The preseason has gotten a bad rep in recent years. This is mainly because players are at risk of getting injured and the outcome of the game doesn't count in the standings. However, there are certain benefits. In the Jacksonville Jaguars case, several players in need to make an impression will get their chance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1.
Also, Doug Pederson and the coaching staff will be keeping a close look at a handful of players. With that said, here are a few bold predictions for the Jags' bout against Dallas.
5. Jaguars QB Nathan Rourke will throw 2 TDs, complete over 60% of his passes
Doug Pederson told the media that Trevor Lawrence will play a bit against the Cowboys. However, it's hard to see him staying on the field for more than a couple series. In fact, C.J. Beathard will most likely play most of the first half. He will then pave the way for third-stringer Nathan Rouke to finish the game.
Rourke joined the Jags earlier this year and he's been the only quarterback the team's brass has added since the end of the 2022 season. While the Canadian-born quarterback earned praise from offensive coordinator Press Taylor in training camp, he isn't a lock to earn a roster spot.
In fact, Taylor himself said that Rourke would get lots of work in the preseason and he should be able to make a positive impression due to the surplus of skilled position players the Jaguars have on offense. Expect Rourke to showcase accuracy and finish the game with a 60 percent completion rate and two touchdowns.