Rookies and veteran quarterbacks shine at new teams

Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:34am EDT
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(Reuters) - The National Football League's opening week has been a strong one for debut quarterbacks as rookies and veterans alike earned passing grades with their new teams.

Suspended signal-caller Tom Brady casts a large shadow for New England, but first-time starter Jimmy Garoppolo filled in nicely to guide the Patriots to a 23-21 victory against Arizona on Sunday night.

Garoppolo threw for 264 yards, had one touchdown pass and no interceptions to continue the league-wide trend of new leading passers achieving early success.

Carson Wentz, the second overall pick of the 2016 draft for Philadelphia, made a favorable first impression in a 29-10 home triumph over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Wentz set the tone on the opening drive of the game when he took the Eagles 75 yards down field and capped the march with a perfectly lobbed 19-yard touchdown pass over the shoulder of wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

"It was huge," Wentz said of the play.

"Going down and moving the ball and getting that play right away, right off the bat, was huge for my confidence, huge for this team's confidence.

"I know the people here (in Philadelphia) were rocking.

"It was a great way to start the year."   Continued...

Sep 11, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during a break in action against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.The Philadelphia Eagles won 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports