It was a tail of quarterbacks in the first official preseason games of the 2018 NFL season. Many impressed and some came up just short in their first appearances. Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield weren’t members of the latter as they showed their potential giving one team new depth and another new hope.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
Stat line: 7 of 18, 119 yards passing, 21 yards rushing, one touchdown
Jackson had something to prove in his second outing with Baltimore on Thursday. The 32nd-overall pick in 2018 was passed up by numerous teams in need of a talented quarterback, and in the Ravens’ second game out Jackson proved to be just that. In Baltimore’s 33-7 victory over Los Angeles, Jackson recorded 119 yards in the air and 21 on the ground — highlighted by a touchdown late in the first quarter.
Quotable: "It was awesome," Jackson said, via the Baltimore Sun. "The crowd was into it, and we came out with a 'W.'"
Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
Stat line: 11 of 20, 212 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
The No. 1 draft pick may not be the No. 1 quarterback in Cleveland, but he definitely proved he's on his way in his first-ever NFL game. Baker Mayfield gave Browns fans something to look forward to this season as he dazzled the crowd at MetLife Stadium. In Cleveland's 20-10 win over New York, Mayfield threw two impressive touchdowns to help top the Giants — including a 54-yard connection with fellow rookie Antonio Callaway.
Quotable: “One thing I liked about the kid, he has great composure,” said Giants defensive tackle Robert Thomas, via the NY Post. “As a young guy, they usually get kinda frustrated, like you could kinda see when things aren’t going his way,” Thomas said. “He rolled with everything that was happening out there.”
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
It took all of one play for Giants fans to give up any reservations they had for not drafting a quarterback. The No. 2-overall pick out of Penn State took a handoff in the first quarter from Eli Manning and sprinted down field for 39 yards. Had this been during the regular season in 2017, it would have been the second-longest run from scrimmage for a Giant all year. He finished with 43 yards on four carries
Quotable: “It was a nice start,” John Mara told The Post. “It’s kinda what we expected.”