The first two picks in the 2018 National Football League draft met in the preseason Thursday and wasted little time dazzling in their National Football League debuts.
As for the Giants, the anticipation about No. 2 pick Saquon Barkley is already at a fever-pitch. That side of the debate could claim vindication after 2017 third-round pick Davis Webb completed 9-of-22 passes for 70 yards in a dismal performance.
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.
Mayfield calmly stepped up in the pocket and delivered a low but catchable ball to WR C.J. Board over the middle for a fresh set of downs.
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Granted that the game featured plenty of third and fourth stringers on both ends of the field, Barkley's explosiveness can't be understated.
In his very first carry in the NFL, Barkley broke tackles and zoomed out of the backfield for a 39-yard run during the first quarter of Thursday's preseason match against the Browns.
Mayfield's final numbers (11-of-20 passing, 212 yards, 10.6 yards per attempt, two TDs, 125.4 rating, one sack) were nothing resembling those of a raw rookie trying to transition from college spread to pro-style, albeit against Giants backups playing vanilla schemes.
Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Mayfield's debut success didn't surprise him.