This is the most important NFL preseason the Jags have had in over a decade. With all the moves they made in free agency and the draft, this team could have six new starters on defense with half of them being rookies. The offensive line still has questions at left tackle and center; also the team has some more competition at running back. These questions will have to be answered before week one against Green Bay. That is what the preseason is for. Star players like Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson benefit from the preseason, but the fringe players need the preseason more than anyone. They are fighting for a roster spot.
The Jags have had a busy offseason. They brought in various free agents, and drafted heavily on the defensive line. With these new acquisitions, comes competition to their respective positions. The Jags haven’t had this much depth in a long time, and with all this depth only some of these players will make the starting team. The preseason will determine the starting left tackle, cornerback opposite to Jalen Ramsey, DE opposite to Dante Fowler, and the lead running back in Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon. This preseason could not be more important for the Jags.
The preseason will not only decide who the starters are, but also allow the free agents to use the playbook against opposing teams for the first time. No team wants a high value offseason acquisition to play week one without any utilization of the team’s playbook against opposition. This preseason will allow all the new offensive and defensive free agents to gel with their new teammates and figure what their role is on this team. If you think the preseason doesn’t matter, tell that to Terrell Davis, Alfred Morris or Russell Wilson.