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Doug Pederson: Travon Walker 'did some really good things' in HOF game

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8/5/2022 12:20:18 PM
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The Jacksonville Jaguars sat a host of starters in Thursday's 27-11 Hall of Fame Game loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, but No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker suited up and looked the part in his brief action, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

"Man, I thought he did some really good things," coach Doug Pederson said after the game. "There was some early, good, quick pass rushes in there. He was very disruptive. Showed his length, his athleticism, his power. He's going to be fun to watch, I think, all season."

The 6-foot-5 Georgia product displayed his power and ability to win on the edge right off the bat. On the first play from scrimmage, Walker bull-rushed Raiders offensive tackle Brandon Parker -- who is vying for a starting spot -- and hit quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Walker was flagged on the play, but it was a sign that the edge rusher can cause havoc.

"I think there's timing issues," Pederson said of the penalty. "Of quarterbacks, hitting quarterbacks and when you can hit quarterbacks and all this kind of stuff. It's just gonna come from just watching it and learning from it. That's something, you never try to slow down his athleticism, power, that way. But he'll learn from it and be better."

Later, Walker sealed the edge and got off a block as Stidham stepped up in the pocket to record his first preseason sack -- one of the Jags' five QB takedowns on the night.

"I hadn’t hit an opponent in a while," Walker said. "It was definitely an exciting feeling. It was my first one, but plenty more to come."

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