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

Davis Webb

National Football League fans attending the New York Giants' preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night had the opportunity to place a legal wager on the game from inside the stadium.

Replacing starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter, Mayfield threw two touchdowns in two-plus quarters to help the Browns beat the Giants 20-10 on Thursday night.

The Giants decision to take running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the draft will be debated for years. Njoku caught a seam route from Taylor for the first touchdown and was the beneficiary of Mayfield extending a play from 10 yards out.

He completed four of 11 passes for 70 yards in the first half. Then, Cleveland fans got to see the debut of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. 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.

In his very first carry in the NFL, Barkley broke tackles and zoomed out of the backfield for a 39-yard run during the first quarter of Thursday's preseason match against the Browns.

Taylor, expected to be coach Jackson's starter as Mayfield learns this season, hit all five of his passes in two series, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Njoku, a New Jersey native. Let's take a look at three big instant reactions.

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

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