Hard Knocks 2014: Jaguars one of 8 eligible teams for HBO reality show

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars volunteered for "Hard Knocks" in 2012, turned it down in 2013, but going forward the rules of the show have changed and they're one of 8 eligible teams.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of eight eligible teams for the hit HBO reality show "Hard Knocks", which typically airs during the NFL's preseason. The Jaguars have appeared once before on the original iteration of the show that aired on NFL Network back in 2004, called "Inside Training Camp: Jaguars Summer." but have since both volunteered and declined to be on HBO's version of the show.

The NFL has instituted new rules for the show however, after the network struggled to find a team to volunteer and/or agree to be subject to the behind the scenes look and ending up with the Cincinnati Bengals appeared on the show once again.

Starting this summer, if a team does not volunteer to be on the show the NFL can force a team to appear on the show based on a set of criteria, which is as follows:

1. The team doesn't have a new head coach.
2. Hasn't made the playoffs in the last two seasons.
3. Hasn't been on the show in the last 10 years.

The Jaguars, along with the Bills, Bears, Cardinals, Rams, Raiders and Steelers fit this criteria.

Last season Gus Bradley indicated he would prefer to not have the show, but it's very possible that was just for his rookie season as a head coach while figuring everything out. Personally, with the potential of the Jaguars having a Top 3 pick at the quarterback position and with Bradley's personality, I think the Jaguars would be a great fit on the show.

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