NFL Preseason HOF Game - News, Injuries, and Playing Time Notes

Aug 4th 2022

Sosa KremenjasJustin Phan

The NFL is back with the kickoff of the inaugural Hall of Fame game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders. These two franchises will play four preseason games, with the remaining 30 teams playing just three preseason games.

Let's dive into the news, notes, depth charts, historical playing time, and notable injuries for both teams heading into Thursday.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Las Vegas Raiders

Jaguars Notable Injuries/Absences:

QB Trevor Lawrence (rest) - OUT, QB C.J. Beathard (groin) - OUT, RB James Robinson (Achilles) - OUT, RB Travis Etienne (illness) - OUT, WR Jamal Agnew (hip) - OUT, RT Jawaan Taylor (hamstring) - OUT, LB Devin Lloyd (hamstring) - OUT

Jaguars News & Notes:

  • These are the players that will NOT dress for the Jaguars:

  • The Jaguars will bench all of their offensive starters outside of offensive lineman Luke Fortner and Walker Little, according to coach Doug Pederson. The defensive starters will likely play one series, maybe two in the Hall of Fame game per Pederson.

  • With Lawrence (rest), Beathard (groin), Etienne (illness), and Robinson (Achilles) ruled out, expect backups Jake Luton (QB) and Snoop Conner (RB) to get plenty of action Thursday night. From beat writer John Shipley's HOF game preview: "Conner got first reps with the offense during Tuesday's practice, but it seems fair to assume both he and Armstead will get a chance to show what they can do with extended opportunities."

  • From Shipley's HOF game preview: "It shouldn't be expected for Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Marvin Jones to play much, if at all, on Thursday night. The same could likely go for Laviska Shenault and Laquon Treadwell, while Jamal Agnew clearly won't play as he works his way back toward 100%. As a result, this gives a few different Jaguars a chance to stand out in their place."

    • Shipley notes that three receivers to watch based on training camp performance are Lujuan Winningham, Tim Jones and Jeff Cotton Jr. This trio has formed a connection with Jake Luton at times, and they have the ability to warrant final roster consideration.

    • Other Jacksonville wideouts who should get some run include Marvin Hall, Kevin Austin Jr., and Willie Johnson. These three are considered longer shots to make Jacksonville's 53-man roster.

Raiders Notable Injuries/Absences:

QB Derek Carr (rest) - UNLIKELY TO PLAY, WR Dillon Stoner (undisclosed) - OUT, RB Brittain Brown (undisclosed) - TBD, RB Zamir White (undisclosed) - TBD, DE Chandler Jones (undisclosed) - UNLIKELY TO PLAY, DT Johnathan Hankins (knee) - OUT, DT Bilal Nichols (knee) - OUT, CB Trayvon Mullen (foot) - OUT

Raiders News & Notes

  • Much less is known on the Raiders' side of things, though that shouldn't come as a surprise considering newly appointed head coach Josh McDaniels comes from the Bill Belichick tree ... and well, they're fairly secretive over in New England.

  • The Raiders are unlikely to play starting quarterback Derek Carr and could start Jarrett Stidham in his place, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic:

    • "The Raiders’ preseason schedule starts Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game against the Jaguars, and maybe fans can see those four receivers catch some passes from backup Jarrett Stidham. Carr was asked if he would play, and he said it hadn’t been discussed yet, but the obvious answer is no. Coach Josh McDaniels is likely to treat the intrasquad practices against the Patriots on Aug. 22-23 as the veterans’ dress rehearsal (much like the third preseason game used to be) and just have Carr work out and shower before the four preseason games even start.'"

  • Rookie running back Zamir White has missed some time throughout training camp by way of injury but could find himself pressed into action on Thursday night, per Tashan Reed of The Athletic:

    • "Some good injury news: Rookie running back Zamir White returned to practice Saturday and Sunday after missing several sessions due to an undisclosed injury. He’s rarely practiced going back to OTAs, but there’s hope he’ll be able to ramp things up from here. “I love his attitude,” McDaniels said of White. 'He works really hard when he’s on the field. He’s very coachable. He’s a great kid. I’m just eager to see us try to string together some days and, hopefully, we can do that. He was out there yesterday doing some things both in the kicking game and offensively. Everybody’s getting ready to play Thursday night. And all the guys that are able will do that. Hopefully, Zamir will be in that category.'"

  • According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders could elect to "bench" some of their important starters as well. It isn't known yet who Rapoport is referring to, but we can assume he's talking about Carr, WR Davante Adams, TE Darren Waller, and potentially a second receiver in Hunter Renfrow.

  • According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, it's a very safe bet we won't see Derek Carr and "other starters" in the HOF game. Tafur is adamant the Raiders will rest their starting quarterback:

    • "McDaniels wouldn’t dream of sharing which of his players will face the Jaguars, but it’s a very safe bet that Derek Carr and the other starters will be spectators like Thom and the rest of the McDaniels clan. McDaniels and his staff will be evaluating the bottom half of the 90-man roster, as those players work to make their own dreams come true on Aug. 30 when rosters are cut to 53 players."

  • Tafur expects Jarrett Stidham as the next man up at the quarterback spot:

    • "The fact that the Raiders also play the Jaguars in the regular season in Week 9 on Nov. 6 won’t affect the game planning in the epic quarterback matchup between backups Jarrett Stidham and Jake Luton. (We’re assuming that Stidham plays for the Raiders, as his competition with Nick Mullens for the No. 2 job behind Carr seems like a mere formality.)"

  • Outside of that, little is known about the Raiders' plans for the Hall of Fame game. Las Vegas has a tight battle for their No. 3 receiver job currently. Among those fighting for that role are Mack Hollins, Keelan Cole, and Demarcus Robinson.

  • It's fair to expect little to no action for Carr, Adams, Renfrow, Waller, and RB Josh Jacobs.

  • Jacobs and RBs Kenyan Drake and Brandon Bolden are not expected to play many, if any, reps in the preseason according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.

  • Like the Jaguars, the Raiders are entering this season with a new head coach and staff so it'll be tough to gauge what they have in mind for snap counts. Going back to last preseason though, here are the Raiders' snap counts under Jon Gruden in Preseason Week 1: