Jaguars OLB Travon Walker registers first interception of NFL career
You should always expect the unexpected when it comes to the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars showed resilience against the Washington Commanders in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. After being down by more than 10 points at the beginning of the third quarter, they took the lead thanks to their young group of playmakers, led by rookie outside linebacker Travon Walker. Unfortunately, the Commanders stroke back and Carson Wentz connected with rookie Jahan Dotson for 24-touchdown, which gave them a 28-22 lead.
Walker recorded the first NFL sack of his NFL career and not long after, he recorded his first interception. The turnover led to running back James Robinson’s second touchdown of the game, showing he’s 100 percent back after tearing his ACL at the end of the 2021 season.
Before Walker’s turnover, Tyson Campbell logged the Jaguars’ first interception of the game, which led to a 44-yard field goal by Riley Patterson.
Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz then connected with wide receiver Terry McLaurin for a 49-yard touchdown reception. Then went on to attempt a two-point conversion but rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd sacked Wentz, effectively putting an end to the play.
So far, Robinson has gotten 11 carries for 66 yards and one rushing touchdown. His other score was a three-yard receiving touchdown. Trevor Lawrence is 22-of-38 for 263 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Here’s Walker’s interception.
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So far, it looks like the Jags got it right when they chose Travon Walker over Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 1 pick in the draft. While he was seen as a risky selection and a developmental prospect, he’s had an impact right off the ball.
Also, it’s not shocking to see Tyson Campbell pick up where he left off in 2021. He’s proof some players need a bit more time to get acclimated to the NFL than others. He was off to a slow start and struggle early but he got better as the season progressed. He led Jacksonville with two interceptions last year and has already snagged one pick this year.
Then, there’s James Robinson. The fact that he was able to come back from such a serious injury in a relatively short amount of time goes on to show how determined and focused he was during his recovery.