Aug 4, 2022; Canton, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Ameer Abdullah (22) runs for a touchdown against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (50) in the second quarter in the Hall of Fame game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders ease past Jaguars in Hall of Fame Game

Jarrett Stidham and Ameer Abdullah rushed for second-quarter touchdowns Thursday night as the Las Vegas Raiders cruised to a 27-11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Daniel Carlson booted first-quarter field goals of 32 and 55 yards for Las Vegas, which dominated the first half against a Jacksonville team starting over under new coach Doug Pederson.

Neither team’s starting quarterback saw the field except for warmups — Trevor Lawrence for the Jaguars, Derek Carr for the Raiders — but Las Vegas was certainly crisper and sharper during the brief time the teams played most of their projected starters.

Stidham and Nick Mullens took the snaps during the first three quarters for the Raiders. Stidham was 8 of 15 for 96 yards, while Mullins hit on 8 of 11 attempts for 72 yards. Las Vegas’ Zamir White rushed for a game-high 52 yards on 11 carries.

Jacksonville’s Jake Luton played the first half and completed 10 of 17 passes for 94 yards. Kyle Sloter went 13 for 25 for 127 yards after halftime, leading the Jaguars to their only points, a 46-yard field goal by Elliott Fry late in the third quarter and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Cottrell with 3:26 remaining in the game.

The Raiders tacked on a fourth-quarter touchdown when Austin Walter scored on an 8-yard run with 7:53 left.

The game started 40 minutes late because of thunderstorms.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) works out during day 7 of the Jaguars Training Camp Sunday, July 31, 2022 at the Knight Sports Complex at Episcopal School of Jacksonville. Today marked the first practice in full pads.

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Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence to sit out Hall of Fame game

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence heads to the Hall of Fame game as more of a coach than player on Thursday.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Lawrence is not playing in the preseason kickoff showcase in Canton, Ohio, even with No. 2 quarterback C.J Beathard limited by a groin injury.

Jake Luton will start and go well into the game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

“Trevor’s been getting a lot of great looks here in practice,” Pederson said.

Lawrence, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has taken quickly to a new system that requires pre-snap adjustments and constant motion from backs and receivers.

“Like every offense, there’s little things that you just learn and deeper and deeper every time you go through – nuances based on certain coverages, certain checks,” Lawrence said. “You get to the point where it all opens up. And it’s like, ‘OK, this is also something you could check to, if you don’t like this look, and you see you have a matchup here,’ and then it goes off of that. It’s always evolving.

Pederson said Lawrence is in a “good spot” with more than a month to prepare for the NFL regular-season opener against the Washington Commanders.

Beathard’s status could be updated, but he’s not expected to play, Pederson said. Running back Travis Etienne (illness) is also out.

–Field Level Media

Quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy talks with Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks Jake Luton (6), Kyle Sloter (4) , Trevor Lawrence (16) and  C.J. Beathard (3) during drills at Monday morning's training camp session. The Jacksonville Jaguars held their first day of training camp Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Episcopal High School Knight Campus practice fields on Atlantic Blvd.

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Going Camping: Jacksonville Jaguars

The disastrous Urban Meyer tenure is over, and the Jacksonville Jaguars can set their sights on a turnaround under new coach Doug Pederson.

As a former Super Bowl-winning coach and an NFL lifer, Pederson immediately commands the respect in the locker room that his predecessor never could. He’ll get everyone on the same page as the Jaguars march toward the regular season.

Training camp location: Jacksonville, Florida
Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Rookie report date: July 24
Veteran report date: July 24

Key acquisitions: WR Christian Kirk, G Brandon Scherff, TE Evan Engram, LB Foyesade Oluokun, CB Darious Williams, DT Foley Fatukasi, WR Zay Jones
Key losses: LB Myles Jack, G Andrew Norwell, WR DJ Chark, G A.J. Cann, LB Damien Wilson

The Jaguars clearly weren’t happy with a roster that produced a league-low three wins in 2021, as their front office was extremely active this offseason. Many of the new additions, while they represent upgrades at their individual positions, also come at great cost in overall money and length of contract. Christian Kirk in particular opened a lot of eyes with his four-year, $72 million deal, but he also provides an explosive weapon on the outside that Trevor Lawrence just didn’t have a year ago. It’s a similar story across the roster, as the front office opened the checkbook in a big way. How much return will they get for their investment? That remains to be seen.

In the draft, the Jaguars added Georgia standout end Travon Walker with the No. 1 overall pick, and then provided him some help with linebackers Devin Lloyd and Chad Muma with two of their next three picks. Jacksonville may not be ready to contend anytime soon, but the team is much better than it was seven months ago, and that represents a major win already.

–WEEK 1 IN FOCUS:
Jaguars at Commanders, 1 p.m. ET
Line: Commanders -4 (FanDuel)
Total: 44.5 points

The Jaguars trail the overall series with the Commanders 6-1, though the teams haven’t faced off since a 16-13 Washington win in Dec. 2018. The interesting quirk in this game is that Carson Wentz now quarterbacks the Commanders. The Jaguars split against the Wentz-led Colts last year, losing 23-17 on Nov. 14 before rebounding to take the season finale 26-11 on Jan. 9.

–TREVOR UPPER
Fan Dual lists the over/under for Trevor Lawrence passing yards this fall at 3,800.5, a number Lawrence would need only 160 additional passing yards over his ‘21 total (3,641) to beat. With additional weapons like Kirk and returning RB Travis Etienne at his disposal, a bump over his rookie performance looks reasonably probable.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) is looked at by trainers and personnel while participating in an organized team activity Monday, June 6, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

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Report: Jags QB C.J. Beathard (groin) won’t need surgery

Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback C.J. Beathard does not need surgery for his groin injury, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Beathard remained down on the ground for several minutes before being carted off during Monday’s voluntary organized team activities.

NFL Network said the results of an MRI revealed the injury is not “overly serious” as initially feared.

Second-year player Trevor Lawrence is embedded as the starter, but Beathard is expected to be the Jaguars’ No. 2 in 2022. Behind him on the roster are Jake Luton, who started three games in 2020 for the Jaguars, and EJ Perry, an undrafted free agent from Brown.

Beathard, 28, signed a two-year deal before the 2021 season with the Jaguars. Last season, he completed both of his pass attempts for 33 yards.

A third-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2017, he started 12 games over three seasons with the 49ers, posting a 2-10 record. In his career, he has completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) warms up before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars QB C.J. Beathard carted off practice field

Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback C.J. Beathard was carted off the field following an unspecified injury sustained during voluntary organized team activities on Monday.

Multiple reporters on site reported the injury and said Beathard was on the field for several minutes before the cart was summoned.

Second-year player Trevor Lawrence is embedded as the starter, but Beathard was expected to be the Jaguars’ No. 2 in 2022. Behind him on the roster are Jake Luton, who started three games in 2020 for the Jaguars, and EJ Perry, an undrafted free agent from Brown.

Beathard, 28, signed a two-year deal before the 2021 season with the Jaguars. Last season, he completed both of his pass attempts for 33 yards.

A third-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2017, he started 12 games over three seasons with the 49ers, posting a 2-10 record. In his career, he has completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne (1) fakes taking a handoff from Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during first quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Cleveland Browns for their only home preseason game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida Saturday night, August 14, 2021. The Browns led at the half 13 to 0.  [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars RB Travis Etienne (foot) cleared for OTAs

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne has been cleared for all practice activities and will take part in offseason workouts that start Monday, coach Doug Pederson said.

Etienne missed the entire 2021 season.

Etienne suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot during the second quarter of a 23-21 preseason loss at New Orleans on Aug. 23 and had surgery in September. He landed on injured reserve, ending his rookie season.

Etienne, 23, was selected by the Jaguars with the 25th overall pick in the 2021 draft after they took his college teammate, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, with the No. 1 pick.

Etienne is the all-time leading rusher in Atlantic Coast Conference history after running for 4,952 yards in four seasons (55 games) at Clemson.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Detailed view of a Jacksonville Jaguars football helmet against the Denver Broncos at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars tab Ethan Waugh as assistant general manager

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday hired former San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Ethan Waugh as their assistant general manager.

The move reunites Waugh with Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke. The pair worked together for 12 seasons (2005-16) with the 49ers.

“We are excited to add Ethan to our organization,” Baalke said in a statement. “Strengthening the personnel department was a priority this offseason and we are thrilled to make this addition to the team. I enjoyed working alongside Ethan in San Francisco for over a decade, and I know he will work tirelessly to help build a winning organization here in Jacksonville.”

Waugh served as the 49ers’ senior personnel assistant (2012-14) and senior player personnel coordinator (2015-17) during Baalke’s tenure as San Francisco’s general manager. Waugh began his career with the 49ers as a personnel assistant (2004-08) before being promoted to the team’s Midwest regional scout from 2008-11.

–Field Level Media

The scoreboard welcomes Jacksonville Jaguars first round draft pick Travon Walker after a press conference Friday, April 29, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. Walker, a defensive lineman from the University of Georgia, was the overall No. 1 pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

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Jaguars sign No. 1 pick Travon Walker

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Travon Walker signed a four-year contract Thursday worth $37,372,621 fully guaranteed.

The deal for the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft is predetermined by the league’s slotting system and includes a $24,360,088 signing bonus and a fifth-year team option.

Walker went one spot ahead of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who signed with the Detroit Lions earlier this month.

“As we looked and really put our plan together for the draft, you know, defense was an area we felt we could shore up and obviously Travon Walker — and of course Aidan was there as well,” Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said. “Both guys are high-character guys, great athletes, and Travon we felt was a better fit for us, you know, here in Jacksonville.”

The 6-foot-5, 272-pound Walker is a freakish athlete who timed in 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo (4) kicks the ball in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: K Josh Lambo sues Jaguars over Urban Meyer’s work environment

Former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is suing the Jacksonville Jaguars, alleging that disgraced coach Urban Meyer created a hostile work environment that contributed to Lambo’s on-field performance suffering, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Lambo alleged that Meyer kicked him and swore at him while he was working out last August before the Jaguars’ preseason finale. Lambo’s accusation becoming public in December was the final straw for Meyer, as Jacksonville fired him the same day, 13 games into his first season with the team.

“I’m in a lunge position. Left leg forward, right leg back,” Lambo told the Tampa Bay Times. “… Urban Meyer, while I’m in that stretch position, comes up to me and says, ‘Hey Dips–t, make your f–king kicks!’ And kicks me in the leg.”

Now Lambo is seeking his $3.5 million salary for 2021, with interest, plus damages for emotional distress.

Lambo’s lawsuit claims that he reported the incident to the Jaguars’ legal counsel via his agent. He was released from the team in October, which Lambo claims violated a Florida law protecting whistleblowers in the private sector.

The Jaguars told the Tampa Bay Times that their legal counsel offered to meet with Lambo over the incident, but Lambo said that wasn’t true.

Currently a free agent, Lambo played in 78 games across seven NFL seasons with the then-San Diego Chargers (2015-16) and Jaguars (2017-21). His career mark of 87.1 percent on field goal attempts ranks sixth in league history.

Meyer has not caught on with another NFL or college team since his ouster from Jacksonville. Reports late last month said that he was deep in negotiations to return to a broadcasting role with Fox.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Travon Walker (44) reacts with linebacker Nolan Smith (4) after a sack against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jaguars select Georgia DE Travon Walker No. 1 overall in NFL draft

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Walker had six sacks last season while helping Georgia win the national championship. He had 9.5 sacks in 36 career games over three seasons.

Walker started all 15 games last season after not previously making a single start.

He is the first Georgia player to go No. 1 overall since the Detroit Lions selected quarterback Matthew Stafford in 2009.

Walker was clocked in 4.51 seconds over 40 yards.

It was the second straight year in which the Jaguars held the No. 1 overall pick. They chose quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Clemson last year.

–Field Level Media