The Jacksonville Jaguars will be hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday and Thursday for joint practices prior to their preseason game on Saturday at EverBank Field. The Jaguars haven't been on the joint practice train recently, that used to be common around the NFL, but it's nice to see them get back into it with a team that is in the opposite conference in close proximity. The practices are open to the public, though they're "sold out", as you had to register for the event.
It's going to be nice to see the Jaguars run the drills and practices against not only completely different players, but also against a completely different scheme, as the Buccaneers run a more traditional 4-3 defensive front.
"I hope when you go against a team, another opponent like that you get a lot of different looks. It is going to challenge us mentally. We're going to see different looks than what we have seen all through training camp and in the game, which is good," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley told reporters on Tuesday about the upcoming joint practices.
We'll get some better looks at the defensive backs covering different wide receivers with different skill sets. You'll also get a good look at the offensive line against a pretty good defensive line with one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL in Gerald McCoy.
"Their defensive scheme is different than anything we have seen so I'm hoping it will add to our experiences. I'm hopeful that it's clean, guys compete their tails off, and that we get a lot out of it," Bradley continued. "That strain that I talked about today, I know the next couple of days will be that way, but we need that. I'm really, really excited about this. Really excited for our team and I know our guys are too."
No doubt the Jaguars players will be excited to compete against someone else for a few days, as we're in the part of training camp where it can be a huge drag to go against the same players in every drill day after day. They need to hit someone and go against someone completely new.