The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that quarterback Trevor Lawrence will not play in the Hall of Fame Game against the Los Angeles Raiders. Instead, they’ll start Jake Luton, a 2020 sixth-round draft pick from Oregon State. Luton is the third quarterback on the depth chart, but he’ll get the start over C.J. Beathard, who is recovering from a groin injury. Luton has yet to play a regular season game for the Jaguars. The emergence of Luton’s talent will be especially helpful to a team that has a new head coach and new quarterback.
While the depth chart at wide receiver on both teams has a healthy double-digit number of players, there’s no shortage of opportunity for Laquon Treadwell to contribute in either offense. Treadwell had touchdowns in each of his final seven games with Jacksonville last season. But he hasn’t lived up to expectations since being drafted by the Vikings, and it’s unlikely he’ll be a starter.
After receiving an invite to the Hall of Fame Game, Temple running back Tyler Armstead was waived by the New York Giants on Thursday. The five-foot-11, 220-pound Armstead was expected to compete for a roster spot with veteran Corey Clement and rookie sixth-round pick Gary Brightwell. Though Armstead missed all of last season with COVID-19, he’s a capable replacement option if either of the two veterans are injured.
The Hall of Fame Game is an ideal opportunity for rookie running back Snoop Conner to make a big impact. He was drafted by the Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2022 draft. As a bigger back, he will compete with RB2 Reggie Bush for touches and work between the tackles and in short yardage situations. With the Jaguars’ running back depth, Conner is expected to see extensive playing time.
While there are a number of players to consider for the Jaguars in the Jaguars-Raiders Hall of Fame game, one player who stands out is wide receiver Keelan Cole. While a former undrafted rookie out of Kentucky Wesleyan, Cole was a productive depth wideout for the Jaguars. In his rookie year, he hauled in 42 passes for 748 yards and a touchdown. Over the past four seasons, he’s recorded 55 receptions for 642 yards and five touchdowns. This year, he’ll try to earn a job with the Jaguars after signing with the New York Jets.
With Zay Jones gone and DeSean Jackson expected to find a new home, the Raiders are left with a hole at WR3. While Hollins will likely take a backseat to rookie A.J. Green, Hollins still offers an intriguing backup option. The veteran wide receiver has played well in the preseason and impressed both coaches and teammates.
In this Jaguars-Raiders Hall of Fame game preview, I’m focusing on wide receiver Tyron Johnson. Johnson is a healthy scratch for the last two weeks of the regular season, but he was claimed off waivers by the team from the Los Angeles Chargers and was immediately expected to be a significant part of the offense. With DJ Chark out, Johnson’s importance became a necessity.
Competition for snaps
There’s plenty of competition on the offensive line in the Jaguars-Raiders Hall of Fame game in 2022. While rookies and veterans have been working out together, veteran players have gotten a taste of what the new regime will look like. The starting lineup isn’t set, but the personnel groupings during practice suggest what the starters will look like. This is a good opportunity for players on the bubble to shoot for a final roster spot in August.