Rookie wide receiver Parker Washington had been mostly quiet throughout the preseason but he changed that when quarterback C.J. Beathard found him on a 15-yard touchdown pass to give the Jacksonville Jaguars a 12-0 lead over the Detroit Lions.
In what had been mostly an unremarkable game, Washington gave the Jags a lead just before halftime. Before his touchdown, Jacksonville has limited to two field goals and the biggest play had been wide receiver Tim Jones' 48-yard touchdown grab.
Washington's touchdown's gives the offense a much needed spark that will hopefully carry over into the second half. Here's the play in case you missed it or want to watch it again.
Throughout most of the week, it was uncertain which approach the Jags in regard to playing time. In the end, they announced just before the game that they were resting their starters, so C.J. Beathard got the nod behind center. After the first half, he's 12-of-20 for 137 yards with one touchdown and one interception. You could make the case that his completing percentage rate would be higher if he had better protection throughout the game, which he hasn't gotten.
Besides Washington's 15-yard touchdown and Jones' 48-yard grab, Jacob Harris also hauled in one receptions for 23 yards. On top of that, rookie running back Tank Bigsby has had no trouble toting the rock throughout the game, racking up 70 yards on 13 carries. While there's plenty of time left to keep tallying yards, he'll probably pave the way to D'Ernest Johnson, Qadree Ollison and Snoop Conner.
Jaguars WR Parker Washington is trying to build on a productive offseason
Washington, a sixth-round pick in this year's draft out of Penn State, made a strong impression in training camp. Also, he got praise from receivers coach Chad Hall, who complimented his ability to create yards and his skill set.
Right now, the top four spots on the Jaguars' receiver depth chart are earmarked for Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, Christian Kirk, and Jamal Agnew. That makes it hard to tell from an outside perspective who will also make the cut. Washington's touchdown will certainly help him but Seth Williams, Elijah Cooks, and Jacob Harris have also made plays throughout the offseason.
Washington might have a slight edge over Cooks by virtue of being a draft pick but he'll need to make plays if he doesn't want to be on the outside looking in when the Jaguars trim down their roster to 53-man players.