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"Blaine Gabbert's first week of training camp has included impressive throws, nifty runs and deft decisions, making him look more like a regular than a rookie." Associated Press

Paul Kuharsky of checks in on the progress of first-round pick Blaine Gabbert.

"Being a backup quarterback in the NFL is the easiest job in the world because everybody thinks you are better than the starter," Gabbert said. "That couldn't be more wrong. That changes real quick when you start playing on the football field."

Wide receiver Jarett Dillard sat down with Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union to discuss his first three NFL seasons which have consisted of injuries and signs of being a reliable receiver. "I really want to help the Jaguars get to the playoffs," Dillard said. "Let's go deep in the playoffs. Let's go for greatness. I want to contribute to the ultimate goal of greatness for the Jaguars."

Wednesday's notebook from the Florida Times-Union.

"Under the pending CBArules, the pool of money teams are allowed to spend on rookies will apply to both the salary cap and cash, meaning the incentives and bonuses that once allowed agents to negotiate cap-friendly rookie deals for big money no longer are possible." USA Today

Pete Prisco of catches up with new Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips

Texans Pro Bowl wideout Andre Johnson suffered an injury at Tuesday's practice.

Alex Marvez of gives his winners and losers in free agency. 

Former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder is learning under veteran Donovan McNabb

The Colts picked up a veteran defensive tackle.

The New York Timeslooks at where the NFL stands with H.G.H. testing.

The Titans are hoping free agents play a prominent role in 2011.

Tweet, Tweet

Gabbert rolls right, has rusher bearing down, gives Shorts a chance a bit up right side. Shorts great stretching catch. #Jaguars

@espn_afcsouth (Paul Kuharsky of who covers the AFC South)

Nice practice. Getting my punch sharpened up

@TheSeventyFifth (offensive tackle Eugene Monroe)

Del Rio says Gabbert came in very respectful of the other two QBs and that's why Garrard has responded well and helped him so much.

@taniaganguli (Florida Times-Union writer Tania Ganguli)

Good days work and have the luxury to enjoy the night @home. Glad to be back doin what we love #Football'sBack

@MikeThomasJax (wide receiver Mike Thomas)

Good goalline and contact work tonight at Jaguars practice. Joe Cullen's voice is gone

@JohnOehser ( Sr. Writer John Oehser)

Heading home to see the wife and the pup! Love nights off in training camp!

@ZachPotter88 (tight end Zach Potter)

Up and at it…Sleeping in my own bed last night felt great…But it was even better to be with my son…#dayofflife

@MrGrEeNe36 (safety Courtney Greene)

I just had fudge brownies warmed up and then topped with vanilla ice cream. #comfortfood

@kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

Done with practice! Now to be grateful for this day off tomorrow! Blessed for this opportunity, healing up and relaxing.

@Gelliman82 (rookie wide receiver Greg Ellingson)

Every day I am in camp I gotta give my all…U see I'm not just doing this for me I'm doing this for everybody that can't do it no more

@mnlockley (rookie linebacker Michael Lockley)

Stat of the day

Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, nicknamed "Pot Roast," has started 32 straight games to begin his career and played a vital role on the club's defense.   He was one of 17 defensive tackles selected in the 2009 draft, the seventh overall, and is the only one to start all 32 games in his first two seasons.  His 5.5 career sacks are second only to Green Bay's B.J. Raji (7.5) among the 17 tackles drafted in 2009.


The Jaguars are off today and will return to practice on Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m. 

The last word

"It doesn't have to.  There are some guys that come in and get off the bus and start playing great right away, but typically you'll see guys develop over time and gain from experience and gain from maturity, all those factors come together.  We think they're ascending players, we think they're players that the upside is big and we need to begin to earn our way toward that. But it comes with hard work and they're putting that in for us right now and so we expect them to be strong players for us."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on whether it takes time for young offensive lineman to play well

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