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Monday's notebook

We are still a week or two away from the release of the 2012 regular-season schedule but the NFL did announce the preseason opponents last week for the upcoming season.

It might be just preseason, but the Jaguars' opponents will have them well-prepared for the regular season.  The Jaguars are the only team in the NFL to have all four preseason games against 2011 playoff teams.

The Jaguars open the preseason at home against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and former Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin.   It marks the third time in franchise history the Jaguars have faced a defending Super Bowl champion in the preseason (Tampa Bay, 2003; New England, 2004).   The Jaguars and Giants met six times in the preseason from 1996-2001 with both teams winning three times.  It marks the first time since 2008 the Jaguars will open the preseason slate at home.

The Jaguars visit New Orleans in week two for the first preseason game in team history against the Saints.  The two teams have met four times in the regular season with the series tied 2-2.

In week three, the Jaguars travel to Baltimore for their first-ever preseason game against the Ravens.  The Jaguars conclude the preseason at home against Atlanta.  The Jaguars and Falcons have met in the preseason five of the last seven seasons.

Dates and times for all four games will be announced at a later date.

The Jaguars have a 40-29 record in the preseason in their 17 seasons and they have posted a .500 record or better in 13 of the 17 preseasons.

United Way Leadership Circle Award

The United Way recently presented the Jaguars with the 2011 Leadership Circle Award for outstanding increase in leadership giving.  This recognition was given at a United Way event on April 4.

EverBank Field nominated for award

NFL Security has nominated EverBank Field for the Facility of Merit Award from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security for a commitment to making the wanding metal detector program a success.

The EverBank Field stadium operators not only adopted most, if not all of the league's recommendations, they made innovative enhancements to the proposals including:

(a)  The use of express lanes for expedited screening.

(b)  The use of "numbered" high visibility vests worn by the screeners in the entry lanes, so fans would know which screening position to approach.

(c)  The placement of "supermarket-style" plastic bag dispensers at each gate for use by fans to hold their metal objects.

(d)  Excellent signage with graphics to inform fans of the metal detector screening process.

Did you know?

Jaguars defensive tackle Corvey Irvin grew up in Augusta, Georgia.  The city is the  site of the Masters, a major golf tournament played annually at Augusta National Golf Club that finished Sunday. Irvin attended Laney High School in Augusta and played at the University of Georgia where he graduated with a degree in child and family development.

Blood Bank nomination

The officers and directors for the Florida Association of Blood Banks (FABB) have nominated the Jaguars for Overall Most Productive Blood Drive for 2011-2012. The Jaguars annually host a blood drive during training camp at EverBank Field.

Quote of the week

"I think there's a comfort level that everybody has on defense with each other with Mel (Tucker). Most of the coaching staff on the defensive side is returning so that has that familiarity with us. I think guys were comfortable with each other when we first got here and were playing on the field in the first game together. And now I feel like the communication will be a lot better because we kind of know each other's tendencies so to speak. You're going to continue to learn as the offseason progresses, as you get into camp, so there are things that I can't really say right now that we are going to improve upon but having us together for that amount of time is going to help tremendously."

Jaguars safety Dwight Lowery on the return of defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Mel Tucker
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