Blake Bortles has solid exhibition debut for Jacksonville
Rookie Blake Bortles was solid in his exhibition debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Tampa Bay 16-10.
The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Blake Bortles was solid in his exhibition debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Tampa Bay 16-10 on Friday night.
The third player taken in this year’s draft completed 7 of 11 passes, including a 31-yarder down the middle of the field to Mike Brown to set up a 26-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 10-3 lead late in the third quarter.
Denard Robinson’s 23-yard TD run snapped a 10-10 tie with 6:27 remaining in the game.
Tampa Bay’s first-team offense sputtered in its debut under coach Lovie Smith.
Bills 20, at Panthers 18
Anthony Dixon ran for a touchdown, Dan Carpenter had two field goals and Buffalo defeated Carolina.
EJ Manuel completed 9 of 13 passes for 96 yards but the Bills struggled to cash in on scoring opportunities for the second straight game. Buffalo’s first-team offense reached Carolina territory on its first three possessions but managed a mere three points.
Rookie Kelvin Benjamin had no such problem finding the end zone. Carolina’s first-round draft pick turned in the play of the game, thrilling fans with a stumbling, diving 29-yard touchdown catch of a Derek Anderson pass.
Saints 26, at Rams 24
Mark Ingram had eight carries for 83 yards and a 22-yard touchdown in the first half and New Orleans, playing without quarterback Drew Brees, edged St. Louis.
Rams QB Sam Bradford didn’t play either, held out as a precaution coming off knee surgery.
Greg Zuerlein of St. Louis was wide left on a 59-yard field-goal try on the final play.
Rams rookie Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the league, was effective in his debut as a reserve defensive end.
At Falcons 16, Dolphins 10
Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan produced touchdowns on their only possessions, Sean Renfree led two field-goal drives in the second half and Atlanta held off Miami.
Rookie quarterback Seth Lobato led Miami to the Atlanta 5 with less than three minutes remaining before fumbling a shotgun snap. Defensive end Nosa Eguae recovered for Atlanta.
The only touchdowns of the game came on each team’s first drive.
Tannehill was 6 for 6 for 62 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to former Washington State standout Brandon Gibson.
Ryan was 7 of 7 for 53 yards on Atlanta’s opening drive.
At Bears 34, Eagles 28
Jay Cutler, Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen threw touchdown passes and Chicago outscored Philadelphia.
The Bears rattled Eagles starter Nick Foles in the early going, intercepting two passes.
At Vikings 10, Raiders 6
Matt Cassel led a crisp touchdown drive with Minnesota’s first-team offense, and the Vikings edged Oakland.
Teddy Bridgewater relieved Cassel at quarterback after one series, and the rookie from Louisville was 6 of 13 for 49 yards.
Matt Schaub of Oakland was 3 of 7 for 21 yards.
• Miami safety Reshad Jones has run afoul of the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Jones was suspended for the first four games of the regular season. He said he took a supplement that caused the violation.
Jones finished second on the team in tackles last season.
• Reserve center Eric Herman of the New York Giants was suspended for the first four games; he said he tested positive for a stimulant.