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Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley electrify in their preseason debuts

Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley electrify in their preseason debuts”

After episode one of Hard Knocks, there was no confidence in anybody but Jarvis Landry in the Cleveland Browns organization. It can also be taken as a challenge to Mayfield, humbling the first overall pick by making it clear he still has to earn the starting job and continue to earn it each day he plays in the league. Barkley was pushed out of bounds after rushing for 39 yards.

Barkley had four more carries, which only resulted in four yards gained, after his big play.

Perhaps the most intriguing battle of Week 1 of the 2018 National Football League preseason, a matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants, should be quite fascinating.

Perhaps a sign of the changing times in Cleveland, top pick Baker Mayfield was the Browns' second competent quarterback of the evening, following starter Tyrod Taylor. The drive included conversions on third and long and fourth and two.

Mayfield was up next and, following a three-and-out, settled in on his second series, finding Rashard Higgins with a pretty back-shoulder throw on the sideline for a 26-yard gain. Look for new coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula to employ plenty more two-receiver, two-tight end sets, where Engram can essentially serve as a slot receiver while Ellison can take pressure off him and Flowers.

Mayfield finished a stellar evening 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Then, Cleveland fans got to see the debut of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. It may have been the first preseason game, but that doesn't change the fact that at least some of the real gameplan made it into this one.



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