One of the best ways to become familiar with a new city is by frequenting a dive bar.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have emerged as a pleasant surprise in the early stages of the NFL season. The team currently leads the NFC South with a 3-1 record, despite bidding farewell to their Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady, in the offseason.
A significant factor contributing to the Bucs’ unexpectedly strong start has been the performance of their new quarterback, Baker Mayfield. The team signed Mayfield during the offseason to compete in a training camp battle against Kyle Trask.
Before joining the Buccaneers, Mayfield had a whirlwind year, moving between three different teams: the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, and Los Angeles Rams.
“I don’t know where this started that he wasn’t a good guy. You can point to a lot of things that maybe people got the wrong impression of him. But he’s a freaking awesome dude,” Licht said on Peter Schrager’s podcast The Season.
“Baker is a DUDE and the players saw it right away. He took the OL to the Bahamas during camp after final cuts to golf. He’s spotted around town at dive bars with receivers, with Mike Evans, with [Chris] Godwin. It’s not fake. He really knows how to be a dude with the team and they love him.”
Mayfield not only secured the starting quarterback position but has also excelled on the field this season. He boasts an impressive completion rate of 69%, with 882 passing yards, seven touchdowns, and just two interceptions.
However, Mayfield’s appeal extends beyond his performance on the field. General manager Jason Licht recently praised the 28-year-old quarterback for his personality.
This upcoming Sunday, the Buccaneers will face another formidable challenge when they host the Detroit Lions, who also hold a 3-1 record and are emerging as a strong contender in the NFC.