We’ve heard the narratives for four months now. Some pundits have former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield as the next best thing to hit the NFL due to his passion for the game and accuracy. Others have him as a bust due to his size and label as a “system quarterback”. Then there’s some who have been in the middle with a wait and see approach.
Thursday night wasn’t about talking, it was about playing football, and the former Heisman Trophy winner and top pick in the draft put on the type of show Oklahoma fans had grown used to seeing.
Baker Mayfield tore it up in his preseason debut. pic.twitter.com/fmSjHfHno3
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 10, 2018
In leading Cleveland to a 20-10 win over the New York Giants, Mayfield paced the Browns in passing yards and touchdowns in his NFL preseason debut. Sure, it’s just preseason and, yup, it was against the Giants. However, one thing that remained constant was the style in which Mayfield plays. His competitive spirit doesn’t defer to the preseason. He’s all Baker all the time and the NFL world got a glimpse of that Thursday night in the Big Apple.
Mayfield hit David Njoku at the 6:43 mark of the second quarter for his first touchdown of the night, and first at the NFL level, to improve Cleveland’s lead to 13-7 lead.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 10, 2018
After the Giants cut the lead to 13-10 in the third quarter, Mayfield threw a strike to Antonio Callaway, early in the fourth, that resulted in a 54-yard score to put the game away.
While Mayfield was far from perfect in his preseason debut, he shined bright in the areas that matter, particularly in the turnover column. Perhaps his biggest achievement was providing hope to Browns fans that better days actually are ahead.
How did the No. 1 overall pick look in his preseason debut?
— NFL (@NFL) August 10, 2018