The Cleveland Browns were defeated in all 16 games of the regular season last year. While a Hugh Jackson submerge into Lake Erie was rather suggestive, It's going to take some victories to appease eager fans and erase years of disappointing finishes for this franchise. Fortunately, flashes of promise were present in their Preseason opener against the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium last night, a performance with many Brownie points.
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While Browns Starting QB Tyrod Taylor tossed a touchdown with the 1st string staff, he was succeeded by the performance of 2nd string QB Baker Mayfield who stole the show with his pocket presence and passer precision. While jumping the gun and saying that Baker deserves the starting role in the NFL is a tad bit forward, he definitely has a competitive edge that is innate and exactly what this franchise needs (and no not another Johnny Manziel). Last night Mayfield threw for 212 yards on 10-11 passing and registered 2 TD's passes. His primary target of choice seemed to be Browns rookie WR Anthony Calloway. Calloway showed forth some shifty footwork catching a TD and honing in a few nifty catches on the outside near the white line. His route running and awareness seemed pure against the 2nd string Giants secondary and his development may be promising behind the leadership of WR Jarvis Landry and WR Josh Gordon.
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The Browns will have 7 days off until they match-up against the Super Bowl LII champions next Thursday. In a 4 week short preseason they'll be looking to shed off any inadequacies and unfit roster personnel. The mission is plain, to eradicate a tenure notorious for losing and establish a presence in a shifting NFC North division (one step at a time). Ultimately, despite criticism regarding the selection of their rookie QB, Baker Mayfield's potential seems to be much more than just a theory after one game on the gridiron. (Watch Video Below - "Hard-knocks Cleveland Browns")