BEREA — Drew Stanton thinks Baker Mayfield thought he was joking.
Stanton, the 12-year veteran, told the No. 1 pick in the spring that part of his rookie responsibilities was bringing an RV to training camp for the quarterbacks to use as a getaway. After the initial disbelief, Mayfield obliged.
“That was one of the requirements Baker needed to fulfill as a rookie,” Stanton told The Chronicle-Telegram on Saturday.
Their approximately 30-foot-long clubhouse, parked in the players’ lot behind the team facility, has become a talking point of training camp.
So what exactly goes on in there?
“Nothing,” Stanton said. “It’s much to do about nothing. Just relax. Get your mind off of football and get ready to go for practice.”
Stanton picked up the practice in Detroit when Shaun Hill had Matthew Stafford, also a No. 1 pick, get an RV as a rookie in 2009.
“And it ended up being great,” Stanton said. “Just for a place to go relax, get out of this building, because the walls can kind of start closing in on you a little bit.
“So we’ve got our own little safe haven where you don’t have to fight for a bed, you don’t have to do anything, you kind of go there and unwind and get away.”
Stanton referred to it as a “nice little setup” and “nothing extravagant” and refuted the notion it’s for quarterbacks only.
“No. Not at all. We’re a very inclusive group,” he said, adding he’s pretty sure it’s a rental.
Left guard Joel Bitonio plans on taking the RV for a spin — metaphorically.
“Yeah, I’ve heard about it, and I might have a password or VIP access,” he joked. “Drew Stanton over there has given me the green light. I haven’t actually made it in yet, but it’s my goal this next week, so if I get in, I might spill the beans or something.”
“Any offensive lineman that’s protecting us has VIP access,” Stanton said.
Coach Hue Jackson isn’t worried about permission.
“Anytime I want to go in, I am going in,” he said. “That is my parking lot, so I am going in.”
Running back Duke Johnson said he hasn’t tried to gain entrance but loves the idea.
“I may do that next year,” he said.
Stanton said all that’s missing is snacks, and had the man picked out for the job — fourth-string rookie quarterback Brogan Roback.
“So we’ll get him on that,” Stanton said.