Saquon Barkley has pal Baker Mayfield’s back off the field, too.
Speaking recently to TMZ, the Giants running back came to the Browns quarterback’s defense amid recent chatter about Mayfield’s offseason physique, which became a talking point on social media after images from the players’ vacation surfaced.
“He’s a quarterback, he’s not supposed to be shredded,” Barkley said.
Barkley and Mayfield, who spent time in Antigua and Barbuda with their significant others earlier this year, were photographed shirtless, along with fellow Giants stars Sterling Shepard and Alec Ogletree. The image has since made the rounds on Twitter with fans comparing Mayfield’s appearance with friends’ six-packs.
“I feel like im the baker of my friend group,” one commenter tweeted.
“Crazy cause I look better shirtless than Baker Mayfield,” another replied.
Despite the onslaught of criticism, Barkley believes Mayfield is “going to have time to get his body right.”
With Mayfield entering his third year with the Browns, 2018’s first overall pick is looking to right the ship after a disappointing sophomore season, which included a war of words with coach-turned-ESPN commentator Rex Ryan. The pair squashed their beef ahead of the Super Bowl, with the quarterback admitting he “put my foot in my mouth a lot this past year.”
The Browns finished 6-10, resulting in the dismissal of first-year coach Freddie Kitchens, who was replaced by Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.