The Baker Mayfield show is coming to HBO.
This summer’s edition of “Hard Knocks” will feature the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN, which will shine more of a spotlight on their new franchise quarterback, whom the Browns selected No. 1 overall in last months’ NFL draft.
Cleveland, which has reshaped its roster after going 0-16 last season and 1-15 the year before, was one of six teams that could’ve been forced to participate in “Hard Knocks,” the behind-the-scenes training camp series. If there were no volunteers, the other five teams eligible were the Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, Ravens and Washington.
Teams are exempt from consideration if they have a first-year head coach, qualified for the playoffs within the previous two seasons or if they appeared on the show within the previous 10 years.
Browns first-round picks Baker Mayfield (left) and Denzel Ward will be under the TV spotlight this summer. (Phil Long/AP)
The Giants, therefore, were exempt as they have a new head coach in Pat Shurmur. The Jets were also exempt because they were featured on the show in 2010.
The Browns turned down the show the last time they drafted a QB in the first round. After picking Johnny Manziel in 2014, then-coach Mike Pettine rejected the opportunity to put his star rookie under a brighter spotlight.
However, Mayfield and his fiery personality should make for decent television as he begins his quest to restore the Browns to respectability.
Source: Ny Daily News