Saturday’s NFL exhibition featured more rookies and veterans in their first games with their new teams, with mixed results:
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams. His ballhandling and accuracy took some lumps in a 28-7 loss to the Vikings, and so did his body, in the form of four sacks. A long, rough season might be ahead for the No. 1 overall pick.
Brandon Marshall, WR, Miami Dolphins. Marshall dropped the only two passes thrown his way by Chad Henne in a 10-7 loss to Tampa Bay.
Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers. He showed the electricity and power coaches expected, gaining 50 yards on nine carries to help pound Chicago 25-10. Meanwhile, new Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was quiet in two series.
Jake Delhomme, QB, Cleveland Browns. He looked comfortable as the team’s new starter in a 27-24 win over Green Bay, going 6-of-7 in a game-opening TD drive.
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