Mayfield impressed in preseason Game 1

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Browns have admitted that they want Tyrod Taylor to be the starter to begin the season. The team acquired Taylor in the off-season in a trade with the Buffalo Bills.

But after Thursday night, the Browns may be forced to give their No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield a shot sooner than they may want. If he plays like he did on Thursday night and the rest of the preseason, it would be easier for the team to reverse course and name Mayfield the starter.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield sees action in the first preseason game

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield making calls at the line (Getty Images)

Taylor was perfect on the evening as he went 5 of 5 for 99 yards and a touchdown. Mayfield, who was a successful quarterback at Oklahoma and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, went 11 of 20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

Mayfield made all the right plays when he was in the game. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s their franchise signal-caller.

One of the touchdowns that Mayfield threw was to second-year player David Njoku. The Heisman winner had to put it into a tight spot for his first touchdown of the evening.

Besides showcasing his throwing ability, Mayfield also showed that he can make plays on the ground, as well. He scrambled for two first downs, including a 4th-and-2 play.

The Browns, who have had horrible quarterbacks for years, finally have a winner in their grasps. It would not be surprising if Mayfield turns the woeful franchise into a winner and playoff contender for years to come.

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