CJ Stroud shaky in preseason debut, throws in INT vs. Patriots

CJ Stroud wouldn't change much about stepping onto the field for the first time against an NFL opponent.

Stroud's debut was short and at times shaky.

Davis Mills threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tank Dale.

The Houston Texans defeated the New England Patriots 20-9 in the teams' preseason opener on Thursday night.

Stroud, the second overall pick from Ohio State, played the first two series.

Stroud said that "I am critical of myself."

The Patriots gave most of their projected starters the night off, including quarterback Mack Jones.

Stroud appeared to be competing with Mills to become Houston's starter.