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2016 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp: Dates, times, position battles, and more

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The Jaguars are starting training camp this week. Here's everything you need to know to keep up.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will begin their 2016 training camp this week with the first of more than 10 practices that will be free and open to fans.

To attend, fans should register in advance online at www.jaguars.com/trainingcamppractices.

Quarterbacks, rookies, and first-year players will be arriving on Monday. Veterans will be arriving on Wednesday and with practice starting on Thursday. Open training camp practices start on Friday.

2016 training camp dates (open to public)

Friday, July 29
Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
Tuesday, August 2
Wednesday, August 3
Thursday, August 4
Friday, August 5 (Family Night scrimmage at EverBank Field) 
Monday, August 8 
Tuesday, August 9 
Wednesday, August 17 (with Tampa Bay Buccaneers) 
Thursday, August 18 (with Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Open practices will take place from 10:00am to 12:20pm, but the schedule is subject to change.

In addition, the Jaguars previously announced they will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two joint training camp practices on Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18. Public registration for the Family Night scrimmage and the joint practices with Tampa Bay will be announced at a later date.

Gates will open each day at 9:30 a.m. Free parking is available in Lots M and N, which must be accessed via Lot J on the stadium’s west side due to the ongoing construction on Franklin Street. Concessions will be available for purchase on site. Limited player autograph availability will occur after the conclusion of each practice.

Position battles to watch

Here's our full list of the best position battles that this year's training camp will bring.

Among the most interesting will probably be T.J. Yeldon vs. Chris Ivory, Johnathan Cyprien vs. James Sample, and Yannick Ngakoue vs. all the young pass rushers to see who lines up opposite LEO Dante Fowler. See the full list along with what to watch for here.

And make sure you watch our animated short on what will likely be the most important position battle: Blake Bortles' blindside. Will Kelvin Beachum unseat Luke Joeckel at left tackle. Does Mackenzy Bernadeau have what it takes to play along the interior? Watch the video here!

How will the rookies perform?

Except for sixth-round pick quarterback Brandon Allen, every player selected in the 2016 NFL Draft plays on the defensive side of the ball. That means there will be big expectations for Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, Yannick Ngakoue, Sheldon Day, and Tyrone Holmes.

What did anonymous NFL scouts say about Jalen Ramsey before the draft? Read their notes here. Also, don't worry about Jalen's rookie camp injury because he's not. What are his best and worst case scenarios for 2016? Tashaun Gipson seems to think Jalen is up to the task with "the mindset of a five-year veteran".

Is the OTTO linebacker the best fit for rookie linebacker Myles Jack? We don't think so and here's why. How did Myles perform at UCLA and how does that skillset transfer into the Jaguars' defensive scheme? What were anonymous scouts saying about Myles leading up to the draft? And what are some best and worst case scenarios for Myles in 2016?

What did Yannick Ngakoue display at Maryland that made him as high of a target as he was? What is Yannick's floor and ceiling in 2016? Why do we think he can make an impact now as a rookie?

Why do we think Sheldon Day was too much of a value to pass up in the fourth round? What are Sheldon's best and worst case scenarios for his rookie year? Is he good enough to cause worry among any veteran defensive tackles? (Yes, yes he is.)

How did Tyrone Holmes feel about getting drafted by the Jaguars? What makes us think Holmes has the highest ceiling of any pass rusher the team picked? What are his best and worst case scenarios for 2016?