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Top of the morning news for August 26, 2011


Jarrett Bell of USA Today takes a look at David Garrard and what he expects in 2011. 

"What's important to the Jaguars when they watch Shorts live and on tape is that while they, too, may see the mistakes of a rookie learning the NFL, what they notice more is something undeniable: The kid from the Division III school? The fourth-round selection who was part of a draft class criticized by some for having too many small-school players? The kid from Mount Union? The kid can just, plain play." * *

"The Jaguars added veteran experience to their starting defensive backfield with safety Dawan Landry, but in the next levels of the position, a youth movement has taken hold of the competition.

As the preseason nears its end, the backup safeties are involved in one of the key battles left for the Jaguars."  The Times-Union

"He's a talented young man," Del Rio said. "He's good out of the backfield with the ball as a receiver. He's good as a blocker, he's good running the ball. He's a weapon for us. We're fortunate to have a real strong backup like that."

"Jeremy Mincey became the fourth Jaguar to suffer a concussion when he was injured Wednesday in practice and won&39;t make the trip to Buffalo."  The Times-Union

"The media has a way of regurgitating the same old stuff without doing their homework," says Jaguars great and Jacksonville resident Tony Boselli, one of the key catalysts behind the Jags&39; successful season-ticket push last offseason. "When you really look at the facts and Jacksonville&39;s entire body of work as an NFL city, it&39;s been a good market."  Orlando Sentinel

"Prosinski would likely be the Jaguars first backup to starters Dawan Landry and Courtney Greene. Before his injury in training camp, he was in play to start."  The Times-Union

"He's not there," Dirk Koetter said. "Take your favorite quarterback anywhere in the country and then stick him at tight end. I mean, come on. It's a huge transition from a physical standpoint. Asking him to block, guys bumping you around route-running, holding you. Huge transition. But if Zach stays healthy, I think there is a lot of upside there."

Where do some of the Jaguars defensive players rank in the NFL?

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio previews Saturday's game against Buffalo.

Don Banks of takes a look at the some of the intriguing quarterback storylines heading into the final two weeks of preseason. senior writer John Oehser goes one-on-one with rookie Will Rackley.

"Coach Mike Munchaksays the Tennessee Titanshaven&39;t talked about trading Chris Johnsonand the answer would be no if the star running back asked for such a move."

"It has been 14 years since a man other than Manning has started a game at quarterback for the Colts. He has been so reliable, and so reliably good, that it has been hard to imagine Indianapolis without him. It appears the Colts have had a hard time imagining it, too."

ESPN.comlooks closely at the new kickoff rules. 

Tweet, Tweet

Good day of work!  Ready to head to Buffalo tomorrow…Now it's cold tub flow..

@adotyoung (running back Albert Young)

Hitting this bowling alley up with my fellow wide receivers, and S/O to our uncle J Hill for hooking us up with these snapbacks!

@CecilShortsIII (wide receiver Cecil Shorts III)

This Conan movie is beastly

@WIllRackley (rookie offensive guard Will Rackley)

I refuse to go anywhere in Jacksonville while the sun is still out

@KHaslam72 (offensive lineman Kevin Haslam)

Bout to hit the bowlin alley with the wideouts…hopefully I don't embarrass myself too much out here, my bowlin game is a lil suspect

@ABizzle80 (rookie wide receiver Armon Binns)

Kerry Collins is second among active QBs in passing yards, completions and attempts, trailing only his teammate, Peyton Manning.

@AdamSchefter (ESPN's Adam Schefter)

Stat of the day

Since 2006, the Jaguars are 24-7 when rushing for 150-plus yards including wins in 15 of the last 18 games.


The Jaguars will hold a walkthrough this morning at the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields before departing for Buffalo.  The Jaguars face the Bills on Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET. 

The last word

 "We've had pretty good practices throughout the week. As a coach I don't know that you're ever satisfied or feeling like, 'Yeah, we're getting it,' but we've shown some good signs.  I think guys are working hard. I think there's been a little bit of an adjustment to working during the day, conditioning a little bit in practice, and so that conditioning will improve as we continue to work in the middle of the day, which is good for us.  I think the first day out was kind of a shocker; the second day a little better.  So I think that will continue to be the case and we'll get ready and that's really what you do, you've got to get yourself ready for what's coming in the fall."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio the club's move to one practice a day this week

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