The preseason has finally come to a close with the Jaguars falling to the Falcons 17-15, bringing their preseason record to 1-3. Although these games did not matter to the fans, it mattered to the front office, coaching staff, and players. But now that the preseason is over, everyone around Jacksonville is feeling anxious for the season to finally start and to see their Jaguars play some real football.
The Jaguars did not play any of the expected starters in this matchup against the Falcons, but this game was still important. This game was for the players fighting for roster spots, and also to show their value not only to the Jaguars, but also for the teams around the league. QB Brandon Allen’s poise in his first start and RB Cory Grant’s speed running the ball stood out. Safety Josh Evans might have played his way out of a roster spot, and CB Dwayne Gratz did nothing to separate himself in a crowded secondary. Thoughts on who might make the team can be found here.
Rookies Myles Jack and Sheldon Day got some crucial playing time against the Falcons. Jack got the start at weakside linebacker, while Day made his Jaguars debut after battling a back injury this preseason. This was an excellent opportunity for both Jack and Day to show why the Jaguars selected them with the second and third round pick in this past draft, respectively, and they both played really well.
“Usually at this time of the year, we are looking for players from other teams like these last couple of years,” Caldwell said. “This is a situation where we are going to cut some players who are going to go out and play for someone else.”
Caldwell knows that whoever they cut will most likely be picked up by another NFL team, which is something that was not true the past three years under this rebuild.
NFL deadline to reduce the team rosters from 75 players to 53 by 4:00 p.m., Saturday.
After that deadline, the Jaguars host the season opener on Sunday, September 11 against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at 1:00 p.m. at Everbank Field.