Several Jacksonville Jaguars will make their preseason debut.
It’s easy to forget but the NFL didn’t hold a preseason last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so many second-year Jaguars will be making their preseason debut Saturday. Wide receiver Laviska Shenaul Jr., EDGE rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, and cornerback C.J. Henderson are some of the players that could certainly use a significant amount of snaps. However, there are others that might also benefit from an extended look, especially those that may be on the roster bubble.
Safety Andrew Wingard comes to mind, and so does quarterback Jake Luton who is competing for a roster spot. Henderson could take advantage of the preseason to get back on track after missing a good chunk of training camp.
The preseason will also be of particular importance to the Jaguars’ tight end room. Ben Ellefson has had a productive training camp but he needs to solidify his place on the depth chart. Also, Tyler Davis could be competing for a roster spot, and Tim Tebow, well, he needs to stand out and show he can contribute on the field. After making a solid impression early in training camp, he struggled once the pads went on. He needs to work on his pass-blocking and catching skills if he wants to make the team.
Head coach Urban Meyer said that veteran guard Andrew Norwell won’t suit up, so it will a good chance for Ben Bartch to display he should eventually get a spot in the starting offensive lineup. He won’t be competing for a roster spot like other players, but just like most of them, having a solid performance would help him greatly.