Sunday, August 19, 2018

Rivers, Chargers look sharp early in 24-14 win over Seahawks

 Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers looked almost ready for the regular season from their first series.
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks probably feel like they've got more work to do.
Melvin Gordon rushed for a short touchdown to cap a strong 70-yard opening drive by the Chargers' first-team offense, and Rivers went 6 of 7 for 62 yards in Los Angeles' 24-14 preseason victory over the Seahawks on Saturday night.
JJ Jones returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown late in the first half, and Mike Williams caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith in the second half of a solid performance by the Chargers (1-1) in the preseason home opener of their second season at compact StubHub Center.
While Rivers played only two series, Wilson was 13 of 21 for 193 yards while playing the entire first half for the Seahawks (0-2). His offense was limited to two field goals by execution mistakes in the red zone, and Wilson was repeatedly flushed from the pocket by Melvin Ingram while the Chargers' destructive pass rusher had an outstanding first half.
David Moore made the Seahawks' biggest play of the first half, hauling in a 52-yard catch between two Chargers downfield. Seattle could have kept it closer, but Chris Carson had a touchdown run waved off by a penalty and later fumbled at the goal line in the first half.
Rivers' work was shorter but still valuable, including a few plays on which the veteran capably eluded the Seattle rush and made strong throws on the run.
Smith then made a strong argument for the backup job, going 6 of 8 for 85 yards. His TD pass came on an eye-opening catch by Williams, who jumped over Seattle cornerback Akeem King and hauled in the first score of his NFL career for a 21-6 lead.
Williams was the seventh overall pick in last year's draft, but the Clemson product's career got off to a slow start because of injuries. He is healthy and eager to become a force in the Chargers' already bulging receiving corps alongside Pro Bowler Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams.
Seahawks rookie Alex McGough led a solid drive in the final minutes, hitting Malik Turner with a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Robert Aguayo hit a 39-yard field goal with 40 seconds left, boosting his bid to win the Chargers' kicking job.
KICKING IN
Jones made another argument for a spot on the regular-season roster with a spectacular burst through the heart of the Seahawks' punt coverage team on the way to a score. The undrafted free agent from West Georgia has turned heads throughout camp.
INJURIES
Chargers: S Jaylen Watkins started, but was helped off the field late in the first half with a right knee injury. Ingram fell on his teammate on the play, and Watkins couldn't put weight on his leg.
ANTHEM UPDATE
Chargers left tackle Russell Okung raised his right fist during the national anthem. Three Seahawks stayed off the field during the anthem for the second consecutive week: offensive tackle Duane Brown, defensive end Branden Jackson and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson.
UP NEXT
Seahawks: At the Minnesota Vikings on Aug. 24.
Chargers: Host the New Orleans Saints on Aug. 25.

Keenum rebounds but Bears beat Broncos 24-23

Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Denver QB Case Keenum feel better about their respective offenses after starting out faster and finally moving the chains Saturday night.
"Scoring points always feels better," said Keenum, who led two scoring drives in three possessions one week after his dud of a Denver debut.
Trubisky also bounced back from a dismal debut last week by connecting with Trey Burton for his first score of the summer.
"We can find answers in this offense," said Trubisky, who's learning first-year coach Matt Nagy's philosophies. "The playmakers are going to get open. It's my job to get them the ball."
Keenum's new backup Chad Kelly threw another touchdown pass after leapfrogging Paxton Lynch, but it was Bears backup Chase Daniel who had the best night of all.
He led Chicago's fantastic finish by throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the final five minutes Saturday night to spark Chicago's come-from-behind 24-23 win.
With the Broncos in control at 23-10, Lynch entered the game to a thunderclap of boos, which only increased through three drives that went nowhere.
"Well, I feel bad for Paxton, but our fans want to win," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. "That's what it's about, it's about passion, I should say. But I feel bad for Paxton. But he has to ignore it and go play. It's professional football. No one's going to hold your hand, so he has to go out there and perform."
Lynch played poorly again.
A week after his 24-yard performance led to his demotion, he threw for just 39 yards on 5-of-11 passing with a pair of sacks.
