Doug Pederson Reveals Disappointing QB Plans for Jaguars' Preseason Opener

Devon Platana
Head coach Doug Pederson has revealed his disappointing QB plans for the Jacksonville Jaguars' preseason opener.
Head coach Doug Pederson has revealed his disappointing QB plans for the Jacksonville Jaguars' preseason opener. / AP Photo/John Raoux

After months of waiting, NFL action is back this week. Granted, it's only the preseason, but that hasn't stopped fans from getting excited about the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Jaguars fans are excited to see what sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence can do under new head coach Doug Pederson. Unfortunately, the Jacksonville faithful will have to wait a bit longer to see the former first overall pick under center thanks to Pederson's disappointing plans for Thursday.

Jaguars Roster News

Pederson announced on Tuesday that Lawrence won't suit up for the Hall of Fame Game, nor will veteran QB C.J. Beathard. Instead, 2020 sixth-round pick Jake Luton gets the nod as the starter while practice squad journeyman and former USFL QB Jake Sloter will serve as the backup.

Luton has started three career games for the Jaguars, all taking place during the 2020 season. He went 0-3 in his attempts, completing just 54.5% of his passes for 624 yards and two touchdowns while turning the ball over eight times (six interceptions, two fumbles).

While Pederson's decision is disappointing, it isn't too surprising. Starters rarely suit up for the annual HOF contest and there's really no need to put the second-year QB in a position where he might get unnecessarily injured. Still, it's unfortunate for fans to see the types of improvements that Lawrence has made over the offseason.

Pederson played a key role in Carson Wentz's MVP-quality campaign five years ago. The hope is that he'll have the same effect on Lawrence in 2022, especially after improving the Jaguars' passing situation with the likes of wideout Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram.

Nevertheless, Jaguars fans should expect to see Lawrence in some capacity during the team's second preseason game. The matchup in question is a home game against the Cleveland Browns on Friday, Aug. 12.

Hall of Fame Game Odds

The Lawrence-less Jaguars have a slightly uphill battle ahead of them on Thursday. FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring the Raiders as 1.5-favorites over Pederson's squad in the Hall of Fame Game. Both teams own -110 odds to cover the spread.

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