We now know when and where Jacksonville Jaguars training camp will take place as the NFL has announced the dates and places for all teams.
It’s been a hectic offseason for a Jaguars team that finished 3-14 last season. After hiring head coach Doug Pederson, they went on to revamp their roster in free agency and the draft. They’re currently taking a break before reporting to training camp, which will start on July 24th and will take place at Episcopal School of Jacksonville.
The Jags wrapped up mandatory minicamp in early June. But Pederson raised a few eyebrows when he announced he would excuse most veterans for the last week and only required rookies and players recovering from injuries to attend. Looking back, this was the right call by the head coach. Instead of overworking the players, he let them recharge batteries before showing up to training camp.
This will be Doug Pederson’s first Jaguars training camp
This isn’t Doug Pederson’s first rodeo. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for five years before getting a break. He knows what works and what doesn’t and although every team is different, he should have no trouble making the necessary adjustments in Jacksonville.
For many Jaguars, this will be like starting over. After all, there wasn’t really a sense of direction under Urban Meyer last Summer and it showed once the regular season started. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins recently said that he felt like they were going through the motions last year. If Pederson wants to get this team going, he will need to take advantage of training camp. On the bright side, it looks like players are sold on his vision, with cornerback Shaquill Griffin going as far as to say that they’re ready to run through a brick wall for their head coach.
We’re inching closer to the regular season and training camp will give us a good idea of where the Jaguars currently stand and how much they’ve improved since last year.