Baker Mayfield throws two touchdown passes, impresses in National Football League preseason debut

With the first preseason contest behind us, what can Browns fans come away with for this game? 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 is an extremely talented player, but that doesn't mean much without the proper execution.

The Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to ultimately be their franchise quarterback.

3 - The Browns' top two quarterbacks - Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield - combined for three touchdown passes. The drive included conversions on third and long and fourth and two.

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. The excitement began with the Browns' first snap, as Tyrod threw a attractive pass to Jarvis Landry up the left sideline, good for 31 yards. He then almost found controversial rookie Antonio Callaway, in the lineup only days after receiving a marijuana citation that he didn't immediately inform the Browns of, on a deep shot that Callaway couldn't locate. The highlights, easily, both went to Callaway - a 24-yard sideline strike with Mayfield rolling to his right on third-and-7, and a 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown off a quick slant to punctuate both rookies' nights.

Mayfield closed 11-of-20 for 212 yards with two scores on the night.

QB controversy in Cleveland?

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

It's only one preseason game, but there were plenty of reasons to be hopeful.

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