And it was the right begin to life in a brand new residence for Josh McDaniels, the Las Vegas Raiders’ new head coach who joined in January after an extended, trophy-laden spell with the New England Patriots.
His Raiders thumped the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11, spoiling first-year Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson’s debut sport on the helm.
It was a homecoming win for Jacksonville native McDaniels, who was returning to the Tom Benson Corridor of Fame Stadium the place he as soon as performed for Canton McKinley Excessive Faculty, patrolling the sidelines he watched his father, Thom McDaniels, coach on for almost 20 years.
“You by no means know should you’ll get this chance once more. I actually savored it. It was a very good alternative for all of us, and I feel all of us loved it.”
In a sport with out most of each groups’ starters — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and star vast receiver Davante Adams sat out whereas the Jaguars launched an inventory of 21 gamers who would not be enjoying together with second 12 months quarterback, Trevor Lawrence — it was as much as the extra fringe gamers to step up.
And like many preseason video games with out the star gamers, it wasn’t probably the most polished affair.
No. 1 general choose on this 12 months’s draft Travon Walker was known as for a roughing-the-passer penalty towards Raiders backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham on the very first play from scrimmage. Walker did show why he was picked first although as he picked up a sack later within the sport.
There have been alternatives for gamers to flash although, as rookie running-back Zamir White confirmed, dashing for 52 yards and including 23 extra via the air.
And it was the Raiders’ dashing assault which actually tore via the Jaguars protection, ending the sport with 159 yards whole dashing and three dashing touchdowns; one every from Stidham, Austin Walter and Ameer Abdullah.
Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson was excellent from the sphere too, including two discipline targets and three extra-points.
Jaguars running-back Nathan Cottrell scored his workforce’s solely landing of the night, catching a go from Kyle Sloter within the endzone.
After the sport, Pederson praised the trouble of his workforce which was lacking a lot of its starters.
He added: “We made positive everyone performed on this sport. As we transfer ahead, it is going to be somewhat extra the starters and guys we expect might be on the 53(-player roster) as we go.”