QB McSorley makes debut in Ravens win
BALTIMORE — Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley made his NFL debut Thursday night as the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in their 29-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McSorley looked good at times as he completed 9-of-22 passes for 85 yards and also ran three times for 16 yards. He threw one interception on a third-and-short pass.
McSorley’s best pass was a 20-yard TD toss to Miles Boykin in the second quarter, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty.
McSorley is getting a lot of quarterback reps in camp because of an injury to second-stringer Robert Griffin III.
Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives in three possessions and the Baltimore Ravens’ defense throttled Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback Gardner Minshew in a 29-0 preseason victory Thursday night.
The 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 coach Doug Marrone in the preseason opener, which came after the teams held two joint practices earlier in the week.
Preparing for his second NFL season, Jackson played the first quarter and went 4 for 6 for 59 yards and a touchdown. Looking to pass rather than flash the speed that enabled him to rush for 695 yards last year, Jackson completed a 30-yarder to Chris Moore on his first throw of the night to set up a 52-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.
Jackson’s second crack at the ball resulted in a four-and-out, but not long after that he capped his brief night of work with a 6-yard TD pass to Willie Snead for a 10-0 lead.
“It was a good first three series,” Snead said. “We got a lot of things done.”
With Foles on the sideline, Minshew, drafted in the sixth round out of Washington State, proved to be fodder for a defense that last year was ranked No. 1. Minshew lost his helmet when struck on a first-quarter foray out of the pocket, and in the second quarter he got hit a whole lot harder after mishandling a snap. Minshew quickly picked up the ball, just an instant before Kenny Young swooped in untouched and applied a crushing tackle that separated the quarterback from his helmet — again.
Minshew was mercifully lifted after going 7 for 14 for 46 yards. Tanner Lee started the third quarter and was immediately sacked twice before throwing an interception that Cyrus Jones returned 19 yards for a touchdown for a 26-0 lead.
Jacksonville’s only entry into the end zone, on an early kickoff return by Keelan Cole, was wiped out by a penalty.
The Ravens haven’t lost a preseason game since 2015, winning 14 straight.
Patriots 31, Lions 3: Jakobi Meyers caught two touchdown passes in an impressive preseason debut, and the New England Patriots drubbed the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.
Bills 24, Colts 16: On Buffalo’s fourth drive, rookie running back Devin Singletary showed off the shiftiness that to led 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 5¢ minutes into the second quarter.
Titans 27, Eagles 10: The Philadelphia Eagles rested Carson Wentz only to lose his backup Nate Sudfeld, who left the sideline on a cart after injuring his left arm on a late hit in the second quarter of Philadelphia’s loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.
Giants 31, Jets 22: Daniel Jones threw a touchdown pass in his only series and opened speculation on how long he will have to wait to replace Eli Manning in the Giants’ victory over the local rival Jets on Thursday night.
Dolphins 34, Falcons 27: Josh Rosen threw for 191 yards and directed three scoring drives of more than 60 yards to help the Miami Dolphins win their exhibition opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
Browns 30, Redskins 10: Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to end his only series, superstar Odell Beckham Jr. never put on his helmet and the Cleveland Browns gave a brief preview of their offensive firepower during a win over the Washington Redskins.
Panthers 23, Bears 13: With Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro battling for the Chicago Bears kicking job, the best kicking effort in Thursday’s preseason opener came instead from Carolina Panthers rookie Joey Slye.
Slye made field goals of 42, 55 and 29 yards in a victory over the Bears.