He nevertheless had the Broncos (0-2) in field goal range when he hit Isaiah McKenzie on a short slant route and the speedy receiver who fumbled six times as a rookie, coughed up the football on second effort at the Chicago 37 and linebacker Isaiah Irving recovered it with 58 seconds left.
The Broncos can only hope McKenzie doesn't crumble from his latest fumble.
"He's a good young player, he's had a good camp and he played well last week, so hopefully it doesn't set him back," Joseph said.
Daniel threw a 2-yard TD pass to running back Taquan Mizzell with 4:38 left and then hit tight end Ben Braunecker with 1:53 remaining to tie it. Pat O'Donnell's extra point gave Chicago (1-2) its first lead.
BOUNCE-BACK
After a pair of three-and-outs last week, Keenum rebounded from another three-and-out to lead two scoring drives on his final two possessions, finishing 8 for 13 for 78 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Kelly had his second straight strong showing, this one just 48 hours after general manager John Elway indicated he might have to go in search of a veteran backup quarterback if he can't trust either Kelly or Lynch to come in and win games should Keenum get hurt.
Even though Kelly's three TDs are the only ones thrown by Denver's quarterbacks so far, Joseph's not ready to say he can trust him to be one play away from starting when the regular season begins.
"I can't speak for two weeks down the road here," Joseph said, "but right now he's our backup quarterback."
Trubisky threw for 90 yards and a touchdown on 9-of-14 passing. He also threw an interception and was tackled by first-round pick Bradley Chubb for a safety after the shotgun snap from the 1 went off his hands.
Trubisky said he's feeling more and more comfortable in Chicago's new offense.
"We're still hiding a bunch of good stuff, too," Trubisky said. "We're not showing all of it."
Kelly completed 7 of 9 passes for 90 yards and capped his first drive of the night with a 16-yard touchdown toss to rookie Courtland Sutton .
MILLER STARTS
Von Miller , who was held out at the last minute a week earlier, made his preseason debut for Denver and played a couple of series. Miller said he wasn't upset by the decision last week to sit him against the Vikings but said he did want to play.
SMITH SITS
Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith has practiced in pads just once since January, so it wasn't a surprise he was in street clothes Saturday night. Earlier in the week he became the last member of the 2018 NFL draft class to sign his contract and reported 30 days late.
"The timing wasn't good," to play in a game this week, Nagy said.
FLAG FOOTBALL
There was an incredible 293 yards in penalties, many of them of the new helmet-hit variety.
"I'm hopeful it won't look like that" in the regular season, Joseph said.
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Just like last week, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas weren't on the sideline for the national anthem. Thomas (wrist) didn't suit up.
INJURIES
Bears TE Adam Shaheen injured his right ankle on the game's first drive and LB Leonard Floyd left with a hand injury.
S Will Parks said he avoided a serious knee injury. McKenzie, who had called for a fair catch on a punt, was evaluated for a concussion after Deiondre' Hall's personal foul tackle. WR Jordan Leslie left with an injured left hand.
NEXT UP
Bears: Host Chiefs on Aug. 25.
Broncos: Visit Washington on Aug. 24.

Jameis Winston throws 2 TDs as Tampa Bay beats Titans 30-14

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly have had plenty of time to get used to the idea that Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the season because of a suspension.
Watching the quarterback light up a defense in just a quarter doesn't make it any easier.
Winston threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns after coming off the bench in the second quarter, and the Buccaneers beat the Tennessee Titans 30-14 Saturday night in the teams' second exhibition game.
Ryan Fitzpatrick started for a second straight week as the Buccaneers (2-0) prepare the veteran to run the offense while Winston sits out for violating the league's personal conduct policy after the NFL investigated an allegation Winston groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.
"It is what it is," Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said of Winston's looming suspension. "I mean, we're over that. We've got to move forward. We've got three good quarterbacks."
Fitzpatrick helped the Bucs hold the ball for 9 minutes of the first quarter, but they settled for a field goal as the quarterback was 5 of 13 for 46 yards passing.
