Jaguars’ Trevor Lawrence connects with Chris Manhertz on first NFL TD pass

HOUSTON —

Trevor Lawrence‘s first NFL touchdown pass went to … a guy who had just 12 catches in the previous five seasons.

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Chris Manhertz to be a blocking tight end, but on second-and-7 from the Houston 22-yard line he got a free release off the line of scrimmage, ran by linebacker Zach Cunningham and was wide open inside the 10-yard line. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and safety Justin Reid tried to close on Manhertz but Lawrence delivered the ball at the 3-yard line. Manhertz snagged it and fell into the end zone with 12:20 to play in the first half.

The score — which was set up two plays earlier by a roughing the passer penalty on Texans defensive tackle Maliek Collins — cut the Texans’ lead to 14-7.



(With Inputs from ESPN)

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