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Top of the morning news for September 6, 2011


"Jaguars players selected six team captains on Monday, two from each phase of the game." The Times-Union

 "The Jacksonville Jaguars pride themselves on running the football. It's the one thing they've done consistently well the last dozen years. They want to beat teams up and wear them down, and they're not afraid to let everyone know it's their weekly game plan, their offensive philosophy, their overall identity."  Associated Press

"If the Jaguars are to be the offensive team they want to be this year and take more deep shots, they need solid play from both tackles to give quarterback David Garrard time to throw."  The Times-Union

Britton continues to fight to be ready for opener.

"I'm like, 'Did I make it – did I not make it?''' Bradfield said. "The first thing he said was, 'Congratulations, you made the 53-man roster.' Then, I had a little sigh of relief."

Breaking down the Jaguars roster.

See where Sports Illustrated's Peter King has the Jaguars finishing in 2011.

"The last time a quarterback not named Peyton Manning started at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts was Dec. 21, 1997. Jim Harbaugh took the road loss at Minnesota."  Indianapolis Star

Michael Lombardi of built his own "Dream Team."

"Walking around the Indianapolis Colts&39; locker room