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Giants open preseason with sloppy 20-10 loss to Browns

Giants open preseason with sloppy 20-10 loss to Browns

The No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks, Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley, started off their National Football League careers with some nice highlights early in the Browns-Giants preseason game on Thursday night.

5 - Tyrod Taylor was 5-for-5 for 99 yards and the aforementioned touchdown to Njoku before exiting.

It was a disappointing series for the first-team defense and exposed two problems the Giants suffered from a year ago - the inability to pressure the opposing quarterback in key situations and keeping tight ends out of the end zone. It started with him throwing a attractive back shoulder pass to Rashard Higgins.

Callaway, the Browns' fourth-round pick, played despite being cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. He appeared finished by the second quarter; he had four total carries for 43 yards. Spencer Drago was called for holding, though, setting up third-and-18. He continued marching the offense, twice keeping the drive alive with his legs - on third-and-6 and fourth-and-2 - to set up Cleveland with first-and-goal.

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Mayfield threw two touchdowns in two-plus quarters and Barkley ripped off a dazzling 39-yard run on the opening play from scrimmage as the Browns beat the Giants 20-10 on Thursday night. He hauled in a quick slant from Mayfield that he took 54 yards to the end zone to extend the Browns' lead in the second half.

"If you're not going to work hard, then you're not doing it right", Mayfield said.

Mayfield finished the night 11-of-20 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns. 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. In the meantime, former Buffalo Bills signal-caller Tyrod Taylor will start and serve as Mayfield's mentor.

It's only one preseason game, but there were plenty of reasons to be hopeful.


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