Dolphins vs Jaguars : Nick Foles will make his long-awaited Jaguars debut when Jacksonville visits the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the NFL preseason. It’s an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on Thursday from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Foles, named Super Bowl MVP following the 2017 season with the Eagles, signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars this offseason with $50 million guaranteed. He replaces Blake Bortles, who was released after Jacksonville went 5-11 last year.
Remember the good old days when NFL head coaches would play their starting quarterbacks a series in Week 1 of the preseason, about a quarter in Week 2 and then at least the first half in Week 3? Yeah, those days are long gone.
More and more coaches are opting to only play their quarterbacks in Week 3 – if at all. A whopping 12 starting quarterbacks have yet to take a snap entering Week 3, including three former NFL MVPs in the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton and Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.
The Jaguars’ starters are ready to play football. Finally.
Coach Doug Marrone led an organizational decision to hold out nearly all of the team’s key players from preseason games against Baltimore and Philadelphia. But that will change Thursday night in Miami.
That’s when quarterback Nick Foles and many others who will be on the 53-man roster when the season opens Sept. 8 against Kansas City will have their first and final tuneup.
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“You go out there and you are looking to see how they perform,” Marrone said. “I think that is what you are always looking for whether it is the exhibition season or during the year. Guys that can perform at the most critical time when the game starts.”
A sure-to-be focus on the FOX national broadcast will be Foles and justifiably so. Fans in Jacksonville and around the country are interested to see what the Jaguars have in their $88 million…