Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns

New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns

The Browns' first official game of the regular season takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks, Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley, started off their National Football League careers with some nice highlights early in the Browns-Giants preseason game on Thursday night. Barkley gives the Giants' backfield a tremendous shot in the arm, something that was sorely missed a year ago when the team generated just 96.8 yards on the ground per week. With a 100% completion rating during his short playing time, Taylor threw for 99 yards and hit tight end David Njoku for a touchdown to put the Browns up 7-3. In two drives, Taylor went 5-of-5 for 99 yards, including a 36-yard TD down the seam to TE David Njoku (more on him shortly), for a flawless passer rating (158.3). Rutgers rookie RB Robert Martin gained 39 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 11 yards.

The Browns let Mayfield play into the fourth quarter after he entered in the second.

The big reason for that is we could see three of the first four selections from the 2018 NFL Draft on the field on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

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Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Mayfield's debut success didn't surprise him.

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.

But Cleveland couldn't have been more pleased with Mayfield, who intermixed his big-play penchant with mostly sound decision making, all while bringing the energy and leadership skills that have defined his rise from former walk-on to Heisman to the man who's tasked with restoring the NFL's most hopeless franchise.

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