Then Winston completed eight of his first nine passes and left with a 151.4 passer rating. He threw for big chunks, hitting Mike Evans for 38 yards and then DeSean Jackson on a 54-yarder . Winston found Chris Godwin in a pack of Titans in the end zone for an 8-yard TD and connected with Justin Watson for a 21-yard TD that gave the Bucs a 20-7 halftime lead.
"That second quarter, to have Jameis throw for 200-whatever yards in one quarter with a couple touchdowns, was pretty fun to watch," Fitzpatrick said.
Winston was just happy to get some work with the first-team offense, even if his first TD pass went into a crowd of defenders. He credited Godwin with getting open, so he threw it up and gave the receiver a chance.
"In film, I'm probably going to get yelled at," Winston said.
Marcus Mariota left before Winston entered the game featuring the top two draft picks of 2015. Mariota played two series in the first quarter, and he was 4 of 7 for 80 yards with a 47-yard TD to Taywan Taylor off a screen pass.
First-year coach Mike Vrabel continues looking for his first preseason victory with the Titans (0-2).
TAYLOR'S NIGHT
Taylor, a third-round pick out of Western Kentucky a year ago, got a shout-out from LeBron James on the NFL's Instagram account for his first TD. James wrote: "SPEED KILLS! Sheesh." Taylor finished with four catches for 95 yards and two TDs. He caught a 3-yarder from Blaine Gabbert in the third quarter.
"My heart kind of jumped a little bit because you know that's my favorite player, but that's crazy though," Taylor said. "I didn't expect that. So I'm definitely, a little bit more motivation to do more of that more often."
THE MISSING
Tampa Bay didn't dress 12 players, with cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III the only starter out. Titans starting cornerback Malcolm Butler did not play, and three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker left Thursday's practice early with an undisclosed injury. Tennessee had two other starters on the physically-unable-to-perform list in right tackle Jack Conklin and wide receiver Rishard Matthews.
INJURIES
Buccaneers running back Charles Sims was declared out with an injured knee in the opening minutes. Cornerback Jordan Whitehead hurt a shoulder and cornerback M.J. Stewart hurt a foot. Neither returned.
Titans safety Kendrick Lewis hurt his foot in the third quarter.
ANTHEM UPDATE
The Buccaneers lined up on the sideline with no visible protests. The Titans did the same, and three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey changed his approach. The lineman said in London in July and confirmed on the opening day of training camp that he would keep raising his first at the end of the anthem to bring attention to how the justice system treats minorities. Once the anthem ended, Casey raised his right hand to his forehead and saluted instead of raising a fist.
Casey noted he did the salute before he started raising his fist.
"I'm trying to make sure I use my platform the right way and find different ways we can use this platform in a better way," Casey said. "Not necessarily just as a protest but also helping the community out and trying to find solutions that we can get involved with using the platform."
UP NEXT
Buccaneers: Host Detroit on Friday.
Titans: Visit Pittsburgh on Aug. 25.

Watson, Garoppolo sharp as Texans top 49ers 16-13

After throwing just one pass in his return to game action last week, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was determined to stay on the field a little longer on Saturday night.
Watson used his one series to march the Texans down the field, going 5 of 8 for 73 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington in Houston's 16-13 exhibition victory over the San Francisco 49ers,
"I guess he was 5 for 8, but I think he had three drops on the drive," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I thought he did some nice things. We were able to play at a pretty good tempo and get in the end zone so that was good."
It was a much lengthier outing than the preseason opener in Kansas City, when Watson attempted just one pass in his return to game action after missing the second half of his rookie season with a torn ACL.
"I felt good just to be in a game," Watson said. "Try to get my feet wet. It was a good drive for us."
Watson's efficiency matched a nice opening drive from San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Trent Taylor.
Garoppolo's night ended after his second drive when a deep pass to Dante Pettis bounced off Pettis' hands and was intercepted by Johnson Bademosi. Garoppolo was 10 of 12 for 136 yards and said there were plenty of "simple mistakes" that the team can work on correcting before the regular season begins.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he was tempted to send his first-string offense out for a third series.
"I wanted them to get going more," Shanahan said. "I didn't think our execution was great in the first game. I didn't think it was great in this game either, but I just wanted to give them more time to play."
