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Hard Knocks 2015: Jaguars one of 9 eligible teams for reality TV show

The Jaguars volunteered to do Hard Knocks in 2012, turned it down in 2013, and were passed over in 2014. But they're eligible once again for HBO's reality show about life inside an NFL training camp.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are one of nine eligible teams for the 2015 rendition of 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. Starting in the summer of 2014, 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 Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, and Washington fit this criteria.

With Blake Bortles entering his second year, a host of up-and-coming talent on both sides of the ball, and a head coach in Gus Bradley entering his third season leading the team, the franchise has a stability it didn't have last year. They could be one of the better teams to take part in the series, but the question always is, "Should they?"

What do you think? Should the Jaguars take the risk of distraction that comes with being on HBO's "Hard Knocks" or would it be better for them to stay as concentrated as possible on the 2015 season?