Mayfield isn't exactly playing the underdog role after going first overall in the draft, but he won't let you forget that he's not the tallest guy, that he was once a college walk-on and that, entering 2018, he's entrenched as a backup behind new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
His line ended up at 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two scores.
It's only the first preseason game, but the Baker Mayfield hype train is running like a well-oiled machine. The Cleveland Browns are ready for the preseason action.
"Nothing. He is coming back from injury, I want to be smart with him, and I never meant to play him in this game", Shurmur said. "I wouldn't say it was anything nerve-racking, but a lot of firsts today that I'm glad I got under my belt so I can get more comfortable as I go down the road".
Mayfield returned in the third quarter to spin additional magic, rolling to his right on a third-and-7 from his own 22 to find rookie Antonio Callaway along the sideline for 24 yards.
Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said Mayfield's debut success didn't surprise him. "This was his first opportunity, and he'll grow from it". Police also found bullets and a gun part in his vehicle this week.