With training camp quickly approaching, right now is a good time to go over a few important dates on the Jacksonville Jaguars calendar before the start of the 2021 season.
Nobody will argue July is the slowest month of the year for the NFL. After a hectic free agency period, the draft, and organized team activities, the Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a small break. Training camp is just a few days ago, which means things are about to speed up.
The Jags, just like most teams in the NFL, will start training camp on July 27. Earlier this year, the league said clubs will be able to hold practices in front of fans. This is particularly refreshing because there was no preseason and fan attendance was limited throughout the season. It was uncertain how many practices the Jaguars would open to the public his year but the team just announced six of them will be in front of fans. Five of them will take place at the training facility and there will be a scrimmage at TIAA Bank Field.
Here are the dates:
- Thursday, July 29
- Friday, July 30 (this practice will be reserved for season ticket members)
- Saturday, July 31
- Friday, August 6
- Saturday, August 7
- Sunday, August 8 (this is the scrimmage that will take at TIAA Bank Field)
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be trimming the roster in August.
The Jaguars’ roster is currently composed of 90 players but the team will have to progressively trim it down to 53 before Week 1 of the 2021 season. Unlike last year, the NFL will hold a preseason.
The difference between this year and others is that there will only be three preseason games while the regular season will feature 17 instead of 16. Here are the Jaguars’ three preseason games.
- Preseason Week 1: Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET vs Cleveland Browns
- Preseason Week 2: Monday, Aug. 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET @ New Orleans Saints
- Preseason Week 3: Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. ET @ Dallas Cowboys
The Jaguars will need to cut their roster to 85 players on August 17. Then, cut to 80 on the 24th, and the final cuts, to get to 53, will be on August 31.
There are many reasons to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021.
At times, it was hard to watch the Jaguars in 2020. They couldn’t stop opposing teams from scoring. They would often fall behind early and the game would be out of reach by the third quarter. The organization realized they needed to make major changes to the way they did things and cleaned house. They hired college legend Urban Meyer as the head coach and promoted director of player personnel Trent Baalke to general manager. Together, the duo has spent the offseason fortifying the roster.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin, safety Rayshawn Jenkins and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. will join a core of playmakers that includes linebacker Myles Jack, wide receiver DJ Chark, and rookie sensation James Robinson. However, the Jaguars’ biggest addition and reason for optimism in 2021 was Trevor Lawrence, one of the most talented quarterback prospects in recent years.
As the regular season closes in, the Jags are getting ready to be in a position to win more games than they did in 2020. They will have the chance to prove how much they have improved when they take on the Houston Texans in Week 1.