NFL Preseason News

DETROIT (AP) Baker Mayfield threw for 138 yards in a dominant first
half for Cleveland, and the Browns wrapped up the preseason with a
35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Mayfield completed a 41-yard pass to Devon Cajuste on the first
play from scrimmage, and the top overall pick in this year’s draft
looked sharp throughout his two quarters directing Cleveland’s

With Tyrod Taylor atop the depth chart at quarterback, the Browns
are likely to bring Mayfield along slowly. But if the rookie
doesn’t play again for a while, this was a nice note to finish on
before the start of the regular season.

Nick Chubb and Matthew Dayes ran for touchdowns for Cleveland in
what was generally a battle of backups.

The Lions closed out an uninspiring preseason under new coach Matt
Patricia. They were booed off the field at halftime by the sparse
crowd at Ford Field with the score 25-0.


CINCINNATI (AP) – Matt Barkley’s left knee was injured by a low hit
after he threw a pass, giving Jeff Driskel the inside track for the
Bengals’ backup quarterback role.

For the second year in a row, the Bengals (3-1) lost a quarterback
to injury in the final preseason game. Last year, Driskel broke the
thumb on his passing hand in Indianapolis, ending his season.
Cincinnati also has seventh-round pick Logan Woodside.

It was the most high-profile job up for grabs in a game that
featured few starters. The Colts’ Andrew Luck and the Bengals’ Andy
Dalton watched as reserves competed for roster spots.

The No. 2 quarterback job hadn’t been an issue for the Bengals
since they drafted AJ McCarron in 2014. He led them to the playoffs
the following year when Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand.
The Bengals asserted McCarron was still under contract for 2018
because he was hurt during his rookie season, but McCarron won a
grievance and became a free agent, going to Buffalo. The Bengals
then signed Barkley.

On Cincinnati’s second possession, Kemoko Turay hit Barkley in the
legs after he threw a pass, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Barkley came to the sideline to have the knee examined and walked
to the locker room. He didn’t return.


ATLANTA (AP) – Brock Osweiler made a strong final bid for Miami’s
backup quarterback job, leading three first-quarter touchdown
drives. Osweiler is competing with David Fales to be Ryan
Tannehill’s backup. Osweiler completed each of his first six passes
for 65 yards, including a 1-yard scoring pass to Buddy Howell on
Miami’s opening drive. He added a 14-yard scoring pass to Francis
Owusu on the final play of the third quarter.

Osweiler completed 16 of 25 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns
for the Dolphins (1-3). Fales completed 13 of 20 passes for 94
yards and one interception.

The Falcons (0-4) had little offense with its stars, including
quarterback Matt Ryan, running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin
Coleman and wide receiver Julio Jones, watching on the sideline.
Atlanta was held to nine first downs and 185 yards.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Christian Hackenberg had a rough audition for
an NFL roster spot, tossing two interceptions, but the defending
Super Bowl champion Eagles rallied.

Joe Callahan threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Matt Jones with 18
seconds left to lift Philadelphia (1-3).

Jason Myers kicked field goals of 58 and 43 yards for the Jets
(1-3). New York’s defense didn’t allow a touchdown in August until
the final drive.

Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld
watched from the sideline, while Jets rookie Sam Darnold also was a
spectator. Darnold is expected to be New York’s starting
quarterback in Week 1 at Detroit. Wentz is still recovering from
knee surgery last December and is waiting for medical clearance to
play. Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, would start the opener next
Thursday night if Wentz can’t go.

Hackenberg didn’t take a snap in two seasons with the Jets after he
was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. He signed with
the Eagles earlier in the month as the fifth quarterback and has no
chance to make the roster so he was playing for his next job.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Fourth-stringer Tim Cook ran for a pair of
second-half touchdowns, and Carroll Phillips returned a fumble for
another TD to help Jacksonville.

Cook scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards, while Phillips picked up a
fumble by rookie quarterback Austin Allen and ran it back 28 yards
during a 19-point third quarter that turned a 10-3 halftime deficit
into a 12-point lead.

Regulars for both teams sat out the finale in mostly empty Raymond
James Stadium. A total of 34 players did not dress for the Jaguars,
including every starter on offense and defense.

Tampa Bay’s starters had the night off, too, as did suspended
quarterback Jameis Winston, who must sit out the first three games
of the regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Third-stringer Danny Etling tossed a
1-yard touchdown pass to Ralph Webb early in the second half and
iced the game with an 86-yard run late.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning chatted with receiver Odell Beckham
Jr. in the first half, while Tom Brady sat next to the New England
water coolers and relaxed.

There wasn’t much action on the field, with the biggest play coming
late after an Alex Tanney-led drive from the New York 1 stalled at
the Patriots 14 with New England ahead 10-6. Etling faked a handoff
and ran an option around right end and scored untouched to give the
Patriots a 3-1 preseason record. The Giants finished their first
preseason under new coach Pat Shurmur at 2-2.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Rookie Daniel Carlson kicked field goals of
39 and 22 yards, and Kyle Sloter added a 24-yard touchdown pass in
the fourth quarter. Carlson rebounded from missing a pair of
42-yarders wide left a week ago after beating out Kai Forbath for
the job. Carlson connected from 39 yards late in the first half,
tying it 3-3. He added a 22-yarder midway through the third
quarter, giving the Vikings (3-1) a 6-3 lead.

The Titans finished first-year coach Mike Vrabel’s first preseason
winless, though he made clear protecting starters for the regular
season mattered more than notching an exhibition victory.

The starters who did play were the kickers, and the Titans kept Pro
Bowl punter Brett Kern very busy. He punted five times before his
backup took over.


BALTIMORE (AP) – Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for a
touchdown while backup Robert Griffin III spent the entire game on
the sideline as Baltimore completed its third consecutive unbeaten

Jackson played the first half and led Baltimore (5-0) on three
scoring drives. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner and first-round
draft pick is sure to make the team, but coach John Harbaugh has
not yet revealed whether he will keep Griffin, who’s currently No.
2 on the depth chart behind starter Joe Flacco. Griffin, a
five-year veteran, went 27 for 41 during the preseason and showed
no rust after sitting out last year.

Kevin Hogan played the entire game at quarterback for the Redskins
(1-3), going 22 for 38 for 272 yards with three touchdowns and two
interceptions in his bid to unseat Colt McCoy as the backup to Alex

His first interception was returned 23 yards for a touchdown by Kai
Nacua to make it 27-7.


PITTSBURGH (AP) – Josh Dobbs put together a compelling case to be
on someone’s NFL roster next week, throwing for a touchdown and
running for another.

Dobbs, fighting for one of the backup quarterback jobs behind Ben
Roethlisberger, vaulted into the end zone for a 3-yard scoring run
to cap Pittsburgh’s first drive. He added a 27-yard strike to Tevin
Jones later in the opening quarter and finished 8 of 12 for 151
yards to cap an impressive training camp.

It just might not be enough for the 2017 fourth-round pick to stick
around. Dobbs, veteran Landry Jones and rookie Mason Rudolph are
all vying for a spot behind Roethlisberger. Jones, who has played
well while filling in for Roethlisberger over the last three
seasons, is likely safe. So too is Rudolph, a third-round pick this

Carolina’s Taylor Heincke played well in his bid to be the top
backup behind Cam Newton. Heincke started and was 7 of 12 for 68
yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Mose Frazier. Garrett Gilbert came
on in the second quarter and was 4 of 7 for 23 yards.

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