Baker Mayfield didn’t have the identical explosive begin on Friday night time as he did in the course of the first week of the preseason.
Going through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, the Cleveland Browns QB struggled to string collectively completions to his large receivers, going three of seven for 18 yards within the first quarter.
Jaelen Robust, Derrick Willies and Rashard Higgins all caught a move in the course of the first 12 minutes, however Mayfield’s deep balls didn’t work out. He did have a pleasant escape and completion for a primary down, getting away from Ndamukong Suh.
In all, Mayfield was 10 of 26 for 72 yards, tossing an interception on the final play of the primary half. The Browns led 9-Zero on the break.
In his preseason debut in opposition to the Redskins, Mayfield was 5 for six for 77 yards and a landing. He missed his first throw and by no means missed once more, however solely performed one sequence.
Mayfield was with out his high targets Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, who sat out for relaxation.
Browns Defensive Line Makes Affect Early & Typically
It didn’t take lengthy for the Cleveland Browns line of defense to make an affect in opposition to Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston was beneath fixed duress.
The unit registered back-to-back sacks of Winston to open up the sport and issues solely bought more durable for the QB.
Chris Smith bought one — with an help from Sheldon Richardson who threw Winston into him — and newcomer Olivier Vernon tallied the opposite.
Whereas he didn’t get credit score on the play, a lot of the Browns success will be traced to third-year defensive finish Myles Garrett.
Garrett is coming off a Professional Bowl season the place he notched 44 complete tackles, together with 35 solo stops, taking part in in all 16 video games. He additionally recorded 13.5 sacks, developing only a half-sack wanting the tying Reggie Camp’s 35-year-old single-season franchise document. If one factor is obvious it’s that the addition of fellows like Richardson and Vernon to the road will make it almost not possible for groups to double-team him on any type of common foundation.
The announcers famous how the Bucs moved the ball higher on their second sequence, citing changes. However a lot of it might have had to do this Garrett was carrying a ball cap on the sideline after the primary sequence.
The Browns had as many sacks (5) as Winston had completions after three sequence. Vernon ended up with a pair, whereas Kirksey, Smith, Richardson and nook Denzel Ward accounted for the others.
Kicker Austin Seibert Drills Trio of Area Targets for Leg Up in Kicking Competitors
Austin Seibert earned a leg up within the Browns kicking competitors, drilling a 54-yard kick to open up the scoring in Tampa Bay. He added a 36-yard boot early within the second quarter and adopted that up with a no-doubt 30-yarder.
Cleveland picked Seibert within the fifth spherical of this yr’s draft and he is competing with veteran Greg Joseph for the beginning gig and each have struggled thus far via coaching camp. Each Seibert and Joseph missed kicks in opposition to the Colts at an indoor stadium and have been inconsistent in follow.
Regardless of that, Browns head coach Kitchens has mentioned that the workforce will not be trying to signal a kicker, though a lot of that could possibly be as a result of most groups are carrying two kickers at the moment, that means a lot of the viable choices are taken.
“We’re not attempting to herald a brand new kicker proper now,’’ mentioned Kitchens. “We’ve bought two guys proper right here that may kick the ball a great distance. We’d like them to get their act proper and get the job completed.”
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