A look at the preseason performances of quarterbacks suiting up in new places around the NFL:
Robert Griffin III, Redskins: The Heisman Trophy winner, who was drafted with the No. 2 overall pick by Washington, finished 4 of 6 for 70 yards in his NFL debut. He also lost a fumble. “He stepped up. Made some plays, some excellent throws,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He was very calm, cool, collected. Excellent for his first game.”
Andrew Luck, Colts: The No. 1 pick in April’s draft finished 10-of-16 passing for 188 yards and two TDs. His first pass, a short one to Donald Brown, turned into a 63-yard TD.
Tim Tebow, Jets: As expected, the former Florida QB had his best moments while scrambling in his New York debut. Tebow completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards with one interception and led the Jets to a field goal. He also ran three times for 34 yards, avoiding sacks each time. “I liked the poise he showed,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “Obviously, (he) made some big runs and that’s what we say he can do. If you want to come after him, you better get to him. In time, he’ll kill you running and that’s what he did.”
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins: Miami’s QB of the future is playing now after an injury to starter David Garrard, and he completed 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown for Miami’s only score. Tannehill, who was taken eighth overall in the 2012 draft, was 8 for 9 on his touchdown drive.
Peyton Manning, Broncos: The former Colts great made his first appearance since the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season. He played one possession on a cool, rainy night in the preseason opener against the Bears and completed 4 of 7 passes for 44 yards, including one interception near the end zone. “He was remarkable,” Denver coach John Fox said. “He came back, he’s worked very hard. He hasn’t played football in (almost) two years. I thought it was a good first drive in these conditions … but I thought it was a very good first outing.”
Matt Flynn, Seahawks: The long-time Packers backup finished 11 of 13 for 71 yards, but five of his completions were for 5 yards or less. Flynn also was sacked twice — once holding the ball too long — and threw an interception.
Kirk Cousins: Redskins: The ex-Michigan State standout completed nine of 22 passes for 74 yards and an interception.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks: The former Wisconsin star was 12 for 16 passing for 124 yards. He added 59 yards rushing and also threw an interception.
Brandon Weeden, Browns: The rookie started and went 3-for-9 for 62 yards and no points. He also lost a fumble and threw an interception.