The NFL is back and the Jacksonville Jaguars are at last taking on the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall-of-Fame game after a weather delay. Although Trevor Lawrence and many of the starters for both teams won’t be suiting up, there have been a few things worth watching, including rookie outside linebacker Travon Walker’s first preseason sack.
In the very first play, Walker pushed back Raiders offensive tackle Brandon Parker. Even though he was penalized for roughing the passer, his power was on full display. Later in the game, the former Georgia Bulldog recorded his first sack in the NFL. Here’s a video in case you want to take a look at it, via Demetrius Harvey of Big Cat Country.
Not to be outdone, defensive end Arden Key got a sack right after Walker’s against his former team. A third-round pick by Las Vegas in 2019, he signed a one-year deal worth $6 million in free agency. The former LSU Tiger had only three sacks in his first three NFL seasons, but he logged 6.5 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers last year.
Not everything is going well for the Jaguars vs. the Raiders
As of this writing, the Jags are losing 13-0 with less than 10 minutes left in the first half. They gave up an 8-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Although this game won’t count in the standings, it will allow players to make a positive impression and also show the coaching staff the areas they need to work on, including their run defense.
The Jags made several additions to their defense this offseason and have made several important stops but they also allowed a 14-yard run by Zamir White and a 17-yarder by Josh Jacobs. On offense, Jake Luton is 3-of-6 for 26 yards early in the second quarter.
On a side note, sophomore cornerback Tyson Campbell got hurt at some point in the first quarter but he is seemingly fine now. Make sure you check the Black and Teal for more updates. Go Jags!