The NFL's top overall draft pick in 2018, former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, has declared himself "very ready" to start the final preseason game for the Cleveland Browns, according to a WKYC-TV report. Mayfield will indeed get the starting assignment as the Browns travel to Detroit where they will face the Lions and new head coach Matt Patricia in a contest that will live stream from Ford Field on Thursday.
"It's another opportunity for me. I've been saying it over and over again," Mayfield told the TV station. "I need to take advantage of my opportunities, and this is a great one to come out and show what I can do from the get-go, set the tone not just for the offense, but for the whole team just kind of mindset-wise and just executing."
As the Inquisitr has noted, of the eight quarterbacks taken with the first overall pick on the NFL draft since 2005, Mayfield appears likely to become only the third not to start every game in which he was healthy during his rookie season.
But Browns Coach Hue Jackson, who has presided over exactly one victory in the 32 games he has coached for the Browns, as Pro Football Reference data shows, has committed to eighth-year veteran Tyrod Taylor as his 2018 starter under center.
To find out how to watch a live stream of Thursday's Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions NFL preseason week four matchup, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday, August 30. In the Pacific Time Zone that start time will be 4 p.m.
Another, lesser-known quarterback may also be on the hot seat on Thursday, as Lions backup Jake Rudock — the team's sixth-round pick in the 2016 draft — appears to have fallen behind 14-year veteran Matt Cassel, 36, for the spot backing up starter Matthew Stafford, according to the Detroit News.
Rudock has led three touchdown drives in the preseason, but Cassel may have the advantage of having formerly played for the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2005 — and who filled in for the injured Tom Brady in 2008, leading the team to a 10-5 record, per PFR.
Watch a preview of Thursday's Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions NFL Preseason week four showdown in the video below, courtesy of the NFL Network.Detroit Lions fans who live in the Detroit TV market will be able to watch the game against the Cleveland Browns live stream for free right off the NFL website. And in the Cleveland region, Browns fans can watch a live stream via the NFL's site as well.
Outside of those markets, NFL Game Pass also offers a free trial period to watch a live stream of the Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions preseason NFL clash. Or fans may use the stream provided by NFL Network. Viewers should be aware that accessing the NFL Network live stream requires login credentials from a participating cable or satellite TV provider subscription.
But there is another way to live stream the Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions NFL preseason week four clash for free without a cable or satellite subscription. To do so legally, fans can sign up for a free trial of one of the "over the top" live TV streaming packages, including Sling TV, Fubo TV, or DirecTV Now. All three of those live streaming online TV services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they all offer seven-day free trial periods. If the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that free week, fans can watch the Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions game streamed live for free.