Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
When and Where: Thursday, Aug. 22, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla., 8 p.m. EDT.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to get a second turn with the first offensive unit Thursday night as the battle for starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins continues with their third preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Foles set for long-awaited Jags debut
After watching the first two games from the sidelines and rookie sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew try to stake a claim to the No. 2 job with a credible performance in last Thursday’s 24-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Foles will finally take live snaps against an opposing defense for the first time this preseason.
2nd game coaching and I love it we’re getting better ✝️🤝 pic.twitter.com/Q4LUQPfGKm
— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) August 16, 2019
“If you have a chance to play, to go out there and get a few plays, it’s always great to get that game feel, that game preparation,” Foles said after practice Sunday. “Based on what coach decides, it would be good for us.”
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone has been extremely conservative about exposing his starters to potential injuries in the preseason over the first two games and held out 27 players from the Philadelphia game. In the case of Foles, it made sense considering three of Jacksonville’s expected starting linemen — Cam Robinson, Andrew Norvell, and Jawaan Taylor — all practiced together for the first time last week.
“They’re really the most important piece of the offense,” Foles said of his linemen. “The way they work together, the way they communicate, is a work of art. To have them all out there is huge for us. It’s happening at the right time.”
The Jaguars also got good news on the personnel front over the weekend as top wideout Marquise Lee was activated off the PUP list. He missed all of last season after tearing all three right knee ligaments in the third preseason game and had his first practice Saturday.
“It’s all mental at this point,” said Lee, who had 56 catches for 702 yards in 2017 while helping Jacksonville reach the AFC title game. “I feel like the physical aspect of it … I did all the rehab and all the things I need to do. Now, I just have to make sure I stay calm and take it slow. There’s no worries. I’m going to be fine as long as I manage and make sure I take care of myself.”
On the defensive side, linebacker Myles Jack earned praise from Marrone for his versatility across all three positions, with the second-year coach noting “I can put him at Sam (strong-side linebacker) tomorrow, and he’d be a great Sam linebacker. I can put him at Will (weak-side linebacker), and he’ll be a great Will linebacker. I can keep at Mike (middle linebacker) and he’s a great Mike linebacker.
“There are a lot of things he can do, and we’re fortunate to have him. He’s done a really good job for us.”
So in Game 3, Foles, running back Leonard Fournette, defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive tackle Abry Jones, wide receiver Dede Westbrook and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue might finally their first action of the preseason.