Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in April, made his preseason debut Thursday with one series at the helm against the Chargers in Glendale, Ariz.
Murray, wearing No. 1, was efficient, completing six of his seven passing attempts for 44 yards in his one and only drive. Commentators remarked on the accuracy of the rookie from Oklahoma.
Ravens 29, Jaguars 0: Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives in three possessions and Baltimore’s defense throttled Jacksonville backup quarterback Gardner Minshew.
The visiting Jaguars played without quarterback Nick Foles, the 2018 Super Bowl MVP who was signed as a free agent in March. Foles was one of 32 players who were either injured or rested by head coach Doug Marrone in the preseason opener.
Patriots 31, Lions 3: Jakobi Meyers caught two touchdown passes in an impressive preseason debut, and New England won easily in Detroit. QBs Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford didn’t play, and plenty of other key players were also spectators, but Meyers stood out for New England. The undrafted rookie caught scoring passes from Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham in the second quarter. Meyers finished with six catches for 69 yards.
Panthers 23, Bears 13: With Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro competling for the Chicago kicking job, the best kicking effort came instead from Carolina rookie Joey Slye. Slye made field goals of 42, 55 and 29 yards and the visiting Panthers had a 7-yard touchdown catch and 11-yard TD run from rookie Elijah Holyfield.
Bills 24, Colts 16: With LeSean McCoy resting, and Frank Gore limited to two series, rookie running back Devin Singletary got the host Bills off to a running start. On Buffalo’s fourth drive, Singletary showed off the shiftiness that led to the Bills drafting him in the third round. He accounted for 16 yards rushing and 21 receiving as part of a 46-yard drive that ended with Matt Barkley hitting Cam Phillips for an 8-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring.
Browns 30, Washington 10: Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to end his only series as Cleveland gave the home crowd a preview of its offensive firepower. Mayfield picked up where he left off following his rookie season, firing a 24-yard TD pass to Rashard Higgins as the Browns went no-huddle and drove 89 yards in just 2:13 to open the game.
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