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Baker Mayfield shines during his Browns debut

10 August 2018

The new-and-improved Browns made their preseason debut and it didn't disappoint.

Barkley's run led to an Aldrick Rosas 42-yard field goal, the only points produced by the starting offense in two series.

"They came out with some fire", head coach Hue Jackson said during a halftime broadcast. At the time he exited, Mayfield was also tied for the team lead in rushing yards (13, on three attempts).

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The second of those scampers - a 5-yard, red-zone dash on fourth-and-2 - set up Mayfield's 10-yard touchdown toss to David Njoku.

Elsewhere on the first full night of preseason games, it's Carolina at Buffalo, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Jacksonville, Tampa Bay at Miami, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore, Washington at New England, Tennessee at Green Bay, Houston at Kansas City, and Dallas at San Francisco. His five runs produced 43 yards.

The Browns (1-0) responded with 13 unanswered points, a run that overlapped with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield's National Football League debut. Make any case to start at quarterback for the Browns right away over Tyrod Taylor. Rookie Antonio Callaway and third-year receiver Rashard Higgins are expected to get the first opportunities to fill that spot now. Taylor's first completion was a 32-yarder to Jarvis Landry, who apparently did something other than "bless" Janoris Jenkins afterward, as the newest "Hard Knocks" star drew a 15-yard taunting penalty.

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Top overall draft pick Mayfield will see some action against the Giants, who have their own prized rookie in second overall selection Saquon Barkley.

After all the OTAs, mini-camps and training camp, it all gets started against the Cleveland Browns.

Next, the Browns host the Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Baker Mayfield shines during his Browns debut