Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley lived up to early expectations as the top two picks in the National Football League draft in their first action as the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey. On the very next set of downs, the former Oklahoma QB again scrambled to convert a 4th-and-2. Although Week 1 means we'll likely get a minimal look at most first teams, it should still give fans a baseline for what to expect from their teams' new acquisitions.
It was that drive that had Browns head coach Hue Jackson excited.
While that was all well and good, Mayfield's showcase came after Taylor completed all of his pass attempts (5 for 5, 99 yards) in posting a ideal passer rating (158.3) and had the more impressive TD connection with Njoku.
Elsewhere on the first full night of preseason games, it's Carolina at Buffalo, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Jacksonville, Tampa Bay at Miami, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore, Washington at New England, Tennessee at Green Bay, Houston at Kansas City, and Dallas at San Francisco.
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Meanwhile, Gomes has been rendered surplus to requirements at Barcelona and has failed to become a regular in the Barca first team.
"What I saw on that first carry, the offensive line did a great job of creating space and creating a hole, " Barkley said. He added 13 yards rushing, including converting on two fourth down plays.
With the handoff from quarterback Eli Manning, Barkley took a few steps back before cutting up the right side of the field and breaking three tackles along the way.
"It's definitely different", Mayfield said. The Browns were one of the more active teams in free agency and trades this offseason, not to mention the fact they had two picks in the top four of the 2018 NFL Draft. "I've seen the throws he makes".