The hype around the Cleveland Browns is deafening.
Baker Mayfield’s opening drive of the preseason against the Washington Redskins will do nothing to mute it.
The second-year Browns quarterback torched the Washington defense Thursday, hitting 5-of-6 passes for 77 yards during his first and only appearance in the game.
He capped it off with a 24-yard dart to receiver Rashard Higgins that threaded the needle between a pair of Washington defenders.
Sure, it’s the preseason. But that throw is impressive any time of year.
The Browns are slated for four prime-time games this season and favored by many to make their first playoff appearance since 2002. Mayfield looks ready.
Baker Mayfield with wife Emily
Baker Mayfield with wife Emily
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 15: Emily Wilkinson and honoree Baker Mayfield attend the 33rd Annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular at The Compound on July 15, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Sports Spectacular)
Missing this Nebraska girl and her perfect smile.
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - MAY 04: Emily Wilkinson and Baker Mayfield attend the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
"Tap tap most" doesn't even do you justice Em. #MMO
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson attend the 2018 Footwear News Achievement Awards at IAC Headquarters on December 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on January 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
2nd post of the day... But it's 2018... So it's our year. #MMO
Em and my chucks are all I need.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 02: Emily Wilkinson and NFL Player Baker Mayfield attends GQ 2019 NFL Honors After Party at Gallery 874 on February 02, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - JULY 17: Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson attend Players' Night Out 2018 hosted by The Players' Tribune on July 17, 2018 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images for The Players' Tribune)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 02: Heisman Trophy winning Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies, one day after losing to Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinals, at Staples Center on January 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 02: Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and Emily Wilkinson attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center on January 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
Happy Valentines Day everybody! Go ahead and get boo’d up and allllll in your feelings today. #LittleSpoon ♥️♥️♥️
New adventures and loving life. I will have more pictures once I get the approval from my boss @ewilkinson
Living our best lives. #MMO
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Those anticipating their first glimpse of Odell Beckham Jr. in a Browns uniform will have to wait.
The Pro Bowl receiver and newly acquired running back Kareem Hunt both sat during Thursday’s preseason opener.