Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Baker Mayfield does everything in Browns debut - except push Tyrod Taylor

Baker Mayfield does everything in Browns debut - except push Tyrod Taylor

When all was said and done, the Browns defeated the New York Giants by a score of 20-10.

The Browns might not be counting on too much from Mayfield early on as veteran Tyrod Taylor is Cleveland's starter, but NY expects a huge boost for its offense from the Penn State running back. More importantly, they gave the fans some hope. That's the vision as well, making sure I have the windows to throw in.

After an opening three-and-out, Mayfield returned to guide Cleveland on a 14-play, 72-yard scoring march highlighted by a 21-yard strike to C.J.

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Indeed, Taylor - who made his first start with the team following three seasons in Buffalo - was lights out, completing 5-of-5 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.

For the most part, Mayfield looked sharp, with his only mistake coming on a 3rd-and-15 where he took an ugly sack, losing 11 yards and pushing Cleveland out of field goal range. "I got into such a daily schedule in Norman, traveling with that team and doing every meeting". Luck hurt the right shoulder in September 2015 against Tennessee, missed two games, then returned to make four more starts before sustaining a season-ending lacerated kidney. After that, it was easy pickings for Njoku, who ran past Ogletree for an uncontested 36-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor. Mayfield connected with rookie Antonio Calloway on 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the fourth quarter, as Calloway beat Leonard Johnson and then ran through Johnson's tackle attempt.

Taylor has done more to earn the job than Mayfield in his first offseason in Cleveland, including being a seasoned leader who just helped another National Football League team make the playoffs - something with which Mayfield can't compete.

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