Week 1 in the books. The Jacksonville Jaguars took on the Washington Commanders and lost 22-28. Nobody likes to begin the season with a loss but the Jags showed encouraging signs and had a realistic chance to win at one point of the game.
Of course, it would’ve been better if Jacksonville could have sealed the deal against the Commander but they proved they’re no longer the same team they were under Urban Meyer last year. With that in mind, here are three players that stood out in Week 1.
3. Jaguars player that stood out vs. the Commanders: Travon Walker, OLB
Travon Walker’s athleticism and power were never in question coming out of college. Instead, he was seen as a raw prospect that needed to work on his pass-rush skills to make an impact in the NFL. The Jags knew this but still took him first overall in this year’s draft even though Aidan Hutchinson, a more polished pass rusher, was also available at the time.
Time will tell if general manager Trent Baalke made the right decision but the Jags should be thrilled with Walker’s outing in the season opener. Although the former Georgia Bulldog wasn’t perfect, a couple of plays he made helped tip the scale in Jacksonville’s favor.
Walker logged his first career sack in the regular season but he also snagged an interception that led to three points.
While it’s unrealistic to expect Walker to create a turnover in every game, he showed against the Commanders that the Jags won’t need to wait for him to contribute.