Backup quarterbacks Brandon Weeden for Houston and C.J. Beathard for San Francisco struggled to move the ball and the game was tied at 7 at halftime.
Weeden completed 7 of 15 passes for 50 yards, while Beathard was 10 of 17 for 82 yards.
With Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn nursing an undisclosed injury, recent acquisition Nick Rose made a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter to put Houston up 10-7. Robbie Gould tied the game at 10 later in the third with a 39-yarder.
After Gould made a 41-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining, Houston third-string quarterback Joe Webb led the Texans down the field and found Vyncint Smith for a 41-yard touchdown with 27 seconds remaining.
With San Francisco down two running backs, including starter Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder), Jeremy McNichols got the start for the 49ers, rushing for 28 yards on 10 carries. Most offensive starters played the first two series.
Defensively, starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and K'Waun Williams did not play.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Johnathan Joseph and several other Texans defensive starters didn't play. Offensively, starting wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller did not play.
NATIONAL ANTHEM
No players from the 49ers or the Texans kneeled during the national anthem, although 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin did raise his right fist for the duration. Linebacker Eli Harold kneeled during the anthem the past two years, but stood on Saturday night.
INJURIES
49ers: Backup OL Erik Magnuson suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter and limped to the locker room. DEs Solomon Thomas (concussion) and Arik Armstead (hamstring), TE George Kittle (shoulder), Breida (shoulder), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and McKinnon (calf) were inactive.
Texans: Starting CB Kevin Johnson suffered a concussion after defending a pass from Garoppolo on the first drive. Johnson landed awkwardly on his shoulder and was treated on the field by the team's medical staff for nearly five minutes before being escorted to the locker room. O'Brien said after the game he was taken to the hospital and that he was doing OK. ... Texans WR Sammie Coates Jr. also suffered a concussion.
LOWERING THE HEAD
San Francisco was twice flagged for the league's new penalties for lowering the head to initiate contact, both in the second quarter. The first came on a punt return and was charged to Raheem Mostert and the second came against Jeremiah Attaochu while rushing the passer.
PENALTIES GALORE
"Extremely disappointing. There were way too many penalties. We'll look at each one. Some you can control and some you can't, but they really hurt us. They were unacceptable." - Shanahan on San Francisco's 15 penalties for 140 yards
HE SAID IT
"I feel more comfortable just being out there with the guys longer. Last season, I came off the streets. This year, we have time to work on plays, work on being better." -Texans WR Bruce Ellington
NEXT UP
The 49ers (1-1) return to action on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Colts.
The Texans (2-0) visit the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Prescott solid, Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing.
Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals.
Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped by a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams, before the Bengals rallied after halftime for a 21-13 exhibition victory Saturday night.
The Bengals had just two first downs in three Dalton-led possessions a week after he threw for two touchdowns with an offense that was revamped after finishing last in the NFL. One of the first downs was on Dalton's 13-yard scramble after the Bengals (2-0) started with a pair of three-and-outs.
A week after throwing a 30-yard touchdown to rookie Michael Gallup on his only drive of the preseason opener in San Francisco, Prescott was 10 of 15 for 86 yards. The TD drive for a 10-0 lead was kept alive by an 8-yard slant to Gallup, who reached out for a nice catch inside the Cincinnati 10.
The concern for the Cowboys (0-2) was the status of four-time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin, who left early on what would have been his last drive with a knee injury.
Owner Jerry Jones said an MRI was planned Sunday and he was optimistic about the outcome. Martin was injured when he bent down to block cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in the open field on a run by Rod Smith. Martin was on the sideline in street clothes late in the game.
"I just want to say we've got more to gain from (the MRI), but from what we've seen, I'll sleep good tonight on Martin," Jones said.
Dalton finished 5 of 7 for 41 yards, with his final drive stalling near midfield.
On Cincinnati's first offensive play after Dalton left, Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton forced a fumble on a short completion to Tyler Boyd, with cornerback Byron Jones getting the recovery.
"We've got things we can work on, attacking the football, throwing balls down the field," coach Marvin Lewis said. "We had opportunities. We just missed the timing of it and we've got to be better at those things."
The Cowboys forced two turnovers after getting three against the 49ers. The highlight was Chidobe Awuzie's leaping interception , which he tipped to himself along the sideline late in the first half.
