CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns continue the preseason on Sunday when they host the New York Giants. Kickoff from FirstEnergy Stadium is set for 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Browns are 1-0 in the preseason following their 23-13 win on Aug. 14 vs. the Jaguars. The Giants lost their lone preseason game thus far to the Jets, 12-7.
Who: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns.
When: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021.
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern.
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland (67,431).
TV: News 5 WEWS (local), NFL Network outside of Cleveland.
Latest line: Browns -4.5.
Announcers: Tom McCarthy, Joe Thomas and Nathan Zegura.
Read some of what Dan Labbe of cleveland.com wrote about the Browns finding more comfort in their second training camp under Kevin Stefanski.
Comfortable is one of the key words this Browns training camp. There were two plays during Thursday’s practice with the Giants where the word seemed to fit.
The first was a throw from Baker Mayfield to David Njoku during one-on-one drills. Njoku went up and one-handed the ball over his former teammate, Jabrill Peppers, and hauled in one of the highlight catches of the two days the teams practiced together.
During two-minute work, Mayfield threw a ball over the middle and, seemingly out of nowhere, Donovan Peoples-Jones appeared in the air and caught the pass. Mayfield said on Friday having players he knows can go get the football makes him comfortable when it comes to putting those footballs in the air.
“Those 50-50 type balls, it’s either theirs or nobody’s catching it,” Mayfield said. “It’s an easy mindset when they’re able to make plays like that.”
From an outsider’s perspective, this camp has been relatively uneventful. There are unavoidable things like injuries and, for whatever reason, there has been a rash of hamstring issues, but on the field the Browns are doing what Kevin Stefanski loves to talk about most: working.
Everyone is comfortable because they know each other so well and the process for getting ready for the season is well-defined. Mayfield, especially, finally seems comfortable as he goes into his fourth season and prepares to be the opening-day starter for the third consecutive season. Counting last year’s two playoff matchups, Mayfield has been the starting quarterback in 47 consecutive games.
Mayfield almost sounded like a coach on Friday when he spoke to the media. He answered questions about topics across the board — from the improvement of Jedrick Wills to the importance of preseason games to married life. He joked about trash talking with Peppers — or “Li’l Pep” — and quashed any thoughts of a lingering beef between him and Giants quarterback Daniel Jones.
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