Rookie Thompson-Robinson Sparks Browns' Electrifying Preseason Win
In a thrilling preseason opener, rookie sensation Dorian Thompson-Robinson showcased his prowess on the field for the Cleveland Browns. The young quarterback's debut was nothing short of remarkable as he orchestrated a game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, contributing to the Browns' 21-16 victory over the New York Jets. The Hall of Fame Game, held in Canton, Ohio, was the perfect stage for this electrifying matchup.
Although the anticipation was palpable among Jets fans to witness Aaron Rodgers' inaugural appearance for the team, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback remained absent from the action. In Rodgers' stead, Zach Wilson assumed the quarterback role with confidence, impressing onlookers during his three series. Wilson's performance saw him complete 3 of 5 passes for a total of 65 yards, highlighted by a remarkable 57-yard connection with wide receiver Malik Taylor.
However, it was Thompson-Robinson who truly stole the spotlight in his maiden NFL performance. The rookie quarterback exhibited a remarkable level of precision, connecting on 8 of 11 passes. Notably, Thompson-Robinson's pinpoint accuracy led to a pivotal 22-yard touchdown pass to Austin Watkins Jr. With a mere 9 minutes and 33 seconds remaining in the game, this touchdown solidified the Browns' triumphant comeback. Thompson-Robinson's versatility was also on display, as he showcased his mobility by rushing six times, amassing an impressive 36 yards on the ground.
Adding to the Browns' offensive showcase was Kellen Mond, who contributed to the team's resurgence with a 3-yard touchdown pass to John Kelly Jr. During the second quarter, this crucial touchdown narrowed the gap on the scoreboard, countering the Jets' early lead of 13-0. Demetric Felton Jr. further bolstered the Browns' rushing game, leading the team with an impressive 46 yards gained on the ground.
On the Jets' side, Israel Abanikanda emerged as a notable performer, racking up 27 rushing yards, including an impactful 10-yard touchdown run during the second quarter. Meanwhile, Greg Zuerlein's accurate field goal kicking was evident as he successfully converted field goals from distances of 54, 44, and 53 yards.
In this captivating contest that marked the commencement of the preseason, Dorian Thompson-Robinson's standout debut and the collective efforts of both teams painted an exhilarating picture of the potential that lies ahead in the NFL season.