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National Football League preseason Week 1: Expectations for Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Andrew Luck

National Football League preseason Week 1: Expectations for Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Andrew Luck

His first series ended with a three-and-out, but he quickly led the Browns on an impressive touchdown drive the next time he got the ball.

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

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 flawless passer rating (158.3) and had the more impressive TD connection with Njoku.

Taylor lobbed a 32-yard pass to Landry down the opposing sideline in a play that set the tone for an offense that stands to be much improved this fall.

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The statement comes days after the U.S. stressed the need to keep up pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programme.

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.

Replacing starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter, Mayfield hit 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns, and converted two fourth-down plays with his feet. Last year, as a junior at Penn State, Barkley had 1,271 rushing yards and scored 21 touchdowns. He finished with three catches for 83 yards. Taylor will start under center, though not expected to stay in the game long.

Against that backdrop, hope abounds Cleveland will make a 1-31 mark over the past two seasons feel like a distant memory sooner than later. That's unlikely, as Hue Jackson and John Dorsey have up until now been steadfast in the support of the starter, Taylor, who couldn't have been more efficient in his own Browns debut.

The Browns host the Bills next Friday.


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