The Jacksonville Jaguars’ first home game will take place on Friday as they will take on the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Both the teams have plans to play their starters for limited snaps throughout the process, which could give certain bubble players limited opportunities to make a last impression before Tuesday’s roster cuts.
For the Jags, Friday’s game will give fans an opportunity to see most of the first-team offense together for the first time under new coach Doug Pederson. That includes quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who sat out of the Hall of Fame Game Thursday. Fans will also get a preview of running back Travis Etienne, who has been a star at camp after missing the full 2021 regular season with a Lisfranc injury.
The Jags hired Pederson in February to help get Lawrence and the offense on track after a disastrous 2021 season under Urban Meyer. So far, the changes that have come with Pederson have helped the culture drastically and Lawrence has looked significantly better due to being able to focus on his performance more. However, due to construction at the Jags’ facility, fans haven’t been able to personally watch the team this offseason, making Friday’s game one that’s been heavily anticipated.
There will be a lot for fans to watch on the defensive side as well. Free agent additions like defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi and linebacker Foye Oluokun will be making their 2022 preseason debuts after sitting out last week. The Jags signed both to long-term deals this spring and Friday will give fans a chance to see how both players could bolster the defense, which ranked 20th last season.