Cincinnati's first points came on backup kicker Jonathan Brown's 55-yard field goal in the third quarter.
The Bengals went ahead 11-10 when Tra Carson scored on a 2-yard run and Jeff Driskel threw a 2-point conversion pass to John Ross. Matt Barkley's 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hill wrapped up the scoring midway through the fourth quarter.
LONG TIME COMING
Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory played for the first time since the finale of the 2016 regular season. He missed all of last season after getting suspended three times in 2016 for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gregory didn't show up in the defensive stats but pressured Dalton on a third-down misfire to an open A.J. Green on Cincinnati's opening possession.
TALE OF TWO WORKLOADS
With star running back Ezekiel Elliott sitting again for Dallas, Smith had 13 carries in the first 18 minutes, finishing with 49 yards. His workload was helped by a nearly nine-minute drive to Williams' touchdown. Bengals starter Joe Mixon got just four carries for 8 yards.
O-LINE OVERHAUL
The work in progress that is the overhauled offensive line for the Bengals remains that way, this time after fired line coach Paul Alexander was watching from the opposing sideline after getting hired by Dallas. Cedric Ogbuehi was at right tackle to start the second half when gave up a sack to Charlton while getting called for holding. Cincinnati running backs had just 7 yards on six carries before halftime.
NATIONAL ANTHEM
The Cowboys were standing for the national anthem in the first preseason home game, "toe on the line" as owner Jerry Jones declared they would be in his opening remarks at training camp last month. The Dallas players, with some coaches sprinkled in, were single file on the sideline, spanning about 50 yards. As usual, all the Bengals were standing.
INJURY REPORT
Bengals: Rookie CB Davontae Harris was ruled out with a knee injury in the first half. ... TE C.J. Uzomah sustained a cut to his face early in the game, but came back with a 23-yard catch in the first half.
Cowboys: S Xavier Woods left with a hamstring injury. ... Rookie RB Bo Scarbrough, a seventh-round pick out of Alabama, went to the locker room with a hip injury. ... DE Datone Jones and S Jameill Showers left with knee injuries.
UP NEXT
For "dress rehearsal" week, the Bengals will be at Buffalo and the Cowboys will be home against Arizona. Both games are next Sunday.

LA Rams spoil Raiders' return to Coliseum with 19-15 win

Sean McVay and Jon Gruden both knew they've got to coach against each other in a real game just 23 days after the Rams' preseason visit from the Raiders.
So while the Raiders' return to the Coliseum was a thrill for their faithful Southern California fan base, the Rams' young coach and his veteran role model both made sure the action on the field was as meaningless as possible.
Rookie John Kelly rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, and the Rams welcomed the Raiders back to LA with a 19-15 preseason victory over Oakland on Saturday.
Chris Warren rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders in their return to the venerable stadium that was their home for 13 seasons during their largely successful tenure in Los Angeles. Their passionate local following turned out in force, filling the 95-year-old arena with black jerseys and loud cheers.
"It was awesome being back here," Gruden said. "If you understand the Raiders, they have had a history here, a championship history here. There are still a lot of fans that remember those teams, and rightfully so."
But both teams rested nearly all of their presumptive starters and used no significant parts of their playbook, thanks in part to a weird NFL scheduling decision that forced these teams to play an exhibition three weeks before they meet in their Monday night regular-season opener in Oakland.
"I've never been in a preseason game like this," Gruden said. "This is tough, in our first training camp as a football team, to have our second (preseason game) against a team we open up with.
"I don't know in the history of the NFL if that's ever happened. I'm not going to sit up here and cry about it, because it's the same for them as it is us. But we didn't want to play our starters, and we didn't want them to hear our audibles and hand signals. I don't think they wanted us to get a feel for them either, so it was a strange ballgame."
Although both coaches revealed as little about their teams as possible, McVay still relished his first chance to face Gruden, who employed McVay as a 22-year-old assistant wide receivers coach on his final staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. McVay frequently cites Gruden and his brother, Jay, as major influences on his coaching style and mentality.
