Jaguars 2023 preseason times and dates: 3 things we want to watch

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) fakes a handoff to running back Travis Etienne.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) fakes a handoff to running back Travis Etienne. / Bob Self / USA TODAY NETWORK

Getting ready for the regular season is a year-long process and the preseason allows players looking for a roster spot a chance to make an impression. Similarly, players that are trying to get a good grasp of the scheme get the opportunity to showcase their talent. The league has announced the dates and time for this year's slate of games and the Jacksonville Jaguars are set to play all of them on Saturday.

The NFL reduced the number of preseason appearances from four to three two years ago but the Jags had four last year because they played in the Hall-of-Fame game. In 2023, they'll only have three. And here are the dates, times, and opponents for them. (All times Eastern PM).

  • Week 1 at Dallas Cowboys: Saturday, August 12 - 5:00
  • Week 2 at Detroit Lions: Saturday, August 19 - 1:00
  • Week 3 vs. Miami Dolphins: Saturday, 26 - 7:00

Also, here are three things we'd like to watch:

3. What will happen to Jaguars OLB K'Lavon Chaisson

Even since the end of the 2020 season, outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson has been the subject of trade speculation. In fact, the Jags came close to shipping the former LSU Tiger before the 2021 deadline but ultimately chose to keep him around.

It's fair to say that Chaisson, the 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft, hasn't lived up to his draft billing and his tenure in Jacksonville could be close to an end, but will he be on the roster in the preseason?

General manager Trent Baalke hasn't shied away from trading players he doesn't think fit his vision. Given that the team didn't pick up Chaisson's fifth-year option on his rookie deal, they could shop him around before the season begins to try to get something in return.

Defensive line coach Brentson Buckner is confident Chaisson will have a big year in 2023 but we willl have a clearer idea of where he stands in the preseason. Getting lots of playing time in the second half of the games could point to Jacksonville not expecting him to have a huge role next season.

2. How's Jaguars OL Anton Harrison's transition to right tackle coming along?

Right after the Jaguars drafted Anton Harrison, they made it known that he will be playing right tackle despite the fact that he mainly lined up on the left side at Oklahoma. Then again, the team's brass believes he's capable of switching positions and expects him to be a Day 1 starter. He recently talked to John Shipley of Sports Illustrated and said that the transition is going well.

"It's going good, just taking it day by day, like you said, just being in one spot. So I'm at right tackle every day just getting better at it, perfecting my craft. Just taking it day by day,"

On one hand, it's encouraging to hear that Harrison feels good about the transition. On the other hand, he'll most likely experience growing pains throughout the season, which is expected from a first-year player. We'll know how the switch is going in the preseason.

1. The first taste of the Trevor Lawrence/Ridley connection

Starters don't get ample snaps in preseason to avoid getting injured. Nevertheless, they still need to fine tune a few things, so they still take the field. While Trevor Lawrence doesn't need to get lots of playing time, he needs to make sure his timing with Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones is precise.

And in the preseason, we'll get to see Lawrence connect with Ridley against competition for the first time. Ridley was the only big addition the Jags have made since going on a spending spree last year but his presence should take the offense to the next level. That's why it will be exciting to catch passes from Lawrence.

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