Cleveland Browns: 3 Big takeaways from Preseason Week 1

10 August, 2018, 07:20 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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The former Heisman Trophy victor did not disappoint, playing the majority of the game in Cleveland's 20-10 preseason win over the Giants.

Mayfield showed his ability to make plays both in and out of the pocket, extending the drive with his legs twice.

His first series ended with a three-and-out, but he quickly led the Browns on an impressive touchdown drive the next time he got the ball.

While that was all well and good, Mayfield's showcase came after Taylor completed all of his pass attempts (5 for 5, 99 yards) in posting a ideal passer rating (158.3) and had the more impressive TD connection with Njoku.

Mayfield was drafted first over the other top QBs in the 2018 class because of the attributes he showed Thursday: confidence and downfield accuracy even when on the run.

Mayfield finished a stellar evening 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.


"They came out with some fire", head coach Hue Jackson said during a halftime broadcast.

"What I saw on that first carry, the offensive line did a great job of creating space and creating a hole, " Barkley said.

What looked to be a modest gain up the middle turned into something much more, as Barkley used a sharp cut to elude cornerback Denzel Ward - one of three defenders to swing and miss - and then scooted to his right, sprinting up the sideline, stopped only when safety Damarious Randall pushed him out of bounds.

Welcome to the NFL, Baker Mayfield. "I want him to get what he deserves and you can't put nothing on that regardless of where it's at".

Taylor has done more to earn the job than Mayfield in his first offseason in Cleveland, including being a seasoned leader who just helped another National Football League team make the playoffs - something with which Mayfield can't compete. "This is just his first opportunity, he'll grow from it".

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