There should be plenty of competition as the Jacksonville Jaguars open training camp at the end of the month with veterans fighting to keep their starting spots.
Whether it is on the offensive line or with the team’s wide receivers or even another arm to come to camp in the quarterback room, having players who can push veterans is always a good thing. Makes the roster stronger. It makes the team hungrier. It also provides the media with great stories of the underdog who is fighting to live his NFL dream.
That could be a focus this offseason as there are a new culture evolving and players who come in and help shape this organization will be highlighted many times.
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Looking at the changes the front office (general manager David Caldwell) has made the past free months in free agency and the NFL Draft, a younger, more focused group of players might be just what this team needs. No more drama (we hope). No more in-season distractions (please let that be the case). This is a team already expected to be at the bottom of every NFL list of success. Playing the spoiler or collective underdog might be the best thing for Marrone and his troops.
The less the expectation, the more accolades the Jacksonville Jaguars will receive when and if they shock the world. Granted, this is not the same kind of roster the organization had in 2017, but there are some players – linebacker Joe Schobert, tight end Tyler Eifert, rookies C.J. Henderson, K’Lavon Chaisson, and Laviska Shenault – expected to “wow” the fans with their effort early in this transformation process.
As rookies are expected to report to camp for the first time on Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars will have players inside TIAA Bank Field for the first time this offseason. If there was ever a statement of the season becoming a reality (we all hope so) it is this “event”.
Per NFL.com, Quarterbacks and injured players will report on July 23 with all other players in camp on July 28.
Then the real questions begin. The Jacksonville Jaguars have veterans who could be looking over their shoulders as they fight to keep their starting position this season. Here are three who should get some stiff competition in camp.