Ravens defensive coordinator: Baker Mayfield is ‘this generation’s Brett Favre or John Elway’

The Cleveland Browns have grand expectations for Baker Mayfield, but a division rival might be setting the bar the highest for the No. 1 pick — or perhaps having some fun before the first of what should be many meetings.

Ahead of Sunday's game against the rookie quarterback, Baltimore Ravens coordinator Don Martindale compared Mayfield and his daredevil playing style to two Hall of Famers.

“I think Baker Mayfield is this generation’s Brett Favre or John Elway, if you will," Martindale said Thursday.

This is far from the first Favre comparison for Mayfield, who recreated the former Green Bay Packers legend's draft-day ensemble in a photo posted before the night he was selected with the top pick. The Browns quarterback has even earned the endorsement of Favre himself.

"I think he can be great,'' Favre told Sirius XM NFL radio Wednesday, according to The Plain Dealer. "To criticize how tall he is, I don't pay attention to that. I think Drew Brees has dispelled any of that talk.

"(Former Green Bay GM and Hall of Famer) Ron Wolf said it best. He goes 'you know, it's amazing to me to today how the most overlooked thing with the quarterback is the fact he's a winner.' And we were talking about Baker Mayfield and … he goes, 'that guy is a winner. He's been a walk-on … he transferred, people tried to write him off but yet he's managed to persevere and he's a winner.'

In his Week 3 debut, Mayfield stepped in for Tyrod Taylor and rallied the Browns to a second-half comeback victory against the New York Jets, snapping the organization's 19-game winless streak. But after seizing the starting spot last week, Mayfield had four turnovers (two interceptions, two fumbles) in a 45-42 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders.

The Ravens defense shapes up as Mayfield's most difficult challenge to date. Baltimore has held opposing passers to a league-low 69.1 quarterback rating, and top cornerback Jimmy Smith returns after sitting out the first four games of the season due to suspension.

“If we do our job, we see our keys, they can’t throw anything (at us) that we haven’t seen," Mayfield said Wednesday according to ESPN. "We just have to be prepared and just do our job.”

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