We get one more preseason game, even though most fans have been focused on the Green Bay Packers game for nearly two weeks. We are still recovering from the Sunday night struggle against the Bengals, but hope to see some potential Jags regular-season backups and rotational players shine.
Forget seeing starters. Might as well have a running clock so we can finish the last two episodes of Stranger Things. RCR will be watching line play and hopefully a lack of Jaguars penalties.
Meeting: The Jaguars will see Atlanta for the 12th time in the preseason. It will move the Falcons into first for the most-faced Jaguars preseason opponent.
The Jags are 7-4 in those matchups. Both teams met for five straight preseasons from 2010 to 2014.
Humble-brag to Falcons fans:
Thank you for David Caldwell.
The Jaguars finally have a No. 1 wide receiver that’s at the same level of Julio Jones. Allen Robinson could rise even higher this year.
Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn will play QB Matt Ryan for at least one snap. Protect your starting quarterback. It is only the fourth preseason game. But why? The Falcons already suffered injuries to Keanu Neal and Julio Jones just last week.
Connections to the River City:
The Falcons have former Florida State running back Devonta Freeman. The 24-year-old ran for 11 TDs and over 1,100 yards in 2015.
First-year safety Keanu Neal – a former Florida Gator – injured his knee against the Miami Dolphins. He had surgery after Thursday’s game and will miss almost a month.
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell spent five seasons in Atlanta (2008-12). The Falcons made the playoffs in four of those years. Caldwell spent 2012 as the Falcons director of player personnel.
Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the Florida Gators in 2011 and 2012. He replaced Gus Bradley in 2013 as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator.
What to Watch:
The pass rush has been just okay. Can the non-starters generate something? The defensive line depth is going to be a must if this is going to be a .500 ball club.
The last few spots of the 53-man roster could be cornerback and wide receiver. Are these battles close? Could a play or two by DB Josh Johnson or WR Arrelious Benn make them safe going into the weekend?
How many offensive and defensive linemen make this team? Clearly the line play will dictate how close contests will be in 2016.
Final cuts are coming. Teams must get to 53 players by Saturday, September 3, at 4 p.m. ET.
Trying to Figure Out:
How can the preseason games be modified? But, of course, still make similar profits for the NFL team owners. No one wants another exhibition game.
Rookie Sheldon Day (back) returned to practice Tuesday after nearly three and a half weeks out. Do we see him for many snaps in the preseason finale?
Averaging 12 penalties per game through the first three preseason games, are the yellow flags going to dwindle?
Gus Bradley named Kelvin Beachum the starting left tackle for the first regular-season game. Beachum, who played 23 snaps against Cincinnati, will have Luke Joeckel next to him as the left guard for Week One. Neither one will play against Atlanta. I guess we don’t have to figure this out anymore. /fistpumps
How to Listen:
1010XL and 92.5 FM will air the game, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Pre-game coverage starts at 4:00. Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman and Tony Boselli will be in the booth with Rick Ballou on the sideline.
Simulcast partner WGNE 99.9 FM will also air the broadcast.
Where to Watch:
The game will be on WJXT Channel 4 on Thursday night. The broadcast crew will be Sam Kouvaris and Mark Brunell. Nikki Kimbleton will be the sideline reporter.