NFL Preseason 2018: Baker Mayfield’s NFL Debut vs. Giants


One of my favorite draft evaluations from the offseason was Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Mayfield, one of the most polarizing college players to ever play college football, had one of the most productive and exciting NCAA careers, and I expect him to shine in the same way on Sundays.

Baker Mayfield

Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws the ball during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Mayfield made his NFL debut against the New York Giants last week, and I must say, I thought he played great. While he only completed 55% of his passes, going 11/20 for 216 yards and two touchdowns, the stats really don’t tell the entire story. Mayfield showed the kind of poise, pocket presence, mental awareness, accuracy, and playmaking ability that you want from the 1st overall pick.

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He was able to spot incoming blitzes, manipulate the pocket inside and outside of the structure of the play, work through his progressions and extend plays and drives with his legs. His ability to throw from different platforms or quickly reset his feet to deliver an accurate ball, were clearly evident on the touchdown to tight end David Njoku and wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

But what better way to showcase Mayfield’s abilities than by jumping into the film room and taking a look at the former Sooner’s debut?