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Top of the morning news for September 4, 2011

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Jaguars make 30 roster moves.  jaguars.com

"Believe this: The Jaguars should be in better position than anybody in their division to dethrone the Indianapolis Colts. I'm not saying it'll happen, but the way general manager Gene Smith tweaked this roster in the offseason, the Jaguars' reconstruction is such that long-term success can be visualized. It's just a question of whether now or 2012 is the time for Jacksonville to ascend."  The Times-Union

Defense ready to step up for Jaguars.  The Times-Union

"Three undrafted rookies made the 53-man roster - receiver Jamar Newsome, offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield and cornerback Kevin Rutland. One more undrafted rookie, running back Richard Murphy, was also placed on injured reserve."  The Times-Union

"Jacksonville has become the national pariah for NFL attendance problems, but the facts from 2010 reveal otherwise."  The Times-Union

"Taylor was born in Pahokee but grew up in Belle Glade with four other children in Lusane&39;s two-bedroom, second-story apartment off Martin Luther King Boulevard. From there, he became one of the biggest names ever to play for Glades Central and was a dominant runner at Florida, too."  Palm Beach Post

In its annual NFL preview section, The Times-Union lists five players that will play a major role in the Jaguars success. 

Vito Stellino's NFL Confidential.  The Times-Union

"You can just feel it more than anything," Hill said. "Some guys get a little spooked look on their faces. They&39;re not confident. He doesn&39;t have that spooked look."  The Times-Union

One man's tribute to Fred Taylor.  Lake City Reporter

The Jets&39; surplus of defensive backs - they have 10 on the roster - made Lowery expendable. "When we looked at our secondary, we&39;re pretty much loaded," Ryan said. "We just felt that we had the depth that we needed on the back end."  New York Daily News

How will the work stoppage affect play early in the regular season?  The New York Times

The Titans will be without their starting fullback when they open play next Sunday at EverBank Field.  The Tennessean

A look at the Titans' cuts.  The Tennessean

And the Colts final cuts.  Indianapolis Star

And the Texans roster moves.  Houston Chronicle

Dan Pompei's Sunday Blitz.  National Football Post

''It definitely helps out with the whole transition of coming in as a rookie, having these guys accept you and becoming part of the family,'' guard Will Rackley said.  Associated Press

Tweet, Tweet

Watching sportscenter about a BC lax player who died in 9/11 with @SteveMay20 and @BigWix36. The man in the Red Bandanna. Unbelievable

@BlaineGabbert (Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert)

Ahh GM tweeps! Feelin blessed on this great Sunday! I pray that all my followers succeed @whatever they wish to pursue and have fun doing it

@MarcedesLewis89 (tight end Marcedes Lewis)

Rough day across the League Cuts everywhere. Nasty part of the Bizz, most of Us will cross tht bridge Sooner R Later #Humbled

@MikeThomasJax (wide receiver Mike Thomas)

Dwight Lowry gives the Jags a free safety until Chris Prosinski is 100% and a guy who can play corner. Gene knows where to find value.

@JagsVoice (Voice of the Jaguars Brian Sexton)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars average age of the current roster is 26.38 and average experience is 4.45 years.

The last word

"The Jacksonville community, all of the fans, you've shown me so much support throughout. You've been there with me through thick and thin, through my injuries, just all the good times.  Whatever bad times there were, you were there and you were supporting me. I just want to thank you for being fans and gracing me as one of your own, and as long as I'm alive I'll do whatever I have in my body to try and help this community continue to grow. I've seen a lot and this community is continuing to grow and trust me, one day, one day this team will have its opportunity to have its time and we will be able to rejoice and celebrate like we should.  All of the sponsors that have helped the team that have supported the team over the years, continue to support because this team is working on something special and I know it's going to happen."

Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor at his retirement news conference

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