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BEREA Greg Joseph Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield won't back down, won't change. Not for Hue Jackson or TV commentators or critics or anyone.Don't bother telling Cleveland's rookie quarterback how he should act, what he should say or how he should feel.He's not listening. "I'm not a cookie-cutter quarterback," Mayfield said. "Never have been, never will be."Dismissing some condemnation for recent comments and actions, Mayfield doubled down on Wednesday by saying he doesn't regret calling former Browns coach Hue Jackson "fake" and promised to stay true to himself.After throwing four touchdown passes and leading the Browns to a 35-20 win on Sunday in Cincinnati, Mayfield was cool toward Jackson when they met on the field and then said he was unhappy with the coach's decision to take a job with the Bengals, a division rival, just weeks after he was fired by the Browns.Mayfield's remarks drew some harsh criticism, especially from ESPN's Damien Woody, a former NFL player who called the 23-year-old immature and hypocritical because he transferred from Texas Tech to Oklahoma. Mayfield fired back at Woody by posting a comment on Instagram assailing Jackson, pointing out he lost 30-plus games with Cleveland, labeling him "fake."Mayfield isn't taking back a single word."People took it as me personally attacking Hue, but that's not it," he said. "It's the fact that I get to have my own opinion on how it transpired and he gets to do what he wants. That's how it is. I speak my mind. That's just how I am, so I didn't like the (Jackson) move and people don't have to care. I'm not looking for anybody's approval. I don't regret any of it. It's about this team and what we have, and we have to stick together and play together."Mayfield, who has played superbly in leading the Browns to two straight wins, believes his passion to play and lead has been misread."People get maturity confused with me being 100 percent comfortable in my own skin Jabrill Peppers Color Rush Jersey ," Mayfield said. "It's not immature. It's me being exactly who I am every day. Being that same guy for our team and I think that is very important for us right now."Mayfield declined to elaborate about his relationship with Jackson, saying "it's in-house information and it doesn't matter."But Mayfield's conduct has struck a nerve — in Cleveland, where he's being hailed as a franchise savior, and across the NFL, which is taking note of a Browns team making some noise.This is the swaggering, headband-wearing, flag-planting Mayfield the Browns knew they were getting when the team selected him with the No. 1 overall pick. He arrived carrying a Heisman Trophy but with other baggage, which included some questionable on-field antics — and an off-field arrest — that concerned some front-office executives but didn't dissuade the Browns.Mayfield insists he's just being himself, and he'll deal with detractors the way he always has."I have an opinion and I'm entitled to that, but the most important thing is me doing my job and I can manage both, and that's what people don't understand," he said. "Yeah, a quarterback that's a little different from some of the guys to have a voice, but that's just how I've always been and I'm not going to change for anybody."Mayfield's relishes the rebel label. It fuels him, fires up his teammates and has endeared him to Browns fans, who believe the future is bright.But while he loves being the outsider, Mayfield knows there's a segment of people who wish he would tone down his act and behave more in line with Drew Brees or Peyton Manning.That's their opinion, though. Mayfield is going to be his own man."They are their own person. I'm not trying to be exactly like them," Mayfield said. "Yeah E.J. Gaines Color Rush Jersey , there are things that I absolutely admire about both of those guys, but I'm never trying to be anybody else. I'm going to be the best version of myself and that's what has gotten me here."It's gotten the Browns back to playing meaningful games in December.Just as he does on Sundays, Browns left guard Joel Bitonio protected Mayfield."If you look at Baker's body of work since he's been here, I think it's shown that he's a confident, sometimes cocky player, but you need to be that to be a quarterback in this league," Bitonio said. "People go about it differently and he plays the game the right way, he works the right way, he does things the right way and I'm happy he's our quarterback."NOTES: Interim coach Gregg Williams said rookie OL Austin Corbett had his foot stepped on Sunday at Cincinnati. The No. 33 overall pick could be sidelined for an extended period. … Williams opened his news conference by offering condolences to the Texans following the death of their owner Bob McNair. Cleveland plays at Houston on Sunday.__ The Browns are even taking hits off the field.Star defensive end Myles Garrett said he was punched in the face Wednesday by a “fan” who wanted to take a picture with him. Garrett posted on his Twitter account that the person “hopped” out of his car before delivering a blow that had little effect on the muscular 6-foot-4, 270-pounder.“Put your legs into it,” Garrett wrote, “might have actually made me flinch.”A Browns spokesman said the team is aware of the incident “and appropriate law enforcement authorities have been notified.”Garrett told Cleveland police he was in his car taking on his cellphone on East 9th Street before 3 p.m. when a man driving a 2007 Chevy Cobalt pulled up next to him and asked him if he could take his photograph. Garrett said he told the man to wait because he was on the phone.The man then punched the player in the face “with a closed fist” through the rolled-down window on the driver’s side. He fled the scene, but police later identified him as Richard Perez of Strongsville, Ohio. He was listed as 5-foot-7, 160 pounds on the police report.Garrett told police he was surprised by the incident but not injured. He refused medical attention from emergency services at the scene.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Garrett and his teammates practiced earlier in the day at the team’s headquarters before being excused during their bye week.The Browns are just 2-4 after being picked as a potential Super Bowl contender following a busy offseason. They play the defending champion Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Oct. 27.

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