Tim Tebow struggles in debut with Jets

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New York quarterback Tim Tebow completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards in his preseason debut with the Jets on Friday night.  TOM UHLMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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New York quarterback Tim Tebow completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards in his preseason debut with the Jets on Friday night.

CINCINNATI — Tim Tebow completed only four passes and threw an interception in his debut with the New York Jets on Friday night, and the Cincinnati Bengals pulled away to a 17-6 preseason win.

The Jets let their celebrated newcomer play the second quarter and most of the third. He led the Jets to a field goal and completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards with one interception, which translated to a passer rating of 18.2.

He also scrambled three times for 34 yards.

BROWNS 19, LIONS 17

In Detroit, Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi left the game with a head injury early in the game and didn’t return.

The fourth-year pro from Georgia was limited the past two seasons because of concussions.

Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden was 3 of 9 for 62 yards with an interception and a fumble.

JAGUARS 32, GIANTS 31

In Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville’s starting unit faded after a fast start. New York was the opposite, scoring on four consecutive series after being stopped on its opening drive.

BUCCANEERS 20, DOLPHINS 7

In Miami Gardens, Fla., Tampa Bay got off to a good start under new head coach Greg Schiano, scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions.

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman left the game after playing only one series, but completed 4 of 5 passes for 41 yards.

FALCONS: Rookie fullback Bradie Ewing, who suffered a knee injury in the preseason opener against Baltimore on Thursday night, is out for the season.

Ewing, a fifth-round pick, was expected to compete with Mike Cox for the starting fullback position.

CHARGERS: Running back Ryan Mathews had surgery on his broken collarbone and is expected to miss four to six weeks.


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