Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Baker Mayfield throws two touchdown passes, impresses in National Football League preseason debut

Baker Mayfield throws two touchdown passes, impresses in National Football League preseason debut

He continued marching the offense, twice keeping the drive alive with his legs - on third-and-6 and fourth-and-2 - to set up Cleveland with first-and-goal.

Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley lived up to early expectations as the top two picks in the National Football League draft in their first action as the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey. At the time he exited, Mayfield was also tied for the team lead in rushing yards (13, on three attempts).

Mayfield closed 11-of-20 for 212 yards with two scores on the night. However, in his second series on the field, Mayfield connected with tight end David Njoku for a short touchdown pass.

It was that drive that had Browns head coach Hue Jackson excited.

It's only the first preseason game, but the Baker Mayfield hype train is running like a well-oiled machine. He appeared finished by the second quarter; he had four total carries for 43 yards. He finished with three catches for 83 yards.

Taylor, who was acquired by Cleveland for a third-round pick prior to the draft, sat behind Joe Flacco with the Baltimore Ravens for four years before starting 44 games (one playoff) over three years in Buffalo.

Taylor and Landry are the faces of an influx of talent this offseason following the franchise's first winless season.

Dianna Russini tells Bull and Fox Browns OC Todd Haley told her Tyrod Taylor "is going to prove this year's he's not just a placeholder".

Against that backdrop, hope abounds Cleveland will make a 1-31 mark over the past two seasons feel like a distant memory sooner than later.

Overall, it was a solid start to his professional career for Mayfield.

The Browns host the Bills next Friday.

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