The Jaguars will travel to Minnesota for their annual training camp joint practices this year.
The Vikings will host the Jaguars for a set of workouts prior to their August 18 preseason clash at U.S. Bank Stadium. The joint practices will take place August 15-16.
“We look forward to traveling to Minnesota to work with Coach Zimmer and his team at their new state-of-the-art facility, the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center,” Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said in a team-distributed statement
“Having the opportunity to practice with another conference finalist during training camp will allow us to compete with great players and coaches and continue to push ourselves. We believe that these joint sessions will provide us with an opportunity to improve as a football team, which is always the goal for training camp.”
Minnesota and Jacksonville were the runners-up in the NFC and AFC last season, respectively. The two teams will look to fuel their improvement this season by facing off against fellow Super Bowl contenders.
Adding to the intrigue is new Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will be heavily scouted during his initial season in Minnesota. While the Vikings' defense is among the league's best, the Jaguars' unit will serve as Cousins' first major external test as Minnesota's quarterback.
This is the second-straight year that the Jaguars have traveled for joint practices.
Last year, the Jaguars migrated to Foxborough, Mass. to take part in joint practices with the New England Patriots prior to their preseason matchup.
Jacksonville hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for joint practices during the past two training camps. The Jaguars will face the Buccaneers for the third-straight preseason this year as well, although a joint practice agreement has yet to be announced between the two teams.
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