Jarrett Stidham provides bizarre first play of the 2022 NFL season
Jarrett Stidham got the start for the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The first play from scrimmage, though, did not go as planned, as the former Auburn quarterback was pressured by Travon Walker, the Jaguars’ No. 1 overall pick out of Georgia and saw his pass get deflected and fall well short of its intended receiver. Walker was flagged for roughing the passer on his first professional snap, as he grabbed Stidham around the neck and head.
Stidham recovered to lead the Raiders down the field in a solid drive before it stalled, and they settled for a field goal by Daniel Carlson, another former Auburn Tiger.
The ball slipped out of Jarrett Stidham’s hand but Keelan Cole still caught it for 31 yards lol pic.twitter.com/83mcYxKu7W
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While Derek Carr is the undisputed starter for the Raiders, Stidham came with new head coach Josh McDaniels from New England Patriots and so he’s familiar with the offense.
The Patriots traded Stidham and a seventh-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
Stidham will also have the opportunity to learn behind Carr, and if all goes well, Stidham could work his way into a long-term backup role in Las Vegas.