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Postgame analysis: Jags start preseason with a 27-11 loss to Raiders

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If there’s one thing fans learned about the Jacksonville Jaguars during their 2022 preseason debut, it’s that there’s a lot of work to be done. Simply put, the team was unable to actively attack, resulting in them being defeated by the Las Vegas Raiders 27-11.

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As the 2022 Hall of Fame game serves as an additional preseason game, the Jags sat more than 20 players and that put them in a situation where they were especially without their best hitters. This was reflected in the team’s inability to score in the first half as Las Vegas led 20-0 at halftime.

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However, this game was a game for young Jags players. That didn’t mean rookies were completely excluded, as the Jags are about to start a handful of players under 25. One of them is center Luke Fortner, who played a lot and had some good moments in the process.

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On the defensive side, quarterback Jarrett Stidham played against a team that even briefly sidelined some starting players. The young quarterback moved the ball well enough to come out of the first two quarters with 20 points, using the likes of running backs Josh Jacobs, Amir Abdullah and Zamir White. Of the three, White had the most rushes, finishing the game with 11 carries for 52 yards.

However, White was not the only Georgia Bulldog to appear in the first half. No. 1 pick and Jags OLB Travon Walker was all over the field and started the game with a rep where he pressured Stidham after Brandon Parker’s fast offensive tackle. Unfortunately, Walker accidentally touched Stidham’s head and was penalized on the first offensive snap of the game. In the next series Walker fired Stidham and demonstrated why he was the first player to be selected from the draft board in April.

Early in the second half, the Jags’ defensive team played better, holding the Raiders to a quarter-0 to start it. But, unfortunately, the offense, led by quarterback Kyle Slaughter in the process, was only able to earn three points.

On the throw, they were able to score, the player who led them along the way was running back Mekhi Sargent, who touched the ball five times on that throw. Overall, he finished the game with five carries for 22 yards and five receptions for 37 yards.

Sargent entered Thursday’s game as a relatively unknown player, but by showing his versatility, he increased his chances of making the lineup. He may still have to take on Rykell Armstead for the RB4 role, but another performance like the one he showed on Thursday could give him the race lead and it will be interesting to see if he can capitalize on the momentum.

Then, finally, at the end of the fourth quarter, Slaughter was finally able to throw a touchdown pass to take the score to its final state of 27-11. That pass went to running back Nathan Cottrell, who ended a nine-game drive that was the Jaguars’ penultimate. In this particular drive, wide receiver Willie Johnson made several successful plays while earning just two late-night passes. He also ran for eight yards on a jet sweep and finished the night with 41 receiving yards.

All in all, it was not just a night when the team could do little in attack, but also one where they had a lot of mistakes, such as decisive penalties. For example, in the second half, Johnson returned a punt for a touchdown, but he returned due to a holding call from defenseman Ayo Oyelola.

However, Jags coach Doug Pederson said the team will work to fix the mistakes they made on Thursday as they move forward. He also said he’ll play more starters next week, as their game against Cleveland on Aug. 12 will be four days after the first wave of cuts in training camp.

The story originally appeared on Jaguars Wire.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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