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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Baker Mayfield finishes strong in second preseason game

For the first time in front of a Cleveland crowd, it was another solid showing for the top overall pick.

Buffalo Bills v Cleveland Browns Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Cleveland Browns fans got their first live-action glimpse at Baker Mayfield in Friday night’s preseason contest against the Buffalo Bills. While the Browns’ starting offensive line imposed its will in the run game for much of the first half, the backup unit that took the field with Mayfield left a lot to be desired in regards to pass protection early on. On the night, the rookie QB went 7/13 for 75 yards in five drives.

Tonight’s starter, Tyrod Taylor, and Mayfield warm up side-by-side before kickoff.

Mayfield’s highly anticipated homefield debut began with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. In his lone first-half series, he completed 2/2 passing attempts for a net of zero yards.

For the first three Mayfield-led drives (not including the one-play kneel-down to end the first half), Cleveland’s offense looked abysmal, going three-and-out in each instance. It wasn’t until mid-way through the third quarter that the Browns’ backup unit finally found an offensive rhythm with a couple of nine-yard completions and this 26-yard connection with Devon Cajuste.

From that point on, you could tell Mayfield was feeling it. On his next and final drive, the Heisman Trophy winner showed some of the reasons why he’s such a dynamic playmaker. He used his feet and awareness to evade multiple sack attempts, and aside from one ill-advised throw across his body, he made smart choices and was accurate with the ball.

A beautiful one-yard fade appeared to be good for a touchdown, but was ultimately reviewed and reversed.

Still, the drive was a success, as rookie running back Nick Chubb capped off the possession with a trip to the end zone.

In two preseason games, Mayfield has thrown for 287 yards and two TDs on 18/33 passing. Next Thursday, the Browns will host the reigning Super Bowl champions in the Philadelphia Eagles.

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