Game Day

Browns start preseason with a bang in preview of offensive possibilities

The Cleveland Browns have received relentless attention when it comes to their new-look offense that features Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry at receiver.

The problem Thursday night: Neither of them played.

It would make sense, then, if Cleveland's offense didn't exactly resemble the Texas Tech offenses from the early 2000s. In fact, it ended up looking more like the University of Oregon offenses from the early 2010s.

Baker Mayfield led an uptempo, no-huddle attack on the offense's first possession of 2019 Thursday night, beginning with an incomplete pass intended for training camp standout Derrick Willies. It was his last incompletion of the night.

Check out photos of the Cleveland Browns vs the Washington Redskins at FirstEnergy Stadium by team photographer Matt Starkey

Mayfield connected on his final six pass attempts, with each going for at least 10 yards and hurrying everyone on the field, as the Browns were again ready to snap the ball. In between, running back Nick Chubb ripped off a 12-yard gain on a draw run out of the shotgun. And finally, Mayfield connected with a familiar face in Rashard Higgins for a 24-yard touchdown, capping one of the more impressive drives you'll ever see. Seven plays and 89 yards in just 2:13.

It was so efficient, it almost looked predetermined. Scripted, perhaps.

"No, we were calling it as it goes," Mayfield said after the Browns' 30-10 win. "We kind of had an idea of what we wanted to do not really knowing exactly what they were going to come out when we were playing that fast. It was just seeing the adjustments and checking the ball down when they are carrying their seams and stuff like that. Get the ball down to your back quickly and let them do some work, and they did a good job."

A good job, indeed. So good, Higgins found himself ready to again walk the red carpet, and his quarterback was happy to take his photos.

"Baker is smart," Higgins said. "He is going on his second year and there is a lot of development that he has completed, and we only saw a taste of it today. He did a great job of reading coverages and doing what he does, which is win games."

The Browns won, though Mayfield's night ended after that successful drive. If it is a preview of things to come -- he did say there's a place and time for it, which is not always in the AFC North -- fans should expect more red carpet walks. And much more, once Beckham and Landry join the frenzy.

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