The Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Detroit Lions in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. Both teams won in Week 1 of the preseason as the Jaguars beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-23 and the Lions beat the New York Giants 21-16. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET from Ford Field and will air on NFL Network.
Trevor Lawrence and the rest of the starters played a few series’ in their opening win. Lawrence's 5-6 for 36 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It was good to see him connect with Christian Kirk and Calvin Ridley a few times as those will be his top targets this season. The standout player of the game for them was Tank Bigsby. He was one of the more underrated players coming out of the draft and he showed that he will have a strong role in this offense. Bigsby had nine carries for 52 yards in the opener.
Which Jaguars will play, expected inactives
The Lions didn't play many starters and we could see them in Week 2. We did get to see Jammer Gibbs for a few series. He had six carries for 19 yards and a 18 yard reception. Jameson Williams also made some plays for the Lions as he had two receptions for 18 yards. This is a young team, but the NFC North has regressed a bit, so they have a shot at winning the NFC North for the first time ever.
Which Lions will play, expected inactives
Game day update: Rookies RB Jahmyr Gibbs and TE Sam LaPorta are expected to sit out Saturday’s preseason game. We can expect to see rookie LB Jack Campbell and rookie S Brian Branch playing, per James Palmer.
Teddy Bridgewater will start for the #lions today. The vast majority of starters won’t play and that’s expected to include rookies RB Jahmyr Gibbs and TE Sam LaPorta. But two key rookies are expected play on the defensive side of the ball. pic.twitter.com/ps9xQBlPZU— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 19, 2023
The Lions will save their starters.
Dan Campbell said on @StoneyJansen this morning Lions starters won’t play in Saturday’s preseason game and possibly a few select rookies will join them on the sidelines. No surprise, obviously, with a second week of joint practices going on— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) August 17, 2023
The Lions will be able to test out their wide receiver depth in this game. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams will both be out. We should see Teddy Bridgewater and Nate Sudfeld get the most work at quarterback.