Baker Mayfield’s ‘f—the ups’ remark adds fuel to the fire as Panthers prepare for Week 1 v Browns

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Baker Mayfield appears to be set to take on the Cleveland Browns as the newly christened Carolina Panthers starting quarterback prepares for the start of the 2022 regular season.

Mayfield was named the starting quarterback, beating out Sam Darnold and PJ Walker for the job. In Week 1, he will face his former team on which he led the playoffs before trading for Deshaun Watson and letting him pack his bags for Carolina.

According to Buffalo Bills secondary reporter Cynthia Frelund, Mayfield had some interesting words about his state of mind heading into the Week 1 game.

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Friday, August 26, 2022 , in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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“I’m going to fuck ’em up,” he said of the Browns, according to what Frelund shared on the “Around the NFL” podcast.

Frelund, who also works as an analytics analyst for the NFL Network, shared the brief conversation she had with Mayfield at Bank of America Stadium.

“I walked up to him and said, ‘I’m so excited to see you, like, go kick some ass,’ I didn’t say that word,” she laughed. … Go kick some ass, especially week 1, I don’t like to wait. And he uses swear words and I was like, ‘I just hope you’re ready.’ He was like, ‘I’m going to page them.'”

Mayfield will have media availability later in the week, and the remark will likely be one of the first questions he faces.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield signs for fans after practice.  The New England Patriots hosted the Panthers in a joint practice at Gillette Stadium.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield signs for fans after practice. The New England Patriots hosted the Panthers in a joint practice session at Gillette Stadium.
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Frelund told The Associated Press that she was trying to support Mayfield and probably shouldn’t have disclosed what she called a private conversation.

“I was trying to defend Baker. He’s in a good position now and ready for success. … I was showing overwhelming support for someone who had a really tough offseason,” she said.

Mayfield spoke about the upcoming game last week after being named the starter.

“Obviously there’s a lot of attachment there. I’m not going to sit here and be a robot and say that doesn’t mean anything. It will,” he said.

Former Mayfield teammate Myles Garrett expressed his support for Mayfield last week.

“I know he has that swagger, that confidence that borders on arrogance in some people’s eyes. But he’s always played with a chip on his shoulder, and I think we have that as an organization as well. So no matter how he feels or does in his mind to prepare for the game to play us at the highest level for him, it’s nonsense,” Garrett said.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield passes against the Buffalo Bills during the NFL's first preseason football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield passes against the Buffalo Bills during the NFL’s first preseason football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

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“Of course we’re going to use it. It’ll be motivation. It’ll be fuel. But at the end of the day, a guy is going to do whatever he can to try to get a thousandth of a percent better. , and whether he takes it for the hype or we use it for the hype, it’s all going to add to the fire for both teams.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.