Baker Mayfield of Cleveland Browns says preseason debut performance 'not so bad'

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But after an exchange of possessions, Taylor took the Browns 66 yards on four plays for the first touchdown of the game. In his first carry for the Giants, Barkley showed patience, then exploded through the running lane for 39 yards.

The Heisman Trophy victor from Oklahoma found tight end David Njoku on a 10-yard TD pass to cap a 14-play, 72-yard drive on his second series. The drive finished with a Baker Mayfield throw and David Njoku catching his second touchdown. But in their Browns debut against the Giants, both Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield gave us some impressive plays.

Barkley electrified the fans at MetLife Stadium, taking a handoff from Eli Manning on his first National Football League touch and turning on the jets on a 39-yard jaunt down the sideline in front of the Giants' bench.

He had three catches for 87 yards, including a diving 24-yarder that the Browns successfully challenged after it was ruled incomplete on the field. He continued marching the offense, twice keeping the drive alive with his legs - on third-and-6 and fourth-and-2 - to set up Cleveland with first-and-goal. Rookie Antonio Callaway and third-year receiver Rashard Higgins are expected to get the first opportunities to fill that spot now.

"I thought he did some good things out there", Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said.

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The pass defense wasn't so good.

"I loved his first run", Giants coach Pat Shurmur said of the Penn State halfback.

It marked the second touchdown of the game for Mayfield and pushed his line up to 212 passing yards and two passing touchdowns on 20 attempts. In the meantime, former Buffalo Bills signal-caller Tyrod Taylor will start and serve as Mayfield's mentor. But this is a different year with a lot of different players. Mayfield was the sophomore newcomer who won the starting job in camp.

Especially when he is playing against the Giants defense.