The Jacksonville Jaguars will play their first preseason game tonight against the New England Patriots. We will look for signs of what to expect in the 2017 regular season.

The Jags will begin their season against the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Obviously, we don’t expect the Jacksonville Jaguars to take the win home, but there is a lot we can learn and takeaway from the preseason opener.

All eyes will be on Blake Bortles. Which is expected considering his offseason performance hasn’t exactly given us a lot of answers one way or the other. We should see the Jacksonville quarterback with limited passes and limited creative opportunity. Doug Marrone has made it clear they are still working on Bortles decision making and plan to stick to the run game at all costs.

Speaking of the ground game, the first preseason outing should show us just how serious Doug Marrone and the Jaguars are about their running game commitment. It’s difficult to keep your running backs healthy by not playing them too much in preseason games and committing to a run-only style game. In order to do this successfully, we will also need to watch for an improved and more consistent offensive line. There should be just as many eyes on Jacksonville’s o-line as they will be the key to the Jaguars 2017 success.

Defensively, the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary is still dealing with injuries. We will need to see that the Jags have a backup secondary that is able to step up in the case of injuries later in the season. Luckily, we’ll have a chance to see players like AJ Bouye and Myles Jack on defense and that should be excitement enough for most Jaguars fans.

Overall, we look to see improvement and a solid showing against the New England Patriots.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots

Thursday, August 10, 7:30 pm ET at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

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