Jaguars to open 13 training camp practices to public including July 28 in St. Johns County;
Club will hold scrimmage at EverBank Field on Saturday, August 2
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2014 training camp is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 24 when all of the players under contract are scheduled to report. The first practice session will take place on Friday, July 25 at 9:55 a.m. on the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields adjacent to EverBank Field. The schedule is highlighted by an open practice on Monday, July 28 at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We are excited to announce our 2014 training camp schedule,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. “We want our fans to be a part of our journey and they will have the opportunity to watch 13 practices including our practice in St. Johns County and the annual scrimmage inside the stadium. We had a productive offseason and our players are looking forward to getting back to work as we continue preparations for the 2014 season.”
A total of 13 training camp practice sessions will be open to the public for viewing over the first 20 days including the scrimmage inside EverBank Field on Saturday, August 2. There is no admission charge for training camp, and free parking will be available in the parking lots surrounding the stadium. Fans must register at jaguars.com, beginning July 8th, and show a proof of RSVP at the gate before entering.
Following is more specific information regarding the Jaguars’ 2014 training camp:
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The schedule throughout training camp is subject to change, but currently is as follows:
Thursday, July 24 Players report (media availability TBA)
Friday, July 25 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Saturday, July 26 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Sunday, July 27 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Monday, July 28 Practice at 6:00 p.m. (Bartram Trail High School)
Tuesday, July 29 Players day off – no practice
Wednesday, July 30 Practice at 9:55 a.m. (first day of full pads)
Thursday, July 31 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Friday, August 1 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Saturday, August 2 Scrimmage in stadium at 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, August 3 Players day off – no practice
Monday, August 4 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Tuesday, August 5 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Wednesday, August 6 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Thursday, August 7 Practice at 11:00 a.m. (not open to public)
Friday, August 8 Jaguars vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 9 Practice at 3:00 p.m. (not open to public)
Sunday, August 10 Players day off – no practice
Monday, August 11 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
Tuesday, August 12 Practice at 9:55 a.m.
By: Eric Serna (@MrEricAlmighty)
It really is crazy how the World Cup has taken the USA by storm. Now that we have been eliminated, you can’t help but notice the new “trending topic” is the discussion on other sport athletes learning to play soccer for the next World Cup. How would LeBron James do as a soccer player? Could Johnny Manziel use his quick feet to score goals for the US Men’s soccer team? Calvin Johnson, Russell Westbrook, etc…..
So while we patiently wait for our football to start for the Jacksonville Jaguars, let us ponder the question: What current Jaguars could physically play soccer in the next World Cup? We will forget the incredible challenges that occur in learning a completely different sport, as well as the fact that football players who play dual-sports are rare (if not extinct). Let’s have some fun with this and just look at the talent/speed we have on the roster to answer this question.
Of course the favorites to be on the list are going to be Denard Robinson and Ace Sanders. And how could they not be? Robinson (running in the 4.4 40 range) and Sanders (running in the 4.5 range) are both fast in pads. Take all the equipment off? One would think these players can only get faster with the right conditioning for soccer. Although soccer players come in all sorts of sizes and heights, I would say Robinson would be the best chance to make a real soccer team.
But let’s look a little deeper into the roster. Guys like Brian Anger and Telvin Smith have good height (6’3) and weight (a leaner 200+) to survive the hits they would take. Footwork would be in question but if we are talking about pure talent, then we can see two players who could play some ball. Although Anger has the “kicking” experience, I would say Smith would have the upper hand due to his speed (running in the 4.4 range) and overall athletic ability.
And last but not least, Mercedes Lewis. He would be the perfect goalie at 6-6 who doesn't really need to “catch” the ball to be considered good. I kid, I kid. (Although seriously Mercedes, step it up this year.) Now I am not a soccer expert in any way, so I need all of our readers to tell me who I missed or if someone I listed would fall flat on their faces on a soccer field. You guys can respond on 1010XL’s Facebook page or get to me directly on Twitter @MrEricALMIGHTY. I look forward to seeing what you guys (and girls) come up with!
By: Eric Serna (@MrEricAlmighty)
Right now the media and sports fans are zoned in on the FIFA World Cup. But some of us waiting for a different football to start have been paying attention to the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2014. A hot topic among football fans with many disagreements ensuing each week more players are revealed. One of the teams excluded to the point (and yet maybe unsurprising) is our Jacksonville Jaguars.
Now I am jumping the gun with the assumption that there will be no Jaguars player in the remaining Top 20 spots. The only player on the Jaguars roster who does deserve a spot on the list this year is Paul Posluszny, who despite some flaws is easily one of the Top 100 players in the league. But I attribute his denial onto the list more towards the league wide opinion of the Jaguars. Luckily, we have hope this will be changing in the next few years.
So since we (as Jaguars fans) are left looking from the outside in, why not look ahead at some potential players who can make the list among peers in 2015? I’ll set the expectations lower for rookies who have yet to play a down in the NFL. We will look at players with track records and who can improve enough in one year to deserve a spot on this list.
