The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday they will hold two days of joint practices prior to their preseason game Aug. 18.
The two teams will practice together Aug. 15-16 (Wednesday-Thursday) in Minnesota ahead of their 1 p.m. game at U.S. Bank Stadium. That will be the second preseason game for each team.
“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,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said in a statement released by the team. “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.”
The Jaguars have the first of 10 organized team activities practices Tuesday. A three-day mandatory veteran minicamp follows June 12-14, and the first training camp practice is July 26.
This will be the third consecutive year the Jaguars have held joint practices with another team. Last year, they practiced with the New England Patriots for two days in Foxborough, Mass., and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two days in Jacksonville. In 2016, the Jaguars also hosted the Buccaneers for two days of practice.
Facing the Vikings should be a good tuneup for the Jaguars’ defense, particularly a secondary that was the stingiest in terms of passing yards allowed last season.
Minnesota signed quarterback Kirk Cousins in March to a three-year, $84 million contract that is fully guaranteed. Cousins, who has thrown 99 touchdowns against 55 interceptions during his six-year career, is expected to lead an offense that includes receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs as well as running back Dalvin Cook, who is recovering from ACL surgery.
The Vikings lost to Philadelphia in the NFC title game last season.
The Jaguars begin the preseason by hosting New Orleans on Aug. 9. After traveling to Minnesota, they host Atlanta (Aug. 25) and play at Tampa Bay (Aug. 30) prior to opening the regular season at the New York Giants on Sept. 9.
Both practice sessions in Minnesota are free and open to the public. The Jaguars are not currently expected to be involved in any other joint practices this year.