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There was no Derek Carr, no Davante Adams and no Trevor Lawrence within the 2022 Corridor of Fame Sport between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, however there was one notable identify to look at.
And that notable identify was Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker, who simply so occurred to be the No. 1 general choose of the 2022 NFL draft.
He wasted little time making an impression in his NFL debut at Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, blowing previous the Raiders’ offensive line and getting a quarterback hit. Sadly for the rookie, he was whistled for roughing the passer.
Walker shortly realized, although, and notched a sack on Las Vegas’ second possession.
His energy, pace and talent to make use of his arms as leverage stood out to loads of viewers:
The ultimate rating issues far lower than particular person performances within the preseason, particularly within the first recreation. Walker bought constant strain on Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham and appeared the a part of a franchise cornerstone for a staff that wants one on the defensive aspect.
If he can construct on this opening efficiency all through the preseason, he must be prepared to steer the protection within the season opener in opposition to the Washington Commanders on Sept. 11.