The Jacksonville Jaguars will play an early ‘couple of series’ in their first preseason game against the Browns.


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Doug Pederson will play his starters sparingly in Jacksonville’s preseason game against Cleveland on Friday night.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence will need straight reps with new receivers (Christian Kirk, Jay Jones, Evan Engram) and a rookie center (Luke Fortner), the first-year Jaguars coach announced Wednesday.

“It’s a new project, got new faces, new people they’re working with and a new center,” Pederson said. “So try to put it all together and make some crisp plays, some good execution and try to score, try to score some points and put them out.”

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Pederson expects the starters to play “a couple of series” against the Browns in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said Thursday, Aug.  4, 2022, watches from the sideline during the first half of the team's NFL football exhibition Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Canton, Ohio.  The Jaguars play the Browns in their second preseason game.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, watches from the sideline during the first half of the team’s NFL football exhibition Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Canton, Ohio. The Jaguars play the Browns in their second preseason game.
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The Jaguars held on to most of their first-team guys last week in a 27-11 loss to Las Vegas in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. Jacksonville didn’t get on the scoreboard until late in the third quarter and didn’t find the end zone until the waning minutes. The defense, meanwhile, allowed 159 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

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“I’m going to let the starters play this week, you know get their feet wet a little bit in this football game with a couple of series,” Pederson said. “Nothing too crazy, nothing too long. But want to get them game experience and get them out there and work in game situations.”

James Robinson (Achilles tendon) — as well as rotating receivers Jamal Agnew (hip) and Laviska Chenault (hamstring) — is one starter Pederson is holding on to. Kirk might as well sit down. The team’s top free agent signing sprained an ankle in practice Monday and worked out Wednesday on the sidelines.

Second-year running back Travis Etienne, who missed his rookie year after suffering an ankle injury in the preseason last August, will play in his first game since.

“We’ve seen a lot here in practice, but now you get under the lights and the crowd and all that kind of stuff,” Pederson said. “It’s a different feeling and that’s why you do it, well, why you practice for all those situations. He’s one of the guys we want to see.”

The Raiders returned home to a happy home for head coach Josh McDaniels, defeating the Jaguars 27-11.

NOTES: LB Devin Lloyd (hamstring), a first-round draft pick out of Utah, will not play. Pederson is expected to return next week. … RTs Jawan Taylor and Walker Little will alternate reps with the first-team offense against the Browns. It was one of the team’s few early jobs to catch in camp. … Reserves LT Badara Traore and DE Jeremiah Ledbetter will miss some time, Pederson said.



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