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Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley electrify in their preseason debuts

11 August 2018
Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley electrify in their preseason debuts

Barkley had four more carries, which only resulted in four yards gained, after his big play.

Baker hit Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku for a 10-yard strike in the 2nd quarter - and Njoku tried to gift the ball to a fan in the end zone. 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). 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.

The No. 1 pick of the 2018 National Football League draft threw the first touchdown of his pro career in the preseason opener for the Cleveland Browns, hitting David Njoku for a 10-yard score.

Mayfield isn't exactly playing the underdog role after going first overall in the draft, but he won't let you forget that he's not the tallest guy, that he was once a college walk-on and that, entering 2018, he's entrenched as a backup behind new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Martin also caught two passes for 11 yards to make for an impressive debut. Browns GM John Dorsey and Hue Jackson believe that Antonio Callaway didn't smoke marijuana last weekend, but spoke with the rookie receiver on Tuesday night and warned him in no uncertain terms "that these types of things can't be tolerated".

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