The Baker Mayfield era has officially kicked off.

Mayfield was named the Browns’ new starting quarterback on Monday, and the No. 1 pick will make his first start Sunday at Oakland.

Coach Hue Jackson made the move to replace Tyrod Taylor with Mayfield after the rookie led the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind win Thursday night over the New York Jets — Cleveland’s first win since 2016.

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gets interviewed at the on-field set for Thursday Night Football after an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, in Cleveland. Rookie Baker Mayfield has a new gig _ starting quarterback. Browns coach Hue Jackson made the switch to Mayfield official on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, and the No. 1 pick will make his first start Sunday at Oakland. Jackson decided to make the move after Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night and led the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind win over the New York Jets _ Cleveland’s first since 2016.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Under the national TV spotlight, Mayfield came in for an injured Taylor and showed poise during his pro debut. He made quick decisions and throws while completing 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards in just more than one half.

Taylor, who sustained a concussion, was starting because the Browns’ plan was to have Mayfield watch and learn as a backup until he was ready.

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Cleveland. Rookie Baker Mayfield has a new gig _ starting quarterback. Browns coach Hue Jackson made the switch to Mayfield official on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, and the No. 1 pick will make his first start Sunday at Oakland. Jackson decided to make the move after Mayfield replaced an injured Tyrod Taylor on Thursday night and led the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind win over the New York Jets _ Cleveland’s first since 2016. (AP Photo/David Richard, FIle)

But Taylor’s injury and Mayfield’s sharp performance changed Cleveland’s strategy.

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Source: The Associated Press

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