NFL preseason scores, schedule, updates, news: Henne uneven in audition to start

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The biggest week of the NFL preseason kicks off on Thursday with the
Philadelphia Eagles
hosting the
Miami Dolphins
and the
Jacksonville Jaguars
hosting the
Carolina Panthers
. If you watch either game, make sure to keep your eyes on the quarterback position.

Not only will we see the preseason debut of
Cam Newton
, but we’ll also get to see
Jay Cutler
playing in his second with Miami. Plus, the ongoing drama that is the Jaguars’ quarterback situation will play out between
Blake Bortles
and
Chad Henne
.

Check back with us throughout the night for updates on all the action.

Scores and schedule

Dolphins at Eagles ()
Panthers at Jaguars ()

New England Patriots
at
Detroit Lions
, Fri., 7 p.m. ET ()

Kansas City Chiefs
at
Seattle Seahawks
, Fri., 8 p.m. ET ()

Buffalo Bills
at
Baltimore Ravens
, Sat., 7 p.m. ET  ()
Jets at
New York Giants
, Sat., 7 p.m. ET ()

Arizona Cardinals
at
Atlanta Falcons
, Sat., 7 p.m. ET ()

Indianapolis Colts
at
Pittsburgh Steelers
, Sat., 7:30 p.m. ET ()

Cleveland Browns
at
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, Sat., 7:30 p.m. ET ()

Los Angeles Chargers
at
Los Angeles Rams
, Sat., 8 p.m. ET ()

Houston Texans
at
New Orleans Saints
, Sat., 8 p.m. ET ()

Oakland Raiders
at
Dallas Cowboys
, Sat., 8 p.m. ET ()

Green Bay Packers
at
Denver Broncos
, Sat., 9 p.m. ET ()

Chicago Bears
at
Tennessee Titans
, Sun., 1 p.m. ET ()

Cincinnati Bengals
at
Washington Redskins
, Sun., 4:30 p.m. ET ()

San Francisco 49ers
at
Minnesota Vikings
, Sun., 8 p.m. ET ()

Henne has uneven audition as Jaguars starter

The ‘s regular season kicks off in exactly two weeks, which is good news for fans, but bad news for the Jaguars because they still have no idea who their starting quarterback is going to be. After watching an atrocious performance from Blake Bortles during Jacksonville’s 12-8 loss to Tampa Bay on Aug. 17, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone  and give Chad Henne a chance at winning the job.  

If Marrone was hoping that Henne would run away with the starting job during his time on the field against Carolina, that’s not what’s happened so far. Although Henne completed his first four passes, the Jags only got 14 yards total out of the completions. 

During Henne’s first possession of the night, the Jaguars actually went backwards: Jacksonville went three-and-out and lost 10 yards while doing it. 

The Jaguars’ biggest play of the first half was a 51-yard run by 
Corey Grant
 that came on a fake punt. 

If Henne and Bortles continue to look horrible, the Jaguars best bet this season might be to just run a fake punt on every down.

Henne ended up going 8 of 14 for 73 yards during the first half against Carolina, however, more than half of that total came on one throw, which you can see below. 

That’s Henne hitting
Allen Robinson
for a 37-yard gain (it was only 37, even though the tweet says 39). The pass from Henne to Robinson ended up leading to a 44-yard field goal by
Jason Myers
. Henne’s first half numbers actually could’ve been a little better, but wide receiver
Keelan Cole
dropped a pass that probably would’ve gone for about 40 yards. 

Anyway, as planned, Marrone pulled Henne at the half and let Bortles start the third quarter. 

Henne wasn’t great during his time on the field, but he wasn’t horrible either, and “not horrible” might be enough to win the Jaguars’ quarterback job right now.  

Jay Cutler makes up for lost fumble with long bomb

Jay Cutler’s night got off to an ugly start in Philadelphia, but he quickly made up for it. After losing a fumble on the Dolphins’ opening possession, Cutler to
DeVante Parker
.  

The long pass set up a two-yard touchdown run by
Jay Ajayi
that tied the game at seven. Ajayi’s run capped a five-play, 93-yard drive that probably had Dolphins’ fans drooling. 

