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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles hypes up quarterback prospect Baker Mayfield while also mentioning Joe Namath.

Does New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles even know what he just did? Sure, perhaps linking the names of Baker Mayfield and Joe Namath is a bit far-fetched in this case, but he did use both names within a relatively short discussion.

Bowles has nothing but praise for the Oklahoma stud who took home the 2017 Heisman Trophy, via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.

“You see the player, and you see the play,” Bowles told reporters. “You know the guy can play football, and he’s a competitor.”

Mayfield met with the Jets this past Saturday for a private workout at his alma mater. This came two days after the team worked out Josh Rosen and prior to the eventual visit with Josh Allen (coming soon). Soon enough, Sam Darnold will round out the foursome as the organization aims to perform due diligence on all four.

Holding the No. 3 selection in next month’s 2018 NFL Draft, at the very least, two of the four will be available.


Mayfield is the odd-ball of the group.

Unlike the other three, Mayfield did not exist as a surefire top 10 pick this time a year ago. In fact, he wasn’t even guaranteed as a second rounder. It was his mind-boggling 2017 statistics that thrust him into the conversation.

He’s also odd from the perspective that he’s shorter, fiery and brings out both extremes in Jets fans. What Bowles said next won’t the “extremes” dialogue.

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When asked what Jets fans want to see, Bowles didn’t hesitate to bring up the greatest player in franchise history.

“I’ve heard bring Joe Namath back,” he said.

If Joe Willie wore the white shoes and the mink coats, Mayfield flies in the face of opponents with personality, only. Bowles doesn’t mind that tact.

“It’s college football,” he said. “He’s an emotional guy. I’ve seen T.O. [Terrell Owens] do a lot of things. I’ve seen worse than that. Players get excited when they play.”

For now, speculation will run wild. Rumors will fly across this great nation and the state of New Jersey until the night of April 26, 2018, comes and goes.

Who will it be for the New York Jets when they’re on the clock during the draft that’s expected to alter a franchise? Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen or, dare I say, the guy Todd Bowles seemingly loves, Baker Mayfield?

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