It appears the tape hath been watched.
After insisting the night prior he needed to "watch the tape" before naming Baker Mayfield his new starting quarterback, Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson conceded Friday the rookie was stellar in his debut against the New York Jets.
"It was as good as I thought live," Jackson said, according to Andrew Gribble of ClevelandBrowns.com. "He made some tremendous throws."
Mayfield was brilliant in relief of a concussed Tyrod Taylor, leading the Browns to their first win in 635 days. The No. 1 overall pick threw for 202 yards and helped Cleveland overcome a 14-0 deficit.
Jackson stopped short of declaring Mayfield the starter going into Week 4, though. He said he won't announce a quarterback decision before addressing his players, who have the weekend off.
"We don't play for 10 days," Jackson told reporters, via Omar Ruiz of NFL Network. "As I said, I wanted to really watch the tape and talk to the staff and talk to (general manager) John (Dorsey) and then make a decision from there."
The Browns will take a 1-1-1 record into a Sept. 30 tilt with the Oakland Raiders.