"Everybody knows what a huge amount of respect I have for Jon, and how great he's been to me over the course of my coaching career," McVay said. "(But) they were pretty regulated. Very similar in terms of the approach by both teams. Very vanilla."
The Rams' backups dominated the Raiders' reserves in the first half, taking a 13-0 lead while holding Oakland to 58 yards and one first down. Oakland trailed 16-0 before mounting a rally, but the Raiders failed on their second 2-point conversion attempt of the day following Griff Whalen's 10-yard TD catch with 9:52 to play.
"I was going to do everything humanly possible to avoid overtime today, yes," Gruden said.
Sam Ficken then hit his second field goal for the Rams with 5:46 left.
"It's definitely different, because it's not their starters out there, and you want to save stuff for later," said Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam, one of the few likely regular-season starters who played significant snaps. "You still want to do your best, though."
The Raiders' offense didn't record its second first down of the day until late in the third quarter, but Warren capped the 75-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run. The undrafted free-agent running back from Texas had 86 yards in his preseason debut against Detroit.
"It's about showing I can play in the league and make the most of my opportunities," Warren said. "I didn't expect to play as much as I did. It was nice to get some good pops in. I was able to get some yards after contact."
HOMECOMING GAME
Al Davis moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982, and their home crowds at the Coliseum quickly developed a reputation for rowdiness and occasional violence. But the Raiders also won the hearts of a generation of Los Angeles football fans with their swagger and success, including a Super Bowl title in their second season in town.
The Rams spent the 1980s in Anaheim, further opening the way for the Raiders to become Generation X's favorite team in LA.
Both franchises moved after the 1994 season, and the Rams returned home two years ago. The Raiders missed out on the chance to return to LA when the Chargers made their move last year, but the Raiders will be only about 260 miles from Los Angeles when they move to Las Vegas in 2020, making it even easier for LA's silver-and-black fans to back their team.
RAIDERS WOES
Warren was the clearest standout on a discouraging day for Oakland's offense. Gruden was blunt, calling it "flat-out embarrassing, honestly."
E.J. Manuel went 10 for 16 for 89 yards and a touchdown, but also fumbled for the second straight week. The Raiders' backup offensive line struggled to keep the Rams' pressure off Manuel and Connor Cook, who went 6 for 12.
MANNION IMPROVES
Rams backup QB Sean Mannion rebounded from a rocky preseason debut last week in Baltimore, going 10 of 16 for 84 yards while completing passes to eight receivers. Third-stringer Brandon Allen wasn't as sharp, going 6 for 11 and throwing a terrible interception in the fourth quarter to put Oakland in position for its second TD.
INJURIES
Raiders: K Eddie Pineiro didn't play because of a groin injury. ... CB Shareece Wright injured his hamstring during the game.
Rams: RB Justin Davis didn't play because of a hamstring injury, preventing him from competing with Kelly and Malcolm Brown for the backup job.
ANTHEM UPDATE
There were no apparent protests during the national anthem.
UP NEXT
Raiders: Host the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 24.
Rams: Host the Houston Texans on Aug. 25.

Jaguars beat Vikings 14-10 in defense-dominated exhibition

 Minnesota and Jacksonville had the top two defenses in the NFL last season, a major reason why the Vikings and Jaguars reached their respective conference championship games.
Two joint practices and one exhibition game produced yet more evidence of the exceptional skill and sound scheme each team has on that side of the ball.
Yannick Ngakoue had an 11-yard sack that helped Jacksonville hold Kirk Cousins and Minnesota's starting offense to three completions and three points, before the Jaguars reserves rallied for a 14-10 victory over the Vikings on Saturday.
"The defense got after them pretty good, and their defense got after us pretty good," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "That's kind of how it looked all week."
Cousins was crisp in his only series last week , but the Vikings went three-and-out on two of their four possessions with their new quarterback. Latavius Murray's second fumble, stripped by Malik Jackson and recovered by Calais Campbell, stopped another drive. Cousins finished just 3 for 8 for 12 yards.
"Frankly, I think that's what we need and maybe want at this time of year," Cousins said. "Nobody feeling comfortable."
About all the ever-demanding Zimmer was pleased with was that the Vikings didn't actually win.
