The Jacksonville Jaguars resumed training camp after their 27-11 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in the Hall-of-Fame game. While it would have been great for the Jags to get the ‘W’ and build confidence ahead of the regular season, there are still three games left in their preseason slate.
The Jaguars will now prepare to welcome the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field Friday. With that in mind, here are four takeaways about the Day 9 of training camp.
4. Jaguars HC Doug Pederson is taking the loss to the Raiders in stride
Nobody likes to lose but it’s irrational to get worked up about a loss in the preseason. Head coach Doug Pederson told the media Sunday that things are never “as good as you think” nor “as bad as you think”, which is precisely the way he’s supposed to react to a contest that won’t count in the standings.
It’s not that Pederson doesn’t care. It’s that he and the team’s brass know this is the time to assess the roster. If they can get a few wins along the way, that’s fine but that’s not what the preseason is for.
This shows the contrast between Pederson and his predecessor, Urban Meyer, who didn’t take their preseason loss to the Cleveland Browns well and got very upset in the aftermath.
Pederson is aware that the Jags have three weeks to correct whatever issues have arisen in training camp. Thus, it doesn’t make sense to overreact to what’s basically an exhibition game.