Jaguars News: Complete 2015 Training Camp Preview

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been at the bottom of the NFL for many, many years, but this young team looks like they're on the path to playoffs in the foreseeable future. Here's a preview of what to expect in training camp:


The Jags opened up training camp at Mandarin High School on August 1. Here's the rest of the Jaguars 2015 training camp schedule (all times EST):

Thursday, August 6: Practice at 9:55 a.m.

Friday, August 7: Practice at 9:55 a.m.

Saturday, August 8: Scrimmage in EverBank Field at 6:15 p.m.

Sunday, August 9: Players day off – no practice.

Monday, August 10: Practice at 9:55 a.m.

Tuesday, August 11: Practice at 9:55 a.m.

Wednesday, August 12: Practice at 9:55 a.m.

Friday, August 14: Preseason game vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7:30 PM)

Saturday, August 22: Preseason game at New York Giants (7:30 PM)

Friday, August 28: Preseason game vs. Detroit Lions (7:30 PM)

Thursday, September 3: Preseason game at Washington Redskins (7:30 PM)

Position battle to watch:

Center - Stefan Wisniewski vs. Luke Bowanko

Wisniewski is new, but he's a bit more familiar to new offensive coordinator Greg Olson's offense from his time with the Raiders. Bowanko was the starting center last season and performed well beyond his draft selection (sixth round, 205th overall) in his rookie season, though his performance was inconsistent and often left much to be desired. He should have the inside track to start, but Wisniewski will definitely make him earn it.

Top storyline:

Jacksonville's offense is expected to take a step forward this season underneath new coordinator Greg Olson and quarterback Blake Bortles, coupled with the arrival of star tight end Julius Thomas. 

Bortles' progression as an NFL quarterback will hopefully get a boost from the former Denver Broncos tight end, both in giving the young QB a safety valve and a dynamic, big target that can burn both defensive backs and linebackers. The Broncos marked Thomas as expendable early this offseason, pointing to his 300-yard drop in production from 2013 and 2014 as reason enough not to break the bank on him. However, his second-straight 12 touchdown season cemented him as one of the best red zone threats in the game. He'll need to keep that up for the Jags' offense to lift itself out of the doldrums of its 2014 run.

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