Baker Mayfield's First TD Ball Thrown Back By Giants Fan

Tyrod Taylor Browns'have a ton of playmakers on offense

Tyrod Taylor Browns'have a ton of playmakers on offense

The first-unit defense fared much better once Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, entered the game, forcing a quick three-and-out.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks to Baker Mayfield after the Cleveland rookie's debut Thursday night.

On his first touch Thursday night - in his first-ever preseason game and on the first play - Barkley appeared to be stopped at the line of scrimmage, before juking several Cleveland defenders out of their shoes, finding an opening and running for a 39-yard gain. "It was the first time going on the road with a new team, first time in the NFL". "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". In two drives, Taylor went 5-of-5 for 99 yards, including a 36-yard TD down the seam to TE David Njoku (more on him shortly), for a flawless passer rating (158.3).

Cleveland Browns NewsBut despite those qualifiers, Mayfield did indeed produce a debut that should leave the Browns brimming with confidence about the long-term health of their quarterback position.

Overall, it was a solid start to his professional career for Mayfield. He then almost found controversial rookie Antonio Callaway, in the lineup only days after receiving a marijuana citation that he didn't immediately inform the Browns of, on a deep shot that Callaway couldn't locate.

He had three catches for 87 yards, including a diving 24-yarder that the Browns successfully challenged after it was ruled incomplete on the field. Police also found bullets and a gun part in his auto this week.

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