NFL Hall of Fame game: Which Raiders, Jaguars players will or won’t play to open 2022 season?

The Las Vegas Raiders will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game, kicking off the preseason on August 4. The match will take place at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, and will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Although neither team is likely to play many of their starters, the Jaguars have already announced that QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne won’t play, it will be a good barometer for both teams to get an idea of ​​how they can line up ahead of pre-season this year. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels has given no indication of who will or will not play, but presumably he will hold some of his starters as well.

That being said, let’s look at who could see playing time for both teams in Thursday night’s game.

Quarterbacks

While new Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson has already announced that Trevor Lawrence will not play, he has also announced that he will start third QB Jake Luton. Lawrence’s replacement CJ Beathard has been struggling with groin injury issues and has been kept out of training camp so far while recovering. Luton haven’t seen the pitch for a game since 2020, when they filled in a few games with Gardner Minshew out with a thumb injury.

While we can probably assume Derek Carr won’t be featured on the night, that likely leaves the onus on saving Jarrett Stidham, who Las Vegas acquired from the New England Patriots through a trade earlier in the offseason. Like Luton, Stidham also hasn’t seen action in a regular season game since 2020 and made a total of eight appearances for the Pats as he threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns.

Running backs

With the news that Travis Etienne will also be dropped from the game, that leaves rookie Snoop Conner as the most likely candidate to start in the backfield. James Robinson, who currently sits No. 1 on the Jags depth chart, is still recovering from an Achilles tear in December as the Jaguars hope he will be ready in time for Week 1. Conner played for Ole Miss in college, recording 1,560 yards on 304 carries and 26 touchdowns in 34 games for the Rebels, as he will likely get plenty of game time on Thursday night.

Josh Jacobs is entering his third year with the Raiders and currently sits atop their depth chart. The fourth-year running back rushed 217 times for 872 yards in 15 games last season, scoring nine touchdowns and losing two fumbles. The addition of Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah adds a lot of depth to the Raiders’ backfield, so we could see McDaniels opt to give them more playing time in Thursday’s HOF game to see how well they fit into the game. lineup in a real game.

Wide Receivers

Christian Kirk lines up as the starting slot receiver on the Jags depth chart, with Marvin Jones Jr. and Zay Jones listed as starting on the outside. Pederson has yet to give much information on who will be selected other than Lawrence and Etienne, but he said he wants to see everyone play. This opens the field not only to guys at the top of the depth chart, but also to backups like Laquon Treadwell, Laviska Shenault Jr. and Tim Jones who could all easily see a lot of time on the court.

On the Raiders side, it’s no surprise that Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow are listed as the starting receivers on the depth chart. But look for guys lower in the standings like Keelan Cole, Mack Hollins and Demarcus Robinson to see time on the field as well, as McDaniels will likely play his starting receivers in a limited role, if at all.

tight ends

Evan Engram and Chris Manhertz are both listed as tight starters on the Jags’ first preseason depth chart. Don’t be surprised to see Engram get some significant playing time as it will be his first time in a Jaguars uniform since signing with Jacksonville in March. He played in 15 games for the Giants last season, catching 46 of 73 targets for 408 yards and three touchdowns. Manhertz returns to the Jaguars for a second year after playing behind Dan Arnold last season, catching six of nine targets for just 71 yards. Manhertz has averaged 11.8 yards per reception and recorded one touchdown in the 2021 season. However, Manhertz is listed ahead of Arnold on the depth chart at the moment, so expect him to see more. many shots against the Raiders.

Although Darren Waller tops the depth chart for tight ends for the Raiders, he was absent from practice earlier this week for an undisclosed reason. While we can assume he could be kept out of the Hall of Fame game in Canton, expect substitute Foster Moreau to start and get plenty of shots, while the likes of Nick Bowers and Jesper Horsted will likely see playing time as well. Moreau played 17 games last year, 30 in 44 with 373 yards and three touchdowns this season.

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