Baker Mayfield’s preseason NFL career is officially underway. The Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback took over the offense with about a minute to play in the first quarter of tonight’s game against the New York Giants.
Mayfield, who’s expected to be Cleveland’s backup behind Tyrod Taylor, did not have a very good first drive.
The first play was a handoff that was stuffed for a loss. The second play was a pass, but it did not go anywhere:
— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) August 9, 2018
Then, with the Browns’ offense facing 3rd and 11, Cleveland opted to go with an easy handoff, leading to a fourth down.
Many are being critical of the Browns’ conservative play calling in a preseason game, especially with Baker being a No. 1 overall pick.
Former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels tweeted the following:
“The Browns have 3rd and 11 from their own 10 yard line with Baker Mayfield at QB. They go with two backs, two TEs and one WR. They hand the ball off. It’s a preseason game. Why??” he wrote.
They go with two backs, two TEs and one WR.
They hand the ball off.
It’s a preseason game.
— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) August 9, 2018
It’s not ridiculous to want to be conservative when you’re close to your own end zone, especially with a rookie quarterback you don’t want to rattle, but it would be nice to see Baker Mayfield air it out a little bit.