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5 best moments from Browns' intrasquad scrimmage

Friday's intrasquad scrimmage was full of some good moments, some bad moments and some moments Hue Jackson said he'll need to review before he's ready to conclude whether they were good or bad.

It was everything you'd expect from a scrimmage at this portion of camp, an annual event designed to get the team ready for its upcoming preseason opener. For the Browns, that's Thursday in New York against the Giants.

We're focusing on the five best moments we spotted during a balmy 90 minutes on the practice fields in Berea.

1. Baker Mayfield and the second-team offense opened the scrimmage with an impressive march down the field. Two big plays got the group moving, as Mayfield, taking advantage of new life after a defensive penalty on third down, connected with C.J. Board on a 36-yard pass down the sideline. Seconds later, Mayfield found Devon Cajuste for a 29-yard pass that put the offense on the 1-yard line. Rookie running back Nick Chubb punched it in for the short touchdown.

"He did get off to a hot start and led the team down there to score, but that is what we expect," Jackson said. "He threw some good balls. The guy is throwing the ball extremely well, and I think that you guys see the accuracy. He had a good day."

2. The first-team offense needed a series or two to find its groove, but it made a quick march down the field when it did.

Tyrod Taylor needed just four throws to get the Browns in the end zone against the second-team defense. He utilized four different weapons, too, as he connected with tight end Darren Fells, wide receiver Corey Coleman and tight end David Njoku on passes that went between 10-20 yards before hitting Jarvis Landry for a 26-yard touchdown.

"He moved the team," Jackson said. "He made some plays down the field with the ball. He threw the ball around. Tyrod did some good things out there."

The Browns held a scrimmage on day eight of training camp.

3. The play that left everyone buzzing happened midway through the scrimmage.

Following a long completion to Duke Johnson, Taylor looked to his favorite target deep down the field. Landry, though, didn't run the route the way he'd hoped, leaving him in a tricky spot for Taylor to find.

It didn't matter.

Taylor put the ball where only Landry could catch it, and he did it -- with one hand. From a distance, it looked like Landry corralled the ball with his armpit, but he later confirmed in adamant fashion that it was nabbed with one hand. Landry took it in from there for the 36-yard touchdown.

"Ty trusts me enough in those types of situations to make those kinds of plays," Landry said. "I can't let him down."

4. The defense had its moments, too. The first-team unit shut down the first-team offense with a three-and-out at the start of the scrimmage and forced a turnover later in the session when Myles Garrett deflected a pass that was ultimately intercepted by linebacker Jamie Collins.

"Everyone is getting their hands up, hands on the football, whether it is PBUs or interceptions," Garrett said. "Then we are rushing well and tapping off the passer, and I feel like those are signs of a great defense, if you can get after the passer and you can take the ball away."

Collins had one of those PBUs during a goal-line session that went heavily in the defense's favor for a second consecutive day. The second-team offense didn't get much of anything, either, as Mayfield was whistled down for a couple of projected sacks.

"What our defense does down there is tough," Jackson said. "We are not game-planning our defense right now."

5. Ross Martin, a Solon native competing with Zane Gonzalez for the kicker job, made the most of his big opportunity Friday when he nailed a field goal from more than 50 yards.

"He is competing," Jackson said. "The guy has made some really strong kicks … He has done a nice job. We will take it all in as we evaluate. We are a long way from deciding who is on this team. Is he in the competition? Yes, he is."

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