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Baker Mayfield throws two touchdown passes, impresses in National Football League preseason debut

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Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 14:55

The drive included conversions on third and long and fourth and two.

The Browns also have said they would consider veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant, but a source tells ESPN's Anderson there is an impression that Bryant is not seriously interested in playing for the Browns. In Tyrod's last drive of the evening, OC Todd Haley figured it was a good time to push the pace and practice their hurry-up offense.

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

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. The running game continued to struggle and there was a penalty, which the Browns behind the chains, but Baker stepped up in the pocket and converted a tough 3rd & 18. He then almost found controversial rookie Antonio Callaway, in the lineup only days after receiving a marijuana citation that he didn't immediately inform the Browns of, on a deep shot that Callaway couldn't locate. Mayfield hit fourth-round pick Antonio Callaway over the middle for a 54-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

It marked the second touchdown of the game for Mayfield and pushed his line up to 212 passing yards and two passing touchdowns on 20 attempts.

While most of the focus was on the Browns, the other spotlight was on the second overall pick, Saquon Barkley. He also exited the game as the Browns' leading rusher, with 13 yards on 3 carries. It definitely was Le'Veon Bell-esque. Barkley ripped off a 39-yard run on his first National Football League touch that began with a nasty Barry Sanders-esque jump cut in the backfield.