Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Mayfield, Barkley show the goods, Browns beat Giants

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Cary Erickson | 10 August, 2018, 13:26

Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick of the New York Giants, got out of the gate first - actually the first play from scrimmage against the Cleveland Browns. In his first carry for the Giants, Barkley showed patience, then exploded through the running lane for 39 yards.

5 - Tyrod Taylor was 5-for-5 for 99 yards and the aforementioned touchdown to Njoku before exiting.

After completing his first National Football League touchdown pass and throwing a strike on the run, Mayfield came up big once again.

It was a disappointing series for the first-team defense and exposed two problems the Giants suffered from past year - the inability to pressure the opposing quarterback in key situations and keeping tight ends out of the end zone.

Mayfield was up next and, following a three-and-out, settled in on his second series, finding Rashard Higgins with a pretty back-shoulder throw on the sideline for a 26-yard gain.

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CALLAWAY: The troubled fourth-round pick played despite being cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. The new 3-4 defence stopped the run but gave up too many big passing plays. Spencer Drago was called for holding, though, setting up third-and-18. Mayfield also kept the drive alive by scrambling for first downs on third-and-6 and fourth-and-2.

Second-year tight end David Njoku caught two first-quarter touchdown passes - one from each quarterback.

The big reason for that is we could see three of the first four selections from the 2018 NFL Draft on the field on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Mayfield's debut success didn't surprise him. His line ended up at 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two scores. Perhaps he's exclusively intending to compliment his new starting quarterback and express confidence in him as he leads a franchise that has only won one game over the past two seasons.