As the Jacksonville Jaguars began their preparations for the 2013 season this week with their first offseason training sessions, they announced on Thursday the four opponents that they will play in order to tune up for the regular season.
The Jaguars will open up the Gus Bradley era at EverBank Field against the Miami Dolphins followed by a road game against the New York Jets, a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles and they close out the preseason with a trip to take on the Atlanta Falcons. The dates and times for the Jaguars four preseason game will be announced at a later date.
While most people choose to ignore the preseason, it may be more important than ever for the Jaguars this season as they start the rebuilding process. The Jaguars have already gotten significantly younger this offseason and should get even younger with the NFL Draft and college free agency looming on the horizon. The four preseason games the Jaguars play will go a long way towards who will be named their starting quarterback going into 2013 whether it be Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne or whoever they bring in to compete with those guys in training camp.
Perhaps the most intriguing game on the Jaguars preseason schedule is the week two matchup with the Jets. If Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is still on the roster, he figures to see some playing time against his hometown team. Jaguars fans will also get an up close look at the new look Eagles and the up tempo offense of new head coach Chip Kelly in the third “dress rehearsal” preseason game.
The Jaguars regular season schedule will be announced later in the month of April.