Barkley is an extremely talented player, but that doesn't mean much without the proper execution. But in their Browns debut against the Giants, both Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield gave us some impressive plays. In two drives, Taylor went 5-of-5 for 99 yards, including a 36-yard TD down the seam to TE David Njoku (more on him shortly), for a ideal passer rating (158.3). The excitement began with the Browns' first snap, as Tyrod threw a lovely pass to Jarvis Landry up the left sideline, good for 31 yards. It started with him throwing a handsome back shoulder pass to Rashard Higgins.
One of Baker's favorite targets throughout the night was fellow rookie Antonio Callaway. On his first red-zone attempt, Mayfield hit David Njoku in the back of the end zone with a jump-ball 10-yard TD, Njoku's second score of the game and Mayfield's first as a Brown.
After one more three-and-out late in the first half, Mayfield got three second-half series that extended into early in the fourth quarter.
"If you're not going to work hard, then you're not doing it right", Mayfield said. 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. Taylor will start under center, though not expected to stay in the game long.
Mayfield's National Football League debut got off to a rocky start after some conservative play-calling.