Mayfield to play 2 quarters in preseason opener

Posted August 11, 2018

The big reason for that is we could see three of the first four selections from the 2018 NFL Draft on the field on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

The Cleveland Browns took the field for the first time in the preseason on Thursday night against the New York Giants, which quarterback Tyrod Taylor put together a strong showing in his brief time on the field.

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In this quick video breakdown, I explained down how the Giants ran inside zone out of single-back formation and how Barkley paired vision and patience to exploit the Browns' defense. 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).

Mayfield calmly stepped up in the pocket and delivered a low but catchable ball to WR C.J. Board over the middle for a fresh set of downs. Then, he picked up a third-and-six and a fourth-and-two, both with his legs.

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The Browns were undefeated in the preseason past year and went on to a historic 0-16 regular season. The rookie quarterback completed a pass on third-and-18.

Mayfield's National Football League debut got off to a rocky start after some conservative play-calling.

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Martin also caught two passes for 11 yards to make for an impressive debut.