Jacksonville Jaguars’ Travon Walker debuts, will get first sack in Corridor of Fame recreation

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CANTON, Ohio — Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Travon Walker wasted no time making an influence in his first NFL recreation.Walker, the No. 1 general choose on this yr’s NFL draft, performed solely two collection in his group’s 27-11 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium on Thursday evening, however he recorded a sack and had one other stress in what he says was only a glimpse of what he’ll ultimately be capable of constantly do for years.”It was positively thrilling, simply to be on the market on an NFL roster, on the market on an NFL group taking part in with different NFL gamers,” Walker stated. “One thing that I will all the time bear in mind [will be] my first snap.”That is when Walker first flashed among the causes the Jaguars elected to take him over extra confirmed cross rusher Aidan Hutchinson, who went second to the Detroit Lions. He bull-rushed Raiders left sort out Brandon Parker and bought to quarterback Jarrett Stidham as he launched the ball — sadly, Walker bought his hand up round Stidham’s neck and bought flagged for roughing the passer.1 RelatedHead coach Doug Pederson known as it one of many quite a few educating moments Walker will expertise as a rookie.”There’s timing points if you [rush] quarterbacks and hitting quarterbacks and when you’ll be able to hit quarterbacks and all this type of stuff, and it is simply going to come back from simply watching it, studying from it,” Pederson stated. “You by no means attempt to decelerate his athleticism and energy that approach, however he’ll study from it and do higher.”Fairly shortly, apparently. Walker — who stated he was upset he wasn’t in a position to get the sack on his first snap — bought Stidham on the Raiders’ subsequent possession, this time grabbing Stidham round his midsection and pulling him to the bottom for a 3-yard loss.”It was positively an thrilling feeling,” Walker stated. “It was my first [sack] however, like, lots extra to come back.”That is what the Jaguars are hoping and why they drafted Walker, a 6-foot-5, 272-pound former Georgia defensive lineman. Walker had solely 9.5 sacks in his three seasons with the Bulldogs, however he performed primarily inside. The Jaguars have moved him to outdoors linebacker as a result of they really feel he can thrive there due to his dimension, size, pace and energy.Walker had been spectacular in one-on-ones in coaching camp, however his lack of expertise as an out of doors cross rusher has left him poor in pass-rush strikes and counter-moves. These are issues he’ll must develop over the course of his first few seasons, however for now he’ll depend on his pace and energy as a lot as he can.It was efficient towards the Raiders, no less than.”I believed he did some actually good issues,” Pederson stated. “There have been some early good, fast cross rushes in there. He is very disruptive. He confirmed his size, athleticism, his energy. He will be enjoyable to look at all season.”

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