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.
Weak play-calling on Mayfield’s first drive. Everyone on the planet knew the handoff was coming on first down and didn’t even try on 3rd & 11
— Kevin Cole (@Cole_Kev) August 9, 2018
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.
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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
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.
NFL Preseason Week One Schedule:
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7 p.m.
Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants, 7 p.m., NFL Network
Washington vs. New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks, 10:00 p.m.
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