The NFL gave the Jaguars an attractive preseason home opener. The league announced Wednesday the Jaguars will host the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and former Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin the weekend of Aug. 9-11 at EverBank Field. Exact dates and times will be announced later. The Jaguars will not have any national TV appearances during the preseason.
Terrance Knighton realizes vanquishing the story line that has followed him for the past three seasons is in his own hands. That’s why he intends for this to be the year when everybody stops talking about his weight because they don’t have to anymore. "It’s not going to change overnight because I came in in good shape today," Knighton said on Wednesday. "I want to prove to them this year that I won’t be a problem and go above and beyond their expectations and show that I’m committed to it and it’s an area where I’ve matured and changed."
The Jaguars’ present will meet the past to open the 2012 preseason. The present will meet last year’s Super Bowl champions, too. Mike Mularkey, the Jaguars’ new head coach, will make his preseason debut in that position early in August in a home game at EverBank Field – and he will do so against former Jaguars Head Coach Tom Coughlin and the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Jaguars-Giants preseason opener was part of the 2012 preseason lineup released by the NFL Wednesday afternoon.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew had as good of a season in 2011 as any running back in the NFL -- and every defense Jacksonville faced keyed on stopping him. Averaging 4.7 yards per carry under his circumstances was truly a remarkable performance. Everyone makes note of Jones-Drew’s lack of size when discussing him, but he’s a very powerful runner with exceptional leverage.