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

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

The No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks, Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley, started off their National Football League careers with some nice highlights early in the Browns-Giants preseason game on Thursday night.

As for the Giants, the anticipation about No. 2 pick Saquon Barkley is already at a fever-pitch. 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 ideal passer rating (158.3). That side of the debate could claim vindication after 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb completed 9-of-22 passes for 70 yards in a dismal performance.

Callaway, the Browns' fourth-round pick, played despite being cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

After one more three-and-out late in the first half, Mayfield got three second-half series that extended into early in the fourth quarter.

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Mayfield isn't exactly playing the underdog role after going first overall in the draft, but he won't let you forget that he's not the tallest guy, that he was once a college walk-on and that, entering 2018, he's entrenched as a backup behind new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

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.

Mayfield closed 11-of-20 for 212 yards with two scores on the night. Then, Cleveland fans got to see the debut of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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