"It kind of looked like we didn't practice this week, to be honest with you," he said.
Minnesota's defense was closer to midseason form, with an interception by Harrison Smith of Blake Bortles and another sure pick by Mackensie Alexander that was bobbled and dropped.
Bortles played the entire first half and went 12 for 20 for 159 yards, producing a touchdown run by Leonard Fournette on one of his seven series, the last of three possessions the Vikings starters were still in the game.
The Vikings, who led the league with the fewest yards and points allowed in 2017 while the Jaguars finished second, gave Bortles trouble during drills in practices on Wednesday and Thursday at Minnesota's suburban facility.
"We've still got some things to fix," Bortles said.
The Vikings had six sacks , two by Ifeadi Odenigbo. Mike Boone, in a stiff competition for the No. 3 running back spot, had 13 carries for 91 yards and a score .
T.J. Yeldon helped his cause to be Fournette's backup with five catches for 73 yards and 10 carries for 39 yards. With a 57-yard punt return by Rashad Greene to set up the touchdown just after the two-minute warning, Jacksonville took a late lead on a short run by Brandon Wilds.
FLAGS FLY
The Jaguars were called for 13 penalties for a whopping 140 yards, including 10 infractions in the first half. Ngakoue celebrated his sack with an incendiary hip-thrusting dance, taking one of the 15-yarders.
"Penalties cost you games," Ngakoue said. "We still were lucky enough to win today, but we've got to clean it up."
Cornerback A.J. Bouye was singled out for the NFL's new targeting rule, for lowering his helmet on a tackle attempt.
"Both of our heads were lowered," Bouye said. "I think they should offset, but I've just got to learn from it."
Vikings linebacker Antwione Williams was also flagged for unnecessary roughness, negating a sack of Cody Kessler for driving him into the turf, another point of emphasis this year for officials on the field. Zimmer initially argued, but said afterward he thought the call was correct.
ON THE LINE
Left tackle Riley Reiff was the only starter from last year suited up on Minnesota's offensive line, with guards Nick Easton (neck) and Joe Berger (retirement) gone. The new right side, Mike Remmers and Rashod Hill, was held out with ankle injuries. Center Pat Elflein is still recovering from offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries.
The Vikings failed to move the chains on all 12 of their third-down attempts.
SPARANO TRIBUTE
The wife (Jeanette), daughter (Ryan) and son (Tony Jr.) of former Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who died suddenly last month of heart disease, were honored before the game. The entire Vikings offensive line joined the family at midfield for the coin flip. Tony Sparano Jr. is the assistant offensive line coach for the Jaguars . Sparano's other son, Andy, was unable to attend. Berger blew the ceremonial Gjallarhorn kickoff.
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Last week , four Jaguars players remained in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner," cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Telvin Smith and running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon. Ramsey was not at this game, left at home like Dante Fowler for disciplinary reasons related to the fight at practice last week between Fowler and Ngakoue . Fournette and Yeldon were spotted on the sideline during the anthem, though Smith was not.
INJURY REPORT
Jaguars: Left guard Andrew Norwell, the team's premier free agent addition, was held out for the second straight game because of a calf injury, as was rookie defensive end Taven Bryan (abdomen). Center Brandon Linder (knee), strong safety Don Carey (hamstring) and left guard Chris Reed (knee) were injured during the game. Reed started for Norwell.
Vikings: Alexander, who's competing with rookie Mike Hughes to play the slot position in the nickel package, hurt his ankle on his dropped interception. Five other backups were hurt during the game: defensive end Ade Aruna (right knee), guards Josh Andrews (right ankle) and Cedrick Lang (right leg), wide receiver Jeff Badet (head) and fullback Johnny Stanton (left leg). Multiple players will be out for the season, including Lang, Zimmer said.
UP NEXT
The Jaguars host Atlanta next Saturday.
The Vikings host Seattle on Friday.

Cardinals QBs productive in 20-15 preseason win over Saints

Free-agent acquisition Sam Bradford and 10th overall draft choice Josh Rosen combined to provide a promising outlook for the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback situation.
After Bradford completed all six of his passes for 61 yards, Rosen went 10 of 16 for 107 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to rookie Christian Kirk in a 20-15 preseason victory over New Orleans on Friday night.
