Mayfield looks good in debut as Browns defeat Giants

Mayfield looks good in debut as Browns defeat Giants

The Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Giants on Thursday night, 20-10 to open the first full week of preseason action in the NFL. But in their Browns debut against the Giants, both Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield gave us some impressive plays.

The Heisman Trophy victor from Oklahoma found tight end David Njoku on a 10-yard TD pass to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive on his second series.

The Giants went on to kick a 42-yard field goal, putting them ahead 3-0 after twelve minutes into the first quarter. It started with him throwing a lovely back shoulder pass to Rashard Higgins.

Barkley had four more carries, which only resulted in four yards gained, after his big play.

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Mayfield calmly stepped up in the pocket and delivered a low but catchable ball to WR C.J. Board over the middle for a fresh set of downs.

Mayfield found tight end David Njoku on a 10-yard TD pass to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive on his second series. Mayfield also kept the drive alive by scrambling for first downs on third-and-6 and fourth-and-2. He hauled in a quick slant from Mayfield that he took 54 yards to the end zone to extend the Browns' lead in the second half.

It marked the second touchdown of the game for Mayfield and pushed his line up to 212 passing yards and two passing touchdowns on 20 attempts. He received a ton of work in six series and looked, well, mostly like the big-play magician who won the Heisman trophy previous year. That's unlikely, as Hue Jackson and John Dorsey have up until now been steadfast in the support of the starter, Taylor, who couldn't have been more efficient in his own Browns debut.

Mayfield's National Football League debut got off to a rocky start after some conservative play-calling. Perhaps he's exclusively intending to compliment his new starting quarterback and express confidence in him as he leads a franchise that has only won one game over the past two seasons.

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