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Top of the morning news for August 25, 2011


"In an era when tight ends tend to be big wide receivers, Lewis is a bit of a throwback tight end who blocks as well as he catches passes."  The Times-Union

 "Still, Koetter talks of the layers of the process — such as getting practice reps for each play against different defensive looks. Gabbert is working through those layers under new rules that have reduced the number of contact practices. As of late last week, Koetter estimated he had installed more than 270 plays in camp."  USA Today

 "Jones-Drew, who has missed the first two preseason games while returning from a knee injury that kept him out the final two games last regular season, said although he doesn't have to play to be ready for the regular season, he would feel a bit better if he did."

"Alualu, a defensive tackle and the No. 10 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, has drawn praise from pretty much everyone around the Jaguars during training camp and preseason. Despite the lockout, he returned to camp playing at a high level, has shown the progress needed from an early drafted player from one year to the next."

"I expect myself to challenge every throw, allow nothing cheap over the top, and I will leverage and tackle," Derek Cox said. "Simple as that."  The Times-Union

"The Cleveland Browns know what they have in Colt McCoy, and what they have is a potential franchise quarterback -- the first time that has happened here since Bernie Kosar."

Jaguars first-round pick Blaine Gabbert talked on Wednesday about his preseason.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew updated his status heading into the regular season.

"Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we creep within 15 days of the NFL&39;s regular-season opener in Green Bay...."

ESPN.comtakes a look at the impact of Kerry Collins on the Colts roster.

"The Colts, Collins insisted, offered 'such a unique opportunity. I know my role coming in. Hopefully Peyton will be back. But if he&39;s not, maybe I can be one of the guys that can help this ballclub.'" Indianapolis Star

"Almost everything about Chris Johnsonis fast, from his 40-yard dash time to his recent trips to Nashville. The holdout running back's face-to-face meeting with the Titanson Wednesday was also over in a hurry — less than two hours."  The Tennessean

Jaguars defensive Aaron Kampman met with reporters on Wednesday.

"If Mario Williamsgets after quarterbacks with the intensity, purpose and speed he displays in running from the media most days, he could be an All-Pro linebacker."  Houston Chronicle

"The two quarterbacks with the strongest arms in this league are Aaron Rodgers and Sam Bradford," Harris said. "The sky&39;s the limit for Sam."  USA Today

Tweet, Tweet

Early bird gets the worm, let's eat

@Murph4_13 (rookie running back Richard Murphy)

Just got outta practice bout to review film with the vets

@RodIssac (rookie cornerback Rod Issac)

The no show rate for our preseason game against Atlanta decreased by 10% from last year. That tells me there is a lot of interest for Jaguars football.  Need that to translate into ticket sales.

@wrpjag (Jaguars Senior Vice President Bill Prescott)

Count your blessings.  Never know what this day, week, month or year has in store For You!!!

@MikeThomasJax (wide receiver Mike Thomas)

Ahhh it's a great morning!  And it's only 82 degrees haha! Have a blessed day folks!

@MarcedesLewis89 (tight end Marcedes Lewis)

Stat of the day

The weight of the Super Bowl trophy is seven pounds and takes 72 man hours to complete.  It is made each year by Tiffany & Co with a value of $12,500.


The Jaguars will hold a morning practice today at Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields.  Head coach Jack Del Rio will address the media following practice.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider (Twitter) for updates throughout the day. 

The last word

"It's definitely a lot more relaxed but we have a lot more time to watch film on our own, kind of over-prepare with that stuff because in two-a-days we were having two-a-day practices, having a nap in the middle of the day. It was a grind and that's how it's supposed to be, but it got us in shape and kind of got us ready for the season. But now we're starting to game plan a little more and watch a little more film and prepare for our opponents."

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the transition from training camp to a regular schedule

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