The excitement of NFL football returns this Thursday with the traditional Hall of Fame game that kicks off the preseason.
The Raiders will face the Jaguars in the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium from Canton, Ohio, in a duel that beyond playing at a semi-slow pace, will mark the presentation of Doug Pederson at the head of Jacksonville and Josh McDaniels with the Vegas team.
After almost six months of inactivity, the ovoid will fly again on the gridirons. Raiders and Jaguars They will give the starting signal.
It will be from Thursday August 11however, that the preparation of the remaining 30 teams be launched, which will have three games to adjust details for week 1.
After his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he even won a championship, Doug Pederson faces a new challenge in his career. The head coach arrives with the task of bringing order to a franchise that has not found its way.
After the failed passage of Urban MeyerIn Florida, there is hope that a coach like Pederson will consolidate the project that has quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the top figure.
For this game, Pederson has already declared that he will not have the presence of the second-year quarterback, so the offense will fall to Jake Luton.
It’s a normal thing, the starting players are usually booked during the first game and only see minutes as the game goes on. preseason. That doesn’t mean, however, that the head coach isn’t keeping an eye on players who might fill out the final roster.
On offense, the runner will not be either Travis Etienne, who missed all of 2021 with injury. In any case, it is a fact that throughout the season he will be an important man, in the company of James Robinson. For this campaign the Jaguars will have important receivers like Marvin Jones, Zay Jones and the newcomer Christian Kirkthey are expected to have no snaps either.
On the Raiders, expectations are also high. Josh McDaniels will seek to bring to fruition his project with the Las Vegas franchise. It is not the first time that the former Patriots offensive coordinator is in charge of a team, he already did it with Denver a few years ago, but the experiment did not work. Much more mature, the head coach knows that he is facing a golden opportunity.
Just as in the Jaguars, beyond the illusion of the fans, it is not expected that Derek Carr has participation, neither does the recipient Dave Adams, recently arrived from the Packers and who became one of the bombs of the offseason, along with Chandler Jones, in the defensive sector. The Raiders will have a powerful offense in which men like Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow will shine. As well as Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake in the running game.
McDaniels will look to use the preseason to put in place the mechanics that made New England’s offense one of the most fearsome in the league. It will also begin to be defined who will be Carr’s replacement. For now, Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens look like the main options.
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The action is back on the gridiron! NFL preseason kicks off