The Dolphins’ first half has basically been feast or famine with Cutler. After his fumble, the Dolphins went three-and-out on their following possession. However, after that, the Dolphins scored a touchdown on their next three drives.

That total includes a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to tight end
Julius Thomas

That touchdown pass ended up being Cutler’s final throw of the night as Dolphins coach Adam Gase decided to pull his quarterback after just over one quarter of action. 

The upside for the Dolphins is that, for the second straight week, Cutler actually looked sharp. The former Bears quarterback completed 5 of 8 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. The downside for the Dolphins is that Cutler still has the potential to be a turnover machine. Besides losing a fumble in the first quarter, Cutler actually almost lost a second fumble in the quarter, but officials ruled the play an incomplete pass because Cutler’s arm was going forward. If Cutler can actually protect the ball, he could be exactly what the Dolphins need to get back to the playoffs. 

Oh, and if any Dolphins fan out there is wondering what life would’ve been like with
Matt Moore
as the starting quarterback. Moore threw a pick-six to Eagles linebacker
Mychal Kendricks
shortly after taking over for Cutler. 

Moore actually threw two interceptions in the game before he was mercifully pulled by Gase. The Dolphins quarterback finished his night with an ugly final stat line of 5 of 11 for 43 yards. 

Dolphins’ best play of the night 


Jakeem Grant
probably won’t be starting over DeVante Parker anytime soon, but he did make the most impressive play of the game for Miami. 

After catching a short pass from from Dolphins’ third-string quarterback
Brandon Doughty
, Grant busted through two potential tacklers and ended up outrunning everyone for a 69-yard touchdown. 

The most impressive part of that catch might have been the fact that it was the only one Grant made in the game. The third quarter touchdown tied the game up at 31. 

Wentz impresses

All eyes might have been on Jay Cutler in the Dolphins-Eagles game, but let’s not forget about
Carson Wentz
. The second-year quarterback burned the Dolphins for a long touchdown on Philadelphia’s opening drive of the game.

On a third-and-8 play from midfield, Wentz dropped back to pass and hit a wide open
Torrey Smith
for a 50-yard touchdown. And just to be clear here, when he say wide open, we mean wide open. 

The Eagles touchdown, which gave Philly a 7-0 lead, was actually set up by a Cutler mistake. The Dolphins quarterback lost a fumble after taking a hit from Philly’s
Vinny Curry

Although it was an ugly attempt at a block by Dolphins left tackle
Laremy Tunsil
, that’s a ball that Cutler just can’t be fumbling if the Dolphins are going to be good this year. 

As for Wentz, Eagles coach Doug Pederson decided to pull his starting quarterback, and it might have been because he was getting hit so often. Coaches generally let their starting quarterbacks play into the second half during Week 3 of the preseason, but Wentz was pulled after taking several hard hits during his one quarter on the field. 

Wentz didn’t play long, but he was impressive. The second-year quarterback completed 6 of 10 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Besides the 50-yarder to Smith, Wentz also connected with
Alshon Jeffery
for a 15-yard score. 

Cam Newton leads Panthers to TD during brief appearance

Five months after , Cam Newton finally returned to game action on Thursday against the Jaguars. Although Newton had been practicing throughout training camp, he sat out Carolina’s first two preseason games as a precaution.

The quarterback’s first throw of the preseason was a 12-yard completion to rookie running back
Christian McCaffrey
. That wasn’t the highlight of Newton’s night though — that came a few plays later when he found
Kelvin Benjamin
for a nine-yard touchdown. 

The completions to Benjamin and McCaffrey ended up being the only two throws that Newton would make on the night. Panthers coach Ron Rivera decided to pull his starting quarterback after watching him lead a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on Carolina’s opening possession. 

Although Rivera was planning to play most of his starters into the third quarter, that was never going to be the case with Newton. The Panthers coach had .” 

Newton ended his night 2 of 2 for 21 yards and a touchdown, and it’s very likely that the next time we’ll see him will come when the Panthers travel to San Francisco on Sept. 10 for their regular season opener.

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