CANTON, Ohio — — The Las Vegas Raiders gave coach Josh McDaniels a successful homecoming in his debut on their sideline.
Josh Jacobs, rookie Zamir White and Austin Walter ran well on a rain-soaked field and the Raiders routed Jacksonville 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game Thursday night, spoiling coach Doug Pederson’s first game with the Jaguars.
McDaniels was raised in this historic football town. He played for his dad, Thom McDaniels, at Canton McKinley High School.
“It was a unique opportunity, very grateful that I had it,”McDaniels stated. “It’s the first time I’ve been to this Hall of Fame game it in 22 years. To have an opportunity to do that with him here, my family and people who helped me along the way, it was a special night for them. I really savored it.”
Derek Carr and Davante Adams warmed up but they didn’t get a chance to play their first game together since Fresno State. Carr, the three time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Adams (the All-Pro receiver acquired through a blockbuster deal with Green Bay) were just a few of the many starters who sat for both teams.
Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence wore a backward cap on the sideline while third-string quarterback Jake Luton started.
The NFL’s first preseason game began 40 minutes late due to severe weather that forced fans to seek shelter.
As you would expect, things became sloppy after kickoff.
Top pick Travon Wade was penalized for roughing the passer on Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham during the first play of scrimmage. Walker later Register a sack.
The highlight of the game didn’t count. Jacksonville’s Willie Johnson returned a punt 88 yards for a score on the final play of the third quarter but it was nullified by a holding penalty.
McDaniels, 46 years old, is now an NFL head coach for the second time after winning six Super Bowls under Bill Belichick as an assistant with the New England Patriots. McDaniels was 11-17 in Denver from 2009-10.
After being out of 2021, Pederson will begin his second season as an NFL head coaching coach. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory and three playoff appearances in five seasons from 2016-20.
After the disappointing 2021 season under Urban Meyer (which lasted only 11 month), Pederson has already transformed Jacksonville’s culture.
He’s tasked with trying to turn one of the league’s worst organizations into a winner. In the last 14 years, the Jaguars have only had one winning season.
“You want a place where everybody enjoys coming to work and they enjoy the environment, the people, understanding we’re going to put in the hard work,”Pederson stated. “You can’t substitute for hard work and preparation as you strive for a championship and these guys have bought in.”
Daniel Carlson scored field goals of 32-yards and 55 yards for the Raiders to take a 6-0 lead in quarter one. Ameer Abdullah scored with an 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Stidham then ran 12 yards for a touchdown, making it 20-0 in the second half.
The Jaguars fell 27-3. Late in the fourth quarter, Kyle Sloter’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Cottrell gave them the chance to win. Cottrell ran in the middle to convert the 2-pointer.
Walker made a late hit on Stidham and Stidham connected for 31 yards with Keelan Colley on the opening play. He was 8 of 15, for 96 yards.
White, the team’s fourth-round pick, had 52 yards on 11 carries, including a 14-yard run on his first touch. Jacobs ran for 30 yard on five carries. Walter ran for 49 yards and a TD of 8 yards on eight carries.
Tony Boselli, the first pick in Jaguars history and the franchise’s first Hall of Fame selection, received a Loud applauseHe was introduced along with the Class of 2022 Inductees. Boselli was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and three-time All-Pro left tackle in seven years in Jacksonville before injuries ended him.
Cliff Branch, a long-time Raiders wide receiver, was represented by Elaine Anderson in pre-game introductions. Branch will be inducted into The Hall of Fame posthumously. Branch was a three-time All-Pro selection and four-time Pro Bowl player in a 14-year NFL history, all with the Raiders of Oakland and Los Angeles.
Arden Key, a former Raiders defensive lineman, scored two sacks in his debut game for Jacksonville. Key had three sacks over three seasons with Raiders.
Cleveland hosts Jacksonville next Friday night.
Minnesota hosts Las Vegas on August 14.