The Jacksonville Jaguars will kick off their 2013 training camp at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville. Players will report on July 25 and practices will begin on July 26.
For the public, they’ll be allowed to attend eight free practices including the Aug. 3 scrimmage.
Training Camp Schedule
Friday, July 26-July 29: Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31: Practice at 9:55 a.m. (first one in pads)
Thursday, Aug. 1-2: Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 3: Scrimmage 6:45 p.m.
Camp will continue through Aug. 15 but practices will be closed to the public.
August 9 – Miami Dolphins 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 17 – At New York Jets 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 24 – Philadelphia Eagles 7:30 p.m. EDT
August 29 – At Atlanta Falcons 7:30 p.m. EDT
Training Camp Storylines
A lot of change has come to this team for the 2013 season after its league-tying, franchise worst 2-14 record with the Kansas City Chiefs. The team has a new general manager David Caldwell, new head coach Gus Bradley and some new players.
This team can really only get better.
A topic of conversation for its possible next change is who will be the team’s starting quarterback.
Will this new regime say enough already with third-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert and pull the cord or give the mediocre player one last chance?
Other than Gabbert, the team’s other quarterback options aren’t so great with Chad Henne and offseason addition former New England Patriot Mike Kafka. One plus for Henne is his rapport with wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who saw his play improve once Henne took over the reins for an injured Gabbert last season.
In terms of records, both quarterbacks only had one last year and Gabbert will again, for a third time, be learning a new system with yet another new coach, offensive coordinator and his quarterback coach, Frank Scelfo. He reportedly isn’t letting this get in the way but Scelfo sounded a little cynical about his quarterback options.
He said via Jacksonville.com, “Somebody is going to be the starter. That’s the rule — you need a starting quarterback.”
Kafka and rookie Matt Scott will compete for the third spot but don’t count out quarterback No. 5, Jordan Rodgers, who’s been absent this offseason thanks to sports hernia surgery.
Not helping offensive matters is top running back Maurice Jones-Drew and wide receiver Justin Blackmon will evaluated in the next few days to determine their participation in training camp.
Jones-Drew, recovering from December foot surgery, was absent from the team’s off-season program and won’t practice until he gets the green light after meeting with doctors. The player has been confident about his return–in this contract year no less-and reported early to the stadium for rehabbing this week
Meanwhile Blackmon is a different story. He is recovering from June groin surgery and had been limited in OTAs and mini camp. He is expected to be eased into training camp slowly but isn’t likely to hit the PUP list.
Not helping matters is his four-game suspension at start of the season. Barring any repercussions from last year’s concussions, look for fellow receiver Cecil Short III to step up and improve from his 979 yards and seven touchdowns.
Will he hit a 1,000 yard season?
Over on the offensive line, high expectations are riding on rookie tackle Luke Joeckel, who will make the move from left tackle to right tackle, which could be challenging.
The team has seen the exit of many key players and have ushered in new ones including the cornerback Alan Ball, linebacker Geno Hayes and defensive tackle Roy Miller from free agency. Additional players from the draft that are hoping to be great secondary additions includes the green cornerbacks Dwayne Gratz, Jeremy Harris, and Demetrius McCray as well as safety Johnathan Cyprien.
On the defensive line, the team also has some bigger defensive tackles including T.J. Barnes, Brandon Deaderick, Kyle Love, Sen’Derrick Marks, Roy Miller and D’Anthony Smith.
Will younger, bigger players be the answer to the defense’s problems? The team hopes so but two veterans are still expected to contribute, defensive end Jason Babin and linebacker Paul Posluszny.
But because things happen in threes, Babin is recovering from June groin surgery and is awaiting clearance to return to action.