Getting to know the Atlanta Falcons final preseason opponent of 2019
The Atlanta Falcons will face their final preseason foe of 2019 tonight as they travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Several roster spots will be decided this evening as there are battles too close to call.
This will be the first of two scheduled meetings between the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 as they will square off again in week 16 when Jacksonville visits Mercedes Benz Stadium for the first time.
Tonight will be a game that won’t feature much of the starters for either team and will be more of an opportunity for the young players on the roster cut bubble to prove why they have earned a spot.
We took the time this week to speak to David Levin over at Black and Teal to get an idea of what Jacksonville will look like in 2019.
1.Has the change to Nick Foles made a difference in the regards to the moral of the franchise?
"It was evident the moment the team introduced him to the organization and the fanbase.The Jaguars wanted a major change at quarterback and to move as far away from the Blake Bortles era as possible. The players are behind their new signal caller and have preached how he makes them a better team.The coaching staff has also preached team chemistry since the first day of OTAs."
2. Jalen Ramsey showed up to camp in an armored truck, is he going to be a bigger distraction in 2019?
"I don’t think so. Ramsey has said in his most recent spot with the media he is an entertainer but knows football is also a business.Head coach Doug Marrone backed that up by saying that once Ramsey gets inside the building, it is all about playing football. There is a maturity about him on the field. You can see it. He has said he does not want to be a leader, but his play and effort leads by example.I expect this to be his best season in a Jaguars uniform."
3. Jags were busy have added quite a few free agents, who stands out among them heading into the final preseason game?
"Chris Conley has shown the chemistry with Foles may make him a “go-to” receiver here in Jacksonville. From the moment they stepped onto the practice field it has been apparent.Look for Conley to become the Jaguars second option in the passing game. Dede Westbrook will still be the team’s first option, but it would not surprise me if both wide receivers catch 80 passes.I also like the Geoff Swaim signing from Dallas. The Jaguars will put a serious emphasis on using the tight end more in the offense this season. Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo has stated it many times in speaking with the media. Known as a blocker, Swaim could be a big part of the passing game."
4. Who has to improve the most for the Jaguars to get back to the playoffs?
"Does it have to be a person? The Jaguars offensive line is the biggest question mark of the coming season.Jacksonville used four left different left tackles last season due to injury and every starter from Week 1 was hurt at some point with the exception of right guard A.J. Cann. Will Richardson and Cann are battling for the right guard spot in the starting lineup. There is depth and the line looks more cohesive.Solid line play will lead to a better running game as well"
5. Biggest reason the experts will be wrong about the Jaguars in 2019 is_______.
"The running game will be better this season. Leonard Fournette is healthy and running with a purpose. Foles throws a spiral we haven’t seen since Mark Brunell.The Jaguars defense was better than many thought last season and the players who were here last season are playing with a chip on their shoulders. It should make for a better season."
"I have said Foles gets this team three more wins just by being on the field."