … When he arrived in we realized he was likely to execute.”
Mayfield and the Rams offense did not do substantially in the 2nd or 3rd quarters, but turned it on in the fourth quarter. He had significant success throwing the ball to Skowronek and Tutu Atwell. Skowronek caught seven passes for 89 yards. Atwell caught 5 passes for 50 yards after catching just 6 passes throughout the season’s very first 3 months.
Mayfield signed with the Rams a working day just after he was launched by the Panthers. Mayfield, who signed with Carolina this past offseason, misplaced his setting up location soon after sustaining an injuries in 7 days 5. His previous get started in Carolina happened in the course of a 7 days 11 loss the Browns, the workforce he put in the very first 4 several years of his job with.
“I assume the largest detail I’ve realized is don’t let the on the area engage in have an effect on who are you day in and working day out,” Mayfield mentioned when questioned about the major detail he’s figured out through his career up to this issue. “Be the very same person for your teammates, and that is been the greatest matter this year that I believe I have tried using to just tackle general. Just try out to assistance out where I can, not permitting all that other stuff have an effect on me and roll with the punches. Be who I am and kind of be that chief.
“I adore football. I adore taking part in this recreation and love enjoying and competing. Just go delight in it.”
Mayfield did that and then some on Thursday evening, and it resulted in a unforgettable complete that helped his new team stave off playoff elimination.
“It speaks to the tradition of the locker area,” Mayfield reported of the Rams’ over-all functionality on Thursday evening. “Them coming in listed here and even now trying to compete, even however the history speaks for alone. Just welcoming me in, competing and fighting to the pretty finish. That claims all the things you will need to know about this spot.”