The 2022 NFL preseason has finally started and it was with the Jacksonville Jaguars taking on the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall of Fame Game. Now while most of the starters didn’t participate for both teams, it still provided a great look at some of the rookie players and other players who are fighting for a larger role this upcoming season. From the game, these are the players that stood out for both teams.
Las Vegas Raiders:
Josh Jacobs- Yes, the starting running back Josh Jacobs. With the Raiders declining his fifth-year option there is obviously something they wanted Jacobs to prove. He did exactly that not only showing off his rushing ability but also helping out in the receiving aspect as well. On the ground, he ended up with 30 yards over five attempts. Through the air, he had two receptions for 14 yards.
Darius Phillips- It will be difficult for Phillips to earn the starting role with Anthony Averett, Trayvon Mullen, Nate Hobbs, and Rock Ya-Sin ahead on the depth chart. But, if he continues to show how well he fits in this Raiders defensive scheme as he did in this first preseason game he could see a decent amount of playing time in the regular season. In addition to the forced fumble, Phillips finished with four total tackles
Zamir White- The running backs were on full display as rookie Zamir White made a good impression as well. His elusiveness allowed him to break off multiple long runs. The holes the Raiders offensive line made combined with White’s vision added to this as well. In addition, like Jacobs, White’s ability to catch passes out of the backfield was used multiple times. White had 11 attempts for 52 yards on the ground while hauling in two receptions for 27 yards. This ability to be a three-down back should help him increase his playing time in 2022.
Zamir White flashes some moves 👀
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Jarrett Stidham- When it comes to the backup quarterback position Jarrett Stidham looked the part in this game. Over his eight completions, he ended up throwing for 96 yards and even ran it in himself for a touchdown. He led the team down the field multiple times to score and showed the confidence that you want in your backup quarterback to lead the team when needed.
Travon Walker- The first overall pick got pressure on Stidham on the first play but also received a flag for roughing the passer. Then when there were six minutes to go in the first quarter Walker got his first professional sack. Walker finished the night with a 22.2% pressure rate according to Pro Football Focus. He showcased the athletic upside and power that the Jaguars saw to take him first overall. Walker also showed more hand activity and if he can continue to refine his pass rush moves he could really develop into a great defensive lineman.
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Luke Farrell- When it came to receiving, Luke Farrell made up most of the production. With how the Jaguars look to get the tight ends heavily involved this year combined with the flashes he showed in the game could lead to an increase in playing time that he sees. Farrell led the team in receiving yards with 43 over only three receptions.
Arden Key- Even coming off a 6.5 sack, 36 quarterback pressure season with the San Francisco 49ers, the Jaguars signing Key in free agency went a bit overlooked. The versatility he brings to the defense will be a key as he can line up both on the edge and the inside. He went on to have a team-high two sacks in the game along with two tackles and two pressures. On a rotational pass-rushing basis lined up alongside either Travon Walker or Josh Allen, his impact will be regularly felt.
Snoop Conner- After being drafted in the fifth round of the draft, Conner has worked his way up the Raiders’ depth chart and the Hall of Fame game showed why. In the first quarter of the game, he played on every snap and was used throughout all three downs. Conner ended up with four rushing attempts where he ran for 10 yards, and had one reception for six yards. He would even be used as a returner on special teams returning a kick for 20 yards. While he is still behind Travis Etienne and James Robinson on the depth chart, he started the preseason off decently showing he can be relied on when his number is called.