Jaguars at Buccaneers: Preseason Preview

The third preseason game is the one that usually is most like a regular season contest. Starters are expected to play three quarters or more, and there is some minor game planning involved.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008-7:30 p.m.
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Kickoff forecast:
82 degrees, 40% chance of precipitation

2007 records:
Jacksonville- 12-6, Tampa Bay- 9-8

Jaguars fans can expect to see both defensive end Reggie Hayward and wide receiver Reggie Williams, as both practiced this week and both are expected to play per head coach Jack Del Rio.

Following a dismal outing against Miami, the Jaguars would like to rebound and play well, even if it doesn't necessarily mean that they will be victorious on the final scoreboard.

"There are a whole lot of things we need to do," Taylor said of the game in Tampa. "We got out-physicalled last week. They came here to prove a point and they did a helluva job. You hate to lose at anything. We're happy that it opened our eyes."


-Tampa Bay has received solid quarterback play this preseason, and their offensive line has been outstanding. With a plethora of quarterbacks on the roster, Tampa can't keep them all and this could be a possible audition for one of the cuts for a backup job in Jacksonville, or somewhere else.

-Will Brian Williams be in better position in his second game starting at strong safety?

-Backup quarterback Cleo Lemon was abysmal against Miami last week. It will ease a lot of Jaguars fans minds if he can be somewhat effective when he plays against the Tampa Bay backups.

-Matt Jones has had his best training camp of his career, and looks motivated. Can Jones take the fine play into week three of the preseason?

-Wide receiver Ryan Hoag is now on most Jaguars fans radar after his big three catch, 71 yard performance last week. Hoag may not have much of a chance to make the roster at wide receiver, but watch him on special teams.

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The Jaguars were terrible a week ago and although it doesn't matter in the record books, it's not the way the team wants to enter the regular season. This week will be a solid test against a very physical Bucs team.

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