Baker Mayfield leads impressive TD drive in preseason debut

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks to Baker Mayfield after the Cleveland rookie's debut Thursday night

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks to Baker Mayfield after the Cleveland rookie's debut Thursday night

The Cleveland Browns will open their preseason against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium Thursday night.

It's only one game and it's the preseason, but that doesn't mean fans of the Cleveland Browns shouldn't be a little excited about what they saw on Thursday Night.

The Penn State running back finished with 43 yards on five carries. Then he bounced it outside and gained the edge on flat-footed Browns CB Damarious Randall. Take away the 39-yard burst and his four runs totaled four yards. Mayfield was much better against the second-teamers, hitting Njoku on a 10-yard scoring pass to give the Browns a 13-3 lead in the second quarter. 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 ideal passer rating (158.3).

Mayfield was up next and, following a three-and-out, settled in on his second series, finding Rashard Higgins with a pretty back-shoulder throw on the sideline for a 26-yard gain.

Taylor and Landry are the faces of an influx of talent this offseason following the franchise's first winless season.

After one more three-and-out late in the first half, Mayfield got three second-half series that extended into early in the fourth quarter.

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"I don't think I was tempted [to run right away]", Mayfield said.

Mayfield finished a stellar evening 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

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