Rookies and veteran quarterbacks shine at new teams
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[September 12, 2016]
(Reuters) - The National
Football League's opening week has been a strong one for debut
quarterbacks as rookies and veterans alike earned passing grades
with their new teams.
Suspended signal-caller Tom Brady casts a large shadow for New
England, but first-time starter Jimmy Garoppolo filled in nicely to
guide the Patriots to a 23-21 victory against Arizona on Sunday
Garoppolo threw for 264 yards, had one touchdown pass and no
interceptions to continue the league-wide trend of new leading
passers achieving early success.
Carson Wentz, the second overall pick of the 2016 draft for
Philadelphia, made a favorable first impression in a 29-10 home
triumph over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Wentz set the tone on the opening drive of the game when he took the
Eagles 75 yards down field and capped the march with a perfectly
lobbed 19-yard touchdown pass over the shoulder of wide receiver
"It was huge," Wentz said of the play.
"Going down and moving the ball and getting that play right away,
right off the bat, was huge for my confidence, huge for this team's
"I know the people here (in Philadelphia) were rocking.
"It was a great way to start the year."
Wentz completed 22 of 37 passes for 278 yards and two scores, while
avoiding a turnover.
Dallas first-year quarterback Dak Prescott was similarly thrust into
the spotlight when starter Tony Romo suffered a pre-season back
But he was as composed against the New York Giants, pushing the
Cowboys on a potential game-winning drive that ultimately ran out of
time as Dallas fell to a 20-19 defeat.
Prescott put together methodical drives and has yet to commit a
turnover dating back to his breakout performance during the
The Minnesota Vikings were left scrambling when starter Teddy
Bridgewater sustained a season-ending knee injury last month.
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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during a break in action
against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at Lincoln
Financial Field.The Philadelphia Eagles won 29-10. Mandatory Credit:
Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The team acquired Sam Bradford from the Eagles but he is still
learning the new offense, so the Vikings turned to 36-year-old Shaun
Hill who steered them to a 25-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Houston Texans signal-caller Brock Osweiler signed a $72 million
deal in the off-season to leave the Super Bowl-winning Denver
Osweiler tossed two touchdowns in his team's 23-14 triumph over the
Chicago Bears and expressed the same confidence in the Texans that
they showed in him.
"There were no nerves there, I knew what kind of football team I had
behind me," Osweiler said.
"I was just excited to get this thing kicked off."
Despite Osweiler’s departure, the Broncos were able to find success
with second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian who won his first ever
NFL start with a 21-20 nail-biter against Carolina on Thursday.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom/Amlan Chakraborty)
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