3 things to keep an eye on in the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 preseason
The Jacksonville Jaguars just announced the dates and opponents for the 2023 preseason season. There wasn't as much fanfare as there was with the schedule release but that's understandable when you take into account the starters only play a couple of series players on the roster bubble get extended playing time.
Either way, fans will get their first taste of football before the regular season starts. Here are the dates and opponents for the three preseason contests. This year though, the Jags will only get one home game:
Week 1: Jaguars @ Cowboys, Saturday, August 12
Week 2: Jaguars @ Lions, Saturday, August 19
Week 3: Dolphins @ Jaguars, Saturday 26
Also, the preseason will be far from meaningless for the Jags. Although the results won't count in the standings, there will be a few things to keep an eye on, including these three:
3. Will the Jaguars give Erick Hallett, Christian Braswell and Antonio Johnson snaps?
The Jags expect Tre Herndon to line up in the slot next season. While he's a good player the Jaguars could use an upgrade at the position. The issue is that they didn't prioritize the position in the offseason and instead expect their young cornerbacks to develop. All things considered, this approach makes sense.
Herndon can line up in the slot while the youngsters work on their craft. However, the team's brass would surely like to see their rookie class contribute sooner rather than later and that's where Erick Hallett II (Round 6), Christian Braswell (Round 6), and Antonio Johnson (Round 5) come in.
Braswell lined up at nickel in rookie minicamp, while both Hallett and Johnson got a few reps at cornerback even though they're both listed as safeties. The three of them will need to work their way up the depth chart, and given their late-round status, expectations should be tempered.
Nevertheless, it would be great to see any of them separate themselves in training camp and get lots of snaps in the preseason.