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

Davis Webb

Davis Webb

The Cleveland Browns will open their preseason against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium Thursday night. On his first red-zone attempt, Mayfield hit David Njoku in the back of the end zone with a jump-ball 10-yard TD, Njoku's second score of the game and Mayfield's first as a Brown. On the very next set of downs, the former Oklahoma QB again scrambled to convert a 4th-and-2. "There's things guys need to settle down and get comfortable with everything, but I thought there were some good things, got a scoring drive, but definitely after watching, I think you can see a lot of things we need to improve on". "I was able to have patience and [tight end] Evan [Engram] did an unbelievable job of blocking on the backside, and I was able to burst through the hole, make a guy miss and get up field". More importantly, they gave the fans some hope.

In addition to his rushes, Mayfield completed two passes of more than 20 yards on the drive.

Elsewhere on the first full night of preseason games, it's Carolina at Buffalo, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Jacksonville, Tampa Bay at Miami, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore, Washington at New England, Tennessee at Green Bay, Houston at Kansas City, and Dallas at San Francisco. After taking over with 1:31 to play in the first quarter, the No. 1 overall pick led the Browns offense into the fourth quarter.

Mayfield returned in the third quarter to spin additional magic, rolling to his right on a third-and-7 from his own 22 to find rookie Antonio Callaway along the sideline for 24 yards. Mayfield finished 11-for-20, with 212 yards and two touchdowns.

Given how many times coach Hue Jackson has been asked about his starter for 2018, and how he has consistently answered with Taylor, there's enough for a "Hard Knocks" spinoff show.

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