Cardinals QB Kyler Murray sharp in debut
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.
Patriots 31, Lions 3: Jakobi Meyers caught two touchdown passes in an impressive preseason debut, and New England won easily in Detroit. Detroit wide receiver Jermaine Kearse broke his leg while blocking on a run ning play, per NFL ,com. 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.
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.
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 to open the game.
Briefly: The Chiefs have agreed to terms with cornerback Morris Claiborne on a one-year deal to fortify their backfield, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. Claiborne is suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, which means the earliest he could play is Week 5. ... The Browns granted the trade request of running back Duke Johnson by agreeing to send him to the Texans. Cleveland will receive a fourth-round draft pick in 2020 that can become a third-round choice, a league source confirmed.