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"Like all rookies, Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert noticed a few things about NFL defenses this preseason. He's learned they're a lot faster than what he's seen in the past, and defensive coordinators are a lot more prepared for him."  The Times-Union

"I thought we rushed really well against Atlanta," Kampman said. "We had some opportunities there. You can't sugarcoat Buffalo; we did not rush as well as we had the week before. That wasn't great, but here we have an opportunity this Thursday and obviously we'll be looking forward to trying to remedy that situation."

"When the Jaguars play the St. Louis Rams in the preseason finale Thursday, starters Maurice Jones-Drewand Aaron Kampmanwill get their first preseason playing time, and some starters around them will play, but Del Rio said there won't likely be a dramatic difference from past seasons."

Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny talks pass coverage.   The Times-Union

"We know the NFL has become more pass-oriented -- teams threw the ball nearly 57 percent of the time last season -- but finding innovative ways to enhance the trend is, well, the trend."

 "The Jaguars are the only NFL team without a sack in the preseason. Coach Jack Del Rio insists it's not cause for alarm, pointing out that they played the first three exhibitions without starter Aaron Kampman and have played without Jeremy Mincey, Terrance Knighton and Tyson Alualu." Associated Press

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"Leonard Patterson said he&39;s lost track of the years. This is either the ninth or 10th straight season he&39;s walked up to the Jaguars ticket office and paid cash for his season tickets.  "Almost a million people in the surrounding counties," Patterson said. "We should be able to sell 75,000-80,000 tickets easy.""

The Chicago Sun-Times takes a close look at former Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh and his battle with cancer.

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio held his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

"Time is running out for the veteran wide receiver to get tuned up for the regular season, and as fate would have it, Thursday&39;s final tuneup is in Jacksonville, where Sims-Walker spent his first four NFL seasons. "It&39;s definitely bittersweet," he said. "I still have that, I don&39;t call it a chip, I call it a crack. I have a crack on my shoulder. A chip is not big enough for what I got right now."  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Jacksonville Daily Record profiles Jaguars mascot Curtis Dvorak.  Daily Record

"Foster, a running back for the Houston Texans, was moved to contemplate the meaning of life after he injured his hamstring Saturday in an exhibition against the 49ers. Sports fans went nuts, gathering around the news on Twitter, holding a vigil for Arian Foster&39;s hamstring.  Only, they weren&39;t concerned about his actual hamstring."

A look at the ticket situation for each AFC South team.  Jaguars are now under 10,000 to avoid blackout for opener against Tennessee.

Will 2007 first-round pick Anthony Gonzalez be on the Colts roster on opening day?  Indianapolis Star

The Texans are buying into their new defensive scheme.  Houston Chronicle

Tweet, Tweet

cn u imagine a board room all quiet when the boss walks in. ppl R nervous & u could hear a pin drop. Then I bust in & yell DUUUVVVAALLL!!!

@kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

Should I Go Get Madden Knowing I Prob Won&39;t Play It Much?

@MrGrEeNe36 (safety Courtney Greene)

Prayers go out to people in my home state of Vt. 4 dealing with devastating floods. Stunned to learn caskets floating down one river

@GeneFrenette (Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette)

The awkward moment when you find out you're too big for the regular clothing section and too small for the big and tall section

@WillRackley (rookie offensive lineman Will Rackley)

#18 to the practice field!  Soon the leaves will tall/I looked at sideline sat. night and saw $30,000,000.00 standing there, my checkbook hurts!

@JimIrsay (Colts owner Jim Irsay)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars have 25 players on their current roster from non Division I-A schools including three starters in Derek Cox (William & Mary), Rashean Mathis (Bethune-Cookman) and Brad Meester (Northern Iowa).


The Jaguars will hold a morning practice today at the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields. 

The last word

"Tape doesn't lie. You may think you see something on the field and come off on the sideline and tell the coaches one thing, but on the film it could be totally different. Being a quarterback we have a totally different perspective on the field. It's a lot different when you're in the action rather than when you're looking on top of things. At the end of the day kind of what we say goes, but we can learn from mistakes and pick up on keys with the tape."

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the importance of watching film

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