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

Browns vs. Giants how to watch listen stream the 2018 preseason opener

Browns vs. Giants how to watch listen stream the 2018 preseason opener

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Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick of the New York Giants, got out of the gate first - actually the first play from scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns. While Tyrod Taylor holds the edge to start right now, Mayfield is making an excellent case to be Cleveland's starting quarterback when the regular season begins. Barkley gives the Giants' backfield a tremendous shot in the arm, something that was sorely missed a year ago when the team generated just 96.8 yards on the ground per week.

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 up next and, following a three-and-out, settled in on his second series, finding Rashard Higgins with a pretty back-shoulder throw on the sideline for a 26-yard gain.

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The Browns let Mayfield play into the fourth quarter after he entered in the second. Spencer Drago was called for holding, though, setting up third-and-18. On the first series of the fourth quarter, he hit fellow rookie Antonio Callaway on third and four for a 54-yard touchdown pass.

Mayfield's final numbers (11-of-20 passing, 212 yards, 10.6 yards per attempt, two TDs, 125.4 rating, one sack) were nothing resembling those of a raw rookie trying to transition from college spread to pro-style, albeit against Giants backups playing vanilla schemes.

It's only one preseason game, but there were plenty of reasons to be hopeful.

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