The 2021 NFL preseason is around the corner, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, just like every other team, are doing everything they can to ensure they will be ready. Head coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke have done a good job of upgrading the roster they inherited earlier this year. Both should be pleased with the early returns of their offseason additions.
In particular, the organization and Jaguars fans should be excited about rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson product has looked as good as advertised during training camp and will give Jacksonville’s offense a major boost in 2021.
The Jaguars won’t probably compete for the division crown or a playoff berth in 2021. However, they should be able to consistently play competitive football, which is something they struggled to do last season.
Although Lawrence was the Jags’ most important offseason acquisition, he was by no means the only one. There are several newcomers — and plenty of returning players — that should make an impact this upcoming season. On the flip side, they will face some difficult decisions. Players that might have made the team in the past could have a harder time making a positive impression in this year’s preseason due to the talent level in Jacksonville.
The Jags’ first preseason game will be against the Cleveland Browns on August 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET. It will be a great time to evaluate their current roster, which they will need to trim down to 85 players on the 17th. Keep in mind that the league has reduced the number of preseason games to three and has expanded the number of regular-season games from 16 to 17.
Right now is a good time to look at how the Jaguars’ 53-man roster could look in the season opener.