NFL preseason 2018, Week 1: Highlights and results from Thursday

Follow along with us as we live blog the Browns-Giants and Texans-Chiefs games.

Baker Mayfield had a very encouraging first half

The raw stats don’t look great (4/11, 70 yards, 1 touchdown), but Baker Mayfield played really well in his first NFL action. He had a command of the pocket, picked up first downs with his legs, and looked comfortable extending plays against and NFL defense.

Tyrod Taylor’s performance today will continue to entrench him as the starting quarterback, but Mayfield showed promise.

We’re reaching the midway point for the Browns game against the Giants and Antonio Callaway is struggling to catch the ball. He has two drops trying to catch passes from Baker Mayfield; not the game he needed to have coming off his marijuana citation over the weekend.

The number one overall pick didn’t do much of anything on the first drive, but he’s back with a vengeance now. Mayfield just marched the Browns down the field for a touchdown, converting third and fourth downs along the way.

His touchdown throw to David Njoku was pretty solid, too.

Mayfield to Hollywood Higgins could be the preseason’s Montana to Rice. The timing was perfect between the two on this comeback route.

Baker Mayfield had an uneventful first drive

Handoff for negative gain on first down. Missed deep on the second down throw. Another run for a negative gain on third down. Yes, the Browns ran it up the middle on 3rd & 11 in a preseason game.

The Browns’ offense settled in on their second drive.

Tyrod Taylor looked right at home in the Browns’ second drive of the game. He hit Rashard Higgins for two completions including a deep comeback along the sideline before throwing a strike to David Njoku for a touchdown.

Through two drives, Tyrod Taylor is 5/5, 99 yards, and the aforementioned touchdown.

Saquon Barkley looked like Saquon Barkley on his first NFL carry

This kid makes it look so easy. His patience at the line of scrimmage and ability to burst through it will hopefully allow him to create more of these big runs into the regular season.

If you want to join in the discussion for any of the other 10 games on the slate, please visit the game threads at our team sites.

Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills

Panthers fans: Cat Scratch Reader

Bills fans: Buffalo Rumblings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins

Bucs fans: Bucs Nation

Dolphins fans: The Phinsider

Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Bears fans: Windy City Gridiron

Bengals fans: Cincy Jungle

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Steelers fans: Behind the Steel Curtain

Eagles fans: Bleeding Green Nation

New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Saints fans: Canal Street Chronicles

Jags fans: Big Cat Country

Los Angeles Rams vs. Baltimore Ravens

Rams fans: Turf Show Times

Ravens fans: Baltimore Beatdown

Washington vs. New England Patriots

Washington fans: Hogs Haven

Patriots fans: Pats Pulpit

Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers

Titans fans: Music City Miracles

Packers fans: Acme Packing Company


Pregame

The first full week of NFL preseason is set to kick off on Thursday evening with 12 games scheduled.

We will get our first look at the first overall draft pick Baker Mayfield and second overall pick Saquon Barkley as the Cleveland Browns will face the New York Giants. The reigning Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles will take on Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Washington will get its first look a newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith when the team plays the New England Patriots on the road. Houston Texans’ second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson, who suffered a season ending ACL injury in 2017, is expected to play in the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck will be making his return to football after missing the entire 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.

NFL Preseason Week One Schedule:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins, 7 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m.

Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7 p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m., NFL Network

New Orleans Saints vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.

Washington vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:00 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers, 10:00 p.m., NFL Network

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks, 10:00 p.m.



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