The Jacksonville Jaguars will face off against the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall-of-Fame game Thursday and Jake Luton will get the starting nod. This will be the first time the former Oregon State Beaver has started an NFL game in a while.
Head coach Doug Pederson told the local media Tuesday that Trevor Lawrence and C.J. Beathard won’t suit up Thursday and also announced that Luton will get the starting nod. Regarding the opportunity to showcase his talent, Luton said that he wants to “go out there and execute“.
I think this camp, we’ve done a lot of good things and we’ll go out there and put our best foot forward. I want to move the ball around, get the ball on my guys’ hands, and help the offense be in the position we can to execute. Go out and score points, that’s the bottom line, execution.
Luton went on to say that Pederson has been an excellent coach and loves playing for him. Moreover, the signal-caller says he loves the Jaguars’ quarterback room and missed Lawrence and Beathard when he left, “we’re rooting for each other. We’re all pushing each other to be the best we can be”.
Jake Luton will be competing for a roster spot with the Jaguars
The HOF game will be one of the few chances Luton will have to make a positive impression on the coaching staff. Of course, the Jaguars’ brass has been watching him practice but a solid performance against the Raiders will boost his case for a roster spot in 2022.
A sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft, Luton started three games for the Jaguars in his rookie campaign. He was waived before the start of the 2021 season and spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins before returning to Jacksonville.
Earlier this year, it looked like Luton was going to be locked in a battle with undrafted free agent E.J Perry for the third quarterback spot but Perry was released and the newly acquired Kyle Sloter hasn’t impressed in training camp.
It’s currently unknown if the Jags will carry two or three quarterbacks into the regular season but having a good outing against Las Vegas will increase Luton’s chances of sticking around. But even if he’s released other teams might come in calling if he puts together some good tape.