Baker Mayfield was in the same area code as former teammate Dimitri Flowers on Monday.
The former Sooner fullback worked out with the Cleveland Browns, along with several other players including former TCU receiver John Diarse, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson.
Browns worked out six players today, group includes former TCU WR John Diarse and two other WRs, plus FB Dimitri Flowers, two OLs and a LB— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 15, 2018
After going undrafted, Flowers landed with the New York Jets before being dumped during final roster cuts. The running back-needy Jaguars signed him to their practice squad on Oct. 10, then released him two days later to sign former Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough.
Flowers was a multi-use fullback who Mayfield utilized frequently as a pass-catcher in 2017. He finished his four years at Oklahoma with 54 catches for 886 yards and 13 touchdowns. Flowers added four short-yardage rushing touchdowns, all in his senior season.
It’s unclear what role the Browns might envision for him, but the 6-foot-2 running back could be a signal the team is looking for an additional pass protector for Mayfield. As of now, the Browns have went without a traditional fullback.
His connection to Mayfield and pass-catching ability is an obvious plus, which makes his workout at least a little bit interesting. The rookie quarterback could use a familiar face, especially a guy who has been a reliable target and safety valve for him in the past.
Diarse is a less interesting name, but the Browns do need receiver help. The 6-foot-1 receiver went undrafted after catching 96 balls for 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns in two years with LSU and two seasons at TCU.
It’s unclear who the other tryouts were, but it’s a safe bet they were similar players who the Browns wanted to take a look at for reserve or practice squad roles.
The Browns need to make a roster move to replace receiver Rod Streater, who is out for the season after breaking his neck during a special teams collision with teammate Denzel Rice in Week 6.
Unfortunately, the Browns are still down to four active receivers again this week after signing Breshad Perriman last Saturday. He’ll be asked to learn quickly and probably play snaps in Tampa Bay unless the team makes a quick move to address the depleted position.