Preseason Week 1 takeaways: Mayfield, Mahomes, Barkley and more – NFL Nation


The NFL is again with the primary full schedule of preseason starting Thursday. How did the rookies look? What about gamers getting back from harm? This is the most important takeaway for every workforce:

Whereas rookie quarterback Josh Allen continued to point out flashes of potential in his preseason debut Thursday, he didn’t appear prepared but to leapfrog Nathan Peterman or AJ McCarron to be the starter. Peterman went 9-for-9 for 119 yards and a landing to open the sport earlier than an interception, whereas McCarron went 7-for-10 for 116 yards within the second quarter. The Payments don’t need to rush Allen’s improvement and neither McCarron nor Peterman gave them a cause to take action Thursday evening. — Mike Rodak

A strong first take a look at for the Carolina quarterbacks as new offensive coordinator Norv Turner makes an attempt to make Cam Newton right into a extra environment friendly participant and discover a younger backup able to profitable. Newton, with a profession 58.5 completion share, accomplished 66.6 % of his go makes an attempt and engineered a scoring drive. Garrett Gilbert and Taylor Heinicke mixed for a similar share within the win at Buffalo. — David Newton

Except for a Kyle Fuller pick-six that got here after Bengals receiver John Ross slipped, there wasn’t a lot to put in writing about. The primary-team offense appeared out of types as Mitch Trubisky — 2-for-Four for Four yards — was sacked as soon as in two collection of labor. Except for Fuller’s spotlight, the protection struggled to make a lot noise because the Bengals moved up and down the sector with relative ease early within the recreation. New coach Matt Nagy has loads of issues to point out his gamers on tape as they head into subsequent week’s preseason contest in Denver. — Nick Friedell

There’s quite a bit to love about this Bengals’ offense. Exterior of an Andy Dalton pick-six that could possibly be attributed to John Ross slipping on his route, the first-team offense impressed. Joe Mixon broke two tackles and spun round for a landing, A.J. Inexperienced was his typical spectacular self, and younger receivers like Ross, Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone confirmed there’s numerous potential for this workforce to proper the ship after being one of many worst offenses within the league final 12 months. — Katherine Terrell

After not lacking a single further level try all final 12 months, kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a PAT within the Bucs’ preseason opener in opposition to the Dolphins. A 53-yard try within the fourth quarter additionally sailed vast proper, however he did handle to make 26- and 27-yard makes an attempt. — Jenna Laine

Seeing his first recreation motion since December 11, 2016, quarterback Ryan Tannehill accomplished Four of 6 passes for 32 yards. He solely performed one collection, however he appeared assured and functionally cellular. Most significantly, he got here out wholesome, and safety held up. A step in the appropriate course. — Jenna Laine

The Browns have themselves some quarterbacks. Plural. No. 1 general choose Baker Mayfield was spectacular, exhibiting playmaking capability out and in of the pocket whereas finishing 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He displayed good contact, command and instincts. Mayfield is clearly the Browns’ future, however present starter Tyrod Taylor additionally had a robust outing. Taylor accomplished all 5 of his passes for 99 yards and a landing. Coach Hue Jackson goes to have a call to make. It is actually a matter of when he turns to Mayfield, not if. — Ryan Isley

Saquon Barkley wanted only one play in Thursday’s preseason opener in opposition to the Browns to point out what he can add to the Giants offense. His 39-yard run on his first carry put his elusiveness (he prevented three tackles) and big-play capability on full show. That ought to have coach Pat Shurmur scheming and make the Giants’ offense scary, particularly when Barkley ultimately will get on the sector in Week 1 with Odell Beckham Jr., who didn’t play within the contest. — Jordan Raanan

The preseason opener deepens the quarterback intrigue behind Ben Roethlisberger. Josh Dobbs seems to be able to make issues fascinating after showcasing his large arm on a landing strike to camp standout Damoun Patterson. Mason Rudolph appeared in charge of the offense and made some strong throws however could not discover the tip zone and struggled with ball safety, a theme for him early in coaching camp. And Landry Jones remains to be very a lot the chief for the highest backup job until it is taken from him over the ultimate three weeks. — Jeremy Fowler

Eagles rookie tight finish Dallas Goedert continues to look the half. He had 4 catches for 66 yards and a landing within the preseason opener. He is had a robust coaching camp as effectively. If Goedert stays on this observe, coach Doug Pederson goes to discover a function for the second-round pick of South Dakota State. — Tim McManus

The backup QBs took middle stage in New Orleans’ preseason opener whereas Drew Brees took the evening off. Veteran newcomer Tom Savage was simply OK as he began and accomplished a conservative 10 of 14 passes for 70 yards with no TDs and no INTs. Second-year professional Taysom Hill was extra dynamic, finishing eight of 9 passes for 72 yards and working seven instances for 52 yards and a TD. However he began a bit shaky and should have relied on his legs a bit an excessive amount of. — Mike Triplett

The Jaguars traded for QB Cody Kessler in March to again up Blake Bortles they usually must really feel fairly good about that transfer tonight. Kessler went 14-of-17 for 139 yards and a TD. Bortles has been sturdy, however not having the skilled Chad Henne was a little bit of a big gamble. This workforce is constructed to make a Tremendous Bowl run and now they need to really feel quite a bit higher if Bortles have been to overlook any prolonged time. — Mike DiRocco

The Redskins could not maintain onto a 17-Zero lead. However that is irrelevant to particular person performances by their younger gamers particularly. Operating again Derrius Guice and nostril sort out Tim Settle particularly jumped out with particular person flashes and receivers Maurice Harris and Robert Davis had moments. So, too, did linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, corners Greg Stroman and Danny Johnson, and security Kenny Ladler. Nevertheless, it’s going to be harm updates to Guice and defensive finish Matt Ioannidis that can decide the success or failure of their preseason opener. — John Keim

No Tom Brady, no Rob Gronkowski and no signal of the Patriots which were a perennial Tremendous Bowl contender in Thursday evening’s preseason opener in opposition to Washington. With Brady and Gronkowski amongst these getting the evening off, the offense was led by Brian Hoyer and it struggled mightily within the first half, with Invoice Belichick saying there was about 38 seconds of excellent soccer. The largest vibrant spot was working again Jeremy Hill, who elevated his probabilities to make the workforce over Mike Gillislee. In the meantime, the protection appeared much like the final time it took the sector within the Tremendous Bowl, as a scarcity of pace confirmed up, and confirmed that the unit has numerous work to do to get the place it desires to be. — Mike Reiss


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