Rosen gave himself mixed reviews, saying he wanted some throws back, made some "procedural" mistakes and at times held the ball too long. But he sounded pleased with his scoring strike, in which he bought time with his movement in the pocket and rifled a throw to Kirk.
"I had to put it kind of high and away where it's kind of a him-or-no one ball and he managed to snag it," Rosen said. "Christian made some great plays."
Kirk, the Cardinals' second-round draft choice, finished with four receptions for 49 yards.
"It seems like he has an extra gear on game days," Bradford said of Kirk. "He's got some burst. He's got some speed and it's really nice to see that."
Bradford said Rosen "looked pretty good to me. ... He is just extremely talented."
David Johnson bowled his way into the end zone from 9 yards for the Cardinals' opening score, capping a 61-yard drive led by Bradford.
Arizona's Chad Williams caught three passes for 44 yards.
Bradford said the offense looked "pretty sharp" while he was in the game.
"There were a lot of good things that were done tonight and things that we can really build on," Bradford said.
Arizona's defense racked up four turnovers for a second straight game to go with four sacks.
Quarterback Drew Brees sat out, as he did in the Saints' preseason opener last week.
Saints coach Sean Payton said he'd play starters more in New Orleans' third exhibition, but was more concerned with evaluating players vying for roster spots this week.
"At some point, we've got to see where we're at as a team," Payton said. "There's that fine line of trying to get the work in ... trying to get the evaluation and trying to come up with what we think is the best 53 (players). That's what weighs on our minds."
The two reserves competing to back up Brees - Taysom Hill and Tom Savage - were inconsistent and had issues with ball security, combining for four fumbles, two of which resulted in turnovers by Hill.
Hill, a second-year pro who got the start, also was intercepted twice and finished 11 of 15 for 68 yards to go with 43 yards rushing, all of it coming on one long scramble.
Savage, who played most of the second half, was 6 of 7 for 53 yards, but was sacked three times.
Former Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett played the final six minutes for New Orleans, completing 3 of 5 passes for 45 yards and scrambling for a 12-yard TD.
Saints rookie receiver Tre'Quan Smith, a third-rounder, caught three passes for 60 yards.
HUMBLED HILL
Hill led several possessions across midfield, only to be done in by turnovers and another fumble that he recovered himself for a 13-yard loss, forcing New Orleans to settle for Wil Lutz's 52-yard field goal.
The Saints drove to the Arizona 30 on the opening drive before Hill's tipped pass was intercepted by linebacker Haason Reddick. Hill lost his first fumble when the ball slipped out of his hands on a first down play from the Cardinals 35.
Hill overthrew Ted Ginn on a deep pass toward the right sideline, where cornerback Bene Benwikere made a leaping interception, narrowly touching his toes inbounds.
Late in the first half, Hill completed five straight passes to move New Orleans to the Arizona 13, but fumbled on Olsen Pierre's sack. Arizona defensive end Vontarrius Dora recovered and returned it 16 yards to the Arizona 43.
"I've got to be better. It was frustrating tonight," Hill said. "There were some good things, but it's hard to attack when you have four turnovers."
TECH TALK
Two young pros out of Louisiana Tech who grew up in the Gulf South had productive nights in the Superdome, where they played as teammates in a 2015 New Orleans Bowl win.
Dora, who began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 2016, recovered two fumbles and assisted on a tackle.
Saints rookie running back and return man Boston Scott, a sixth-round draft choice, returned three kickoffs for 87 yards, had a 16-yard run among six carries for 28 yards, caught a short pass and returned a punt 13 yards.
INJURIES
Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche left with a foot injury in the first half and did not return.
Saints: Safety Rickey Jefferson had an apparent leg injury covering the kickoff at the start of the second half. On the ensuring series, cornerback Arthur Maulet limped off the field. Devaroe Lawrence was shaken up later in the third quarter and walked off on his own.
ANTHEM UPDATE
There were no apparent protests during the national anthem.
UP NEXT
The Saints play the Chargers in Los Angeles on Aug. 25.
The Cardinals visit Dallas on Aug. 26.