Thursday night time soccer followers bought their first style of the sport lastly being again because the Las Vegas Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off the preseasons with the league’s annual Hall of Fame matchup.
The preseason’s curtain raiser, which was delayed by 40 minutes as a result of extreme climate, remained largely one sided with the Raiders defeating the Jaguars 27-11.
As anticipated each groups held giant quantities of projected starters and key gamers out to keep away from damage, however followers did get to see the NFL’s No. 1 total decide Travon Walker take the sphere for the primary time. Walker gave Jaguars followers at the very least one factor to cheer about on the night time after recording his first NFL sack.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie edge rusher Travon Walker wraps up Raiders QB Jarret Stidham (No. 3) en path to first NFL sack
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie edge rusher Travon Walker tackles Raiders QB Jarret Stidham to safe first NFL sack
After recording the worst document within the league final 12 months Jacksonville took the 6-foot-5, 272lb edge rusher out of the University of Georgia.
In Walker’s closing 12 months at Georgia he amassed 37 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and two go breakups. Over the span of his three years in school Walker amassed a complete of 61 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and one interception.
Despite his modest stats Walker amazed expertise evaluators with the athleticism and bodily traits he displayed on movie. Walker solidified these ideas when he posted a number of spectacular numbers on the NFL mix together with operating a 4.51 40-yard sprint, 35.5 inch vertical soar, and 6.89 3-drill.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie edge rusher Walker rushes the road of scrimmage throughout Hall of Fame Game Thursday night time
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie edge rusher Walker lifts helmet to take water break throughout coaching camp earlier this week
Jacksonville will hope Walker and the remainder of their offseason additions will assist keep away from extra disastrous outings like this one and one other season spent because the leagues finest losers.
Along with a loaded draft class and a bevy of cash spent in free company, most notably the four-year $72million contract given to vast receiver Christian Kirk, the Jaguars additionally employed Doug Pederson to be the group’s head coach.
Pederson famously led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in 2018 and was fired from the group following the 2020 season. Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell, a second spherical decide in 2021 was additionally injured throughout the recreation and exited the competition throughout the first quarter.
Number one decide Walker talks to press throughout Jaguars coaching camp at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Florida
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence and operating again Travis Etienne Jr. and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and vast receiver Davante Adams sat out nonetheless Lawrence did converse to reporters on the sideline throughout the recreation.
‘I’m simply wanting ahead to creating performs everywhere in the discipline,’ mentioned Lawrence. ‘We bought a bunch of men which can be like I mentioned earlier than playmakers, plenty of velocity, but in addition actually good… I’m excited for that, I’m excited for this new journey.’
This season’s NFL journey however began off with Raiders backup operating again Ameer Abdullah scoring the primary landing of each the sport and the preseason. Abdullah’s landing celebration nonetheless gave the impression to be in midseason type as he did not maintain again with a profitable karate kick.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence talks to coaches and teammates on the sideline throughout Hall of Fame Game
Raiders RB Ameer Abdullah scored the primary landing of Thursday’s Hall of Fame recreation on an eight yard run in first quarter
Las Vegas Raider quarterback Derek Carr additionally didn’t play in Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game with the intention to defend him from damage
Aside from the on discipline motion followers had been capable of see this 12 months’s NFL Hall of Fame class launched earlier than they stroll the stage for the Enshrinement Ceremony. This 12 months’s class consists of Tony Boselli, vast receiver Cliff Branch, security LeRoy Butler, linebacker Sam Mills, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and defensive lineman Bryant Young.
Seymour, who can be the youngest member of the category is the identify most youthful followers will bear in mind having most lately performed in 2012 for the then Oakland Raiders. During his profession Seymour gained three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots amongst a bevy of different accolades.
Dick Vermeil is the one member of the category to have served as a coach having served as the top coach for the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs all through a protracted profession that additionally included success within the school recreation with UCLA.
The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, September 8 when the Buffalo Bills face the LA Rams.
Richard Seymour is honored earlier than the NFL Hall of Fame Game Thursday night forward of Saturday’s HOF enshrinement
Former NFL coach Dick Vermeil is introduced to the gang forward of being enshrined into HOF this weekend