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Top of the morning news for Sept. 17, 2011


Sunday's game has special meaning for Jaguars equipment manager Drew Hampton and his family.  The Times-Union

"Lewis, who sustained a calf strain against the Tennessee Titans in the regular-season opener, was one of two players listed as doubtful, with the other being wide receiver Jason Hill. Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio said each was "very, very limited" Friday."

"But Sunday, as Clay's Jets play host to Drew's Jags at MetLife Stadium, their postgame procession will take on a new meaning. Back in July, Billy passed away after a heart attack. He was just 51. And though the Hampton Cup — renamed the Bill Hampton Jr. Memorial Cup this year — was a symbol of friendly, but heated, competition, it will move forward as a hub for all the memories they shared with their brother, and the game that helped tie them all together."  The Star-Ledger

Rookie Cecil Shorts III is ready if his number is called.  The Times-Union

John Oehser gives his 10 things to look for on Sunday.

"The offensive line will have to sort through constant blitzes to allow Luke McCownto find people, and we could see Cecil Shortsget some big opportunities along with Mike Thomas."

Pro Football Weeklylooks at Deji Karim's expanded role in 2011.

Scouting the opponent

"Asked if he Jones-Drew reminded him of any back from the past, Ryan replied, "It's tough because he's part Jim Nance. I go back to that, because he's built like a bull. Yet, he's got speed and little-man moves and all that. Jim Nance was huge, but a bulldozer-type guy that can run you over, and a (big) neck. He's just short. He's kind of like that. I'll throw in, a combination of Emerson Boozer and Jim Nance. We're in the thorwback mode, we'll go back a little bit.""

"Ryan, however, sounded less sure about the availability of receiver Santonio Holmes, who suffered a quadriceps injury in Thursday&39;s practice, and safety Eric Smith, who turned an ankle in Thursday&39;s practice, calling them "more questionable" than Harris."  New York Post

"Just in case the line hadn&39;t already gotten the message, coach Rex Ryan made sure to hammer it home on Wednesday when he called the entire unit out in the team meeting as the Jets prepared to play the ultra-physical Jaguars tomorrow at MetLife Stadium."  New York Post

"For the first time in two years and the only time this season, the Jets will wear replicas of the blue and gold uniforms worn from 1960-62 by their predecessors, the Titans of New York, when they host Jacksonville on Sunday."  The New York Times

"This is not a flashy offense," said Pettine. "Especially on the road, they're going to come in and they want to take the crowd out of it. They're going to run the football."

Around the NFL

Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk has a message for Tennessee Titansfans and fantasy footballowners: Be patient with Chris JohnsonThe Tennessean

Clark Judge of lists his favorite things about week two.

Don Banks of is a believer in the Buffalo Bills.

NFL hands out several fines on Kickoff Weekend.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle gives his power rankings.

Tweet, Tweet

The Giants worked out four WRs Thursday including T.J. Houshmanzadeh, David Clowney and Tiquan Underwood.  They signed Brandon Stokley.

@ClaytonESPN (ESPN's John Clayton)

Maurice Jones-Drew just killed his interview in the Jungle.  Aaron Rodgers up next.

@jimrome (Nationally syndicated radio host and ESPN on-air talent Jim Rome)

Maurice Jones-Drew told the Jungle that Luke McCown is a playoff-caliber quarterback.


Mmm…Burrito Gallery #jax

@WillRackley (rookie guard Will Rackley)

Something new, approaching you.  The unknown becomes familiar soon enough.  Get ready!

@kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

A rookie came to the facility today shirtless.  I asked him why and he said "That's how we roll in Boca."  There are no words.

@JoshScobee10 (kicker Josh Scobee)

Stat of the day

Cornerback Drew Coleman has recorded at least one sack in back-to-back regular season games and has four sacks in the last five games dating back to 2010.


Kickoff for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium is 1:00 p.m. ET

The last word

"They do the little things great. When they're stuffing the run their defensive line has their hands inside, they're pushing guys back, they penetrate the run game. Once they get you into third and long they bring their exotic blitzes. Their corners can cover and run with anybody in the league, so they have a chance to do some great things. For us, it's just we've got to execute. We have to continue to work and improve off of what we did last week and just execute at the end of the day. Like I said, we've got a tough task, but why sign up if everything was easy, right? Why sign up for this game? We're going to be prepared for it and ready to play on Sunday."

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on the Jets defense

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