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Browns rookie makes good 1st impression

In his NFL pre-season debut, Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo played into the third quarter and never stopped attacking the St. Louis Rams.

"He was impressive last night," Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday. "It seemed like he was around the quarterback a lot. Played hard, did a really nice job on special teams as well. So he showed up well."

Mingo showed glimpses of the talent the Browns saw in him when they drafted him sixth overall in April, helping his new team triumph 27-19 on Thursday night.

"He has a knack for getting after the quarterback," inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said after the game. "He showed a tremendous amount of conditioning. For your first game, it usually jumps up on you. Everyone remembers that first pre-season game. You take a couple deep breaths and you're like, 'OK, this is the real deal.' But I watched him every play. He's got a knack for getting after that quarterback. He has a motor, and you can't teach that. With that attitude, if he continues to grow off that, he could be pretty good in this league."

The highlight reel started on the Browns' first kickoff. It was also the first play in which Mingo stepped onto an NFL field for live action against an opponent.

"I really just blacked out and just try to zone in on what I had to do and how I could help the team," Mingo said. "Just make plays. First one was a kickoff return. Just tried not to let my guy make the play. He didn't."

The 6-foot-4 Mingo, who weighs about 240 pounds, raced down the field and smashed into Rams returner Isaiah Pead for a tackle at St. Louis' 14-yard line.

"You've got to use your speed to beat those blockers and just get down there and make plays," Mingo said. "Speed kills."

Mingo is off to a good start, but he's not satisfied.

"Everything wasn't perfect," he said. "Every play wasn't perfect. There were some busted assignments, and I've got work to do."

Pre-season highlights

Lions 26, Jets 17: Mark Sanchez had an interception returned for a touchdown, and Geno Smith left with an apparent ankle injury in the Jets' 26-17 loss to Detroit.

Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah made an immediate impression, intercepting Sanchez's pass and returning it 14 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Ghana put his hands up just in time to pick off Sanchez's screen pass in the first quarter. He had an easy return to the end zone for the game's first TD.

Sanchez played three series, going 10-for-13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Smith was 6-for-7 for 47 yards but left shortly after halftime.

Patriots 31, Eagles 22: Tom Brady led New England to a pair of 80-yard TD drives in his only two series.

Michael Vick threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson, but the new-look Eagles kicked off the Chip Kelly era the same way they ended Andy Reid's long tenure — with another loss.

Dolphins 27, Jaguars 3: Ryan Tannehill connected with Dustin Keller for a 22-yard TD, and Miami Dolphins thumped host Jacksonville.

Tannehill completed five of nine passes for 75 yards. He connected with Keller for a 24-yard gain and then found the former Jets tight end five plays later for a score.

Cardinals 17, Packers 0.: Stepfan Taylor rushed for 63 yards on 21 carries in his rookie debut, and Arizona picked apart Green Bay on both sides of the ball. Tyrann Mathieu had a sack in his first game in two years, and also returned two punts for Arizona.

Aaron Rodgers connected with James Jones on a 50-yard gain in his only series. Former UK star Randall Cobb (biceps injury) did not play.

Texans 27, Vikings 13: Rookie DeAndre Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass for Houston. Vikings rookie wideout Cordarrelle Patterson caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards.

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