Travon Walker ‘did some actually good issues’ in HOF recreation

The Jacksonville Jaguars sat a bunch of starters in Thursday’s 27-11 Corridor of Fame Recreation loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, however No. 1 general choose Travon Walker suited up and regarded the half in his temporary motion.

“Man, I believed he did some actually good issues,” coach Doug Pederson mentioned after the sport. “There was some early, good, fast move rushes in there. He was very disruptive. Confirmed his size, his athleticism, his energy. He will be enjoyable to observe, I feel, all season.”

The 6-foot-5 Georgia product displayed his energy and skill to win on the sting proper off the bat. On the primary play from scrimmage, Walker bull-rushed Raiders offensive deal with Brandon Parker — who’s vying for a beginning spot — and hit quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Walker was flagged on the play, but it surely was an indication that the sting rusher may cause havoc.

“I feel there’s timing points,” Pederson mentioned of the penalty. “Of quarterbacks, hitting quarterbacks and when you possibly can hit quarterbacks and all this sort of stuff. It is simply gonna come from simply watching it and studying from it. That is one thing, you by no means attempt to decelerate his athleticism, energy, that means. However he’ll study from it and be higher.”

Later, Walker sealed the sting and received off a block as Stidham stepped up within the pocket to file his first preseason sack — one of many Jags’ 5 QB takedowns on the evening.

I hadn’t hit an opponent shortly,” Walker mentioned. “It was positively an thrilling feeling. It was my first one, however lots extra to return.”

It is solely the primary recreation of the preseason, however Walker displayed the traits the Jaguars noticed to make him the highest choice within the 2022 NFL Draft. After transferring round so much at Georgia, the rookie is focusing solely on being an edge rusher early in his profession. If the beginning is any indication, he’ll make pairing with Josh Allen on a revamped Jags protection.

“You realize, there’s at all times room for enchancment, however simply able to get again to work,” Walker advised NFL Community’s Steve Wyche after the sport. “Work on some errors that I made and simply develop from there. Now I received a really feel of it and see the way it’s actually gonna be, so now I simply wish to proceed to play quick and proceed to make performs to assist my workforce.

“I’ve to say simply come into work and get one % higher day-after-day. So long as we get one % higher day-after-day, we will not get no worse.”

The Jags’ depth points confirmed with 21 gamers sitting out the primary preseason recreation, however Walker’s play is a constructive signal that there are foundational constructing blocks in Jacksonville that portend a promising future.