National Football League fans attending the New York Giants' preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night had the opportunity to place a legal wager on the game from inside the stadium. Then he bounced it outside and gained the edge on flat-footed Browns CB Damarious Randall. While Tyrod Taylor holds the edge to start right now, Mayfield is making an excellent case to be Cleveland's starting quarterback when the regular season begins. 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.
His first series ended with a three-and-out, but he quickly led the Browns on an impressive touchdown drive the next time he got the ball.
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The hosts are leading the series 1-0, but will be without their marquee player Ben Stokes, who is busy with his hearing in court. In fact, an hour after the game was called off for the day, the sun peeped through the clouds for the first time.
It was all so familiar for Sooners fans and novel for Clevelanders.
Mayfield closed 11-of-20 for 212 yards with two scores on the night. Look for new coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula to employ plenty more two-receiver, two-tight end sets, where Engram can essentially serve as a slot receiver while Ellison can take pressure off him and Flowers. That's unlikely, as Hue Jackson and John Dorsey have up until now been steadfast in the support of the starter, Taylor, who couldn't have been more efficient in his own Browns debut. It may have been the first preseason game, but that doesn't change the fact that at least some of the real gameplan made it into this one.