The NFL is delivering its first real taste of football on Thursday with its annual preseason Hall of Fame Game. Suiting up for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Las Vegas Raiders: pretty much no players you have ever heard of.
The Jaguars announced which players had been ruled out for the game and the list is, well, extensive:
Jaguars ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Raiders: pic.twitter.com/S1rqJN4gMM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 4, 2022
Travis Etienne Jr., C.J. Beathard, Zay Jones, Laviska Shenault Jr., Marvin Jones Jr., Christian Kirk, Trevor Lawrence, Evan Engram, Darious Williams, James Robinson, Devin Lloyd, Jamal Agnew, Josh Allen, Foyesade Oluokun, Brandon Scherff, Tyler Shatley, Cam Robinson, Jawaan Taylor, Chris Manhertz, Malcom Brown and Folorunso Fatukasi.
Teams have been conservative about playing their starters in the preseason in the past, but this is severe even by those standards.
Among that group is every offensive starter on the Jaguars' most recent depth chart save for rookie center Luke Fortner, as well as the No. 2 quarterback, No. 2 running back and most of the team's defensive players of note.
The good news is the team is at least playing the first overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft, Travon Walker.