How about those Browns? (It feels like a really long time since I could say that without sarcasm or a remorseful tone.) I know, the Thursday game in Met Life Stadium against the New York Giants was a tiny first step on a very long road. I realize there are plenty of fans waving the caution flag reminding us that this game is no predictor of future success. They suggest all of the Browns fans who are over-the-moon happy should relax; it’s definitely the prudent thing to do. However, I’ve never been prudent, so I’ll say it again..
HOW ABOUT THOSE BROWNS?
In looking for a Top Dawg, I am happy that there are a few names who would fit the criteria. However, at the end of the night, the best choice for the first pre-season Top Dawg award is rookie quarterback and our number one draft pick, Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield put up good numbers.
The former Heisman winner went 11-20 with 212 yards and two scores. But, I think the part of Mayfield’s play that impressed me and many other fans was his solid decision making and the maturity he showed. He was not off running for the hills at the first sound of defender’s footsteps. He did not rush his passes and turn over the ball every time he felt threatened. Mayfield also did not stand in the pocket with a deer in the headlights expression. He showed that he came prepared to play.
Browns fans have plenty of experience adapting to quarterbacks. We have seen a parade of quarterbacks in and out of Cleveland these past several years. So, watching (another) rookie under center was a little unnerving, especially after veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s flawless start.
While I sincerely hope that Taylor will be the starting QB when the regular season begins, I am looking forward to watching Baker Mayfield’s transition to the NFL. Well done, Baker, you are this week’s Top Dawg.