Of course the defense should prove to be a Jaguars player best chance to make the Top 100. With sleepers such as Andre Branch or Sen’Derrick Marks, there could be a surprise candidate that emerges. But most likely we are looking at Posluszny, Johnathan Cyprien or even Dwayne Gratz to show enough in the next 16 games to warrant a spot next year.
On offense the only realistic player who could make the leap is Cecil Shorts III. If he can stay healthy and can improve on his production, there is no reason he should be left off the list next year. The biggest sleeper is Toby Gerhart, who could have a monster season in his first year (as I have alluded to in the past). If Eddie Lacy can make the list as a rookie, Gerhart can make the list in his first year as a starter.
I’d love to hear if there are any other potential picks in your mind; see who we will be keeping a close eye on. Although I wouldn't expect more than one player to make the list next year, who knows what this year will have in store for us! We can only hope that the players listed above will show the league more than just the glimpses of greatness we have seen so far. The reward will be more the just making a Top 100 list of players. It will bring us closer to the ultimate prize every year in February.
Jaguars single game tickets go on sale Friday;
Exclusive pre-sale for season ticket members starts tomorrow
Single game tickets for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2014 home games will be available to the public beginning this Friday, June 27, at 10 a.m. An exclusive pre-sale for season ticket members will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 24. Single game tickets may be purchased online at jaguars.com or ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Jaguars ticket office at 1-877-4-jags-tix or 904-633-2000.
For the first time, the Jaguars will employ variable pricing for single game tickets for their home games this season against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. There are no price increases for Jaguars season tickets in 2014, and single-game prices for the team’s seven other home games in Jacksonville will remain flat compared to last season as well.
The Jaguars continue to have one of the lowest average ticket prices – both season and single game – in the National Football League. Variable pricing will have no effect on season ticket members or the price they pay for their tickets.
“In fact, the adoption of variable ticket pricing for single game purchases increases the value of Jaguars season tickets by including all games at the same lower price,” said Jaguars President Mark Lamping. “As we have said, growing our local revenue is crucial. Increasing our average ticket price at the gate for select, high-demand games helps us achieve that goal while, at the same time, protecting the value our season ticket holders deserve.”
Variable pricing is a concept that is in use by other NFL teams as well as in the NBA, the NHL, MLB and the NCAA to better reflect the value of tickets based on supply and demand.
The average single game variable ticket price for the Steelers game on Sunday, Oct. 5, will be about 40 percent higher than the regular single game ticket price. For the Giants game on Sunday, Nov. 30, the average single game variable price is about 20 percent higher.
The Jaguars will continue to offer a three-game mini pack that allows the purchase of great seats at a substantial discounted rate.
The Jaguars’ home games at EverBank Field this season are:
Friday, Aug. 8, vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (preseason) Sunday, Oct. 26, vs. Miami Dolphins
Thursday, Aug. 28, vs. Atlanta Falcons (preseason) Sunday, Nov. 30, vs. New York Giants
Sunday, Sept. 21, vs. Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Dec. 7, vs. Houston Texans
Sunday, Oct. 5, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Dec. 18, vs. Tennessee Titans
Sunday, Oct. 19, vs. Cleveland Browns
By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
The toughest thing for the Jacksonville Jaguars now will be to wait before the team gets ready for training camp in two months.
That’s a pretty long wait.
And for any coach, or “father,” that wait comes with the hope that the 90 players on the current roster “do their job” by staying out of trouble, staying in shape and continue to show respect for the colors and the uniform they wear in practice each day.
The Jaguars had a good minicamp and were impressive in OTAs, but all of that could be for naught of trouble follows this time this offseason. Last year, dealing with issues from Justin Blackmon and Maurice Jones-Drew, was a prime example of how downtime can not only hurt a player, but can also hurt a team?
I was told a long time ago the worst thing a young athlete with a lot of money and a lot of time on his hands is a recipe for disaster. I am not saying it will happen here in Jacksonville, but it is inevitable that one or more teams will announce that a player – possibly a mega star – will get stopped for DUI or will be charged with assault or something along those lines, where the media will jump all over the event and make more of it than it might actually be.
The Jaguars “father,” Gus Bradley, will have a long wait to make sure all his sons walk the straight and narrow.
With the money that is handed over to these players also comes a belief they are responsible enough to follow directions, but we all know it only takes one bad seed or mistake to ruin it for the others and the franchise. Ask Khalif Barnes, Reggie Williams, Jones-Drew, Blackmon and Matt Jones about doing their job both on and off the field.
Ask Terrance Knighton what happens when you are at a nightclub well into the night. Ask Jeremy Mincey what happens when your personal and fun life become more important than being part of the Jaguars.
Coincidentally, only Blackmon (barely) is the only player is still connected to the franchise.
If the Jaguars are going to be a team on the rise, they must be held accountable for everything done on and of the playing field. Every NFL team must do that. Let’s hope we are reading about player features and the team’s caravan and how ticket sales are increasing. Those things are positive influences. The last thing we need is to hear how our players are not doing their job, rather being a distraction and embarrassment to this franchise. Many times it is not the act that hurts a player or team, it is the consequences that follow that are detrimental.