5 Jacksonville Jaguars to watch in their first preseason game

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to face off against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason. Here are five players to keep an eye on.

The stakes in the preseason are lower than the ones in the regular season. After all, a win (or a loss) doesn’t count in the standings. However, it is still important for a myriad of reasons. The coaching staff wants to see how certain players perform against NFL-caliber competition. Rookies will take the field for the first time. Finally, players on the fringe will have a shot to make an impression. This is true for all the teams and not just the Jags.

Head coach Urban Meyer met with the team after Day 13 of training camp and told them he expects a clean game and a winner mentality. Meyer also acknowledged that many jobs are on the line.

"The reality is there are people across from you trying to take your job. Some of these guys are in survival mode, I respect that."

Keep in mind that the Jags will need to trim down their roster from 90 to 85 players on August 17. Without further ado, here are five Jaguars to keep an eye on their preseason game against the Browns.

Jacksonville Jaguars player to keep an eye on No. 1 – OG Ben Bartch

Veteran Andrew Norwell won’t be suiting up Saturday’s game, so Ben Bartch will most likely start in his place. Norwell and right guard A.J. Cann will be free agents next offseason, so this could be a chance for the 2020 fourth-round selection to try out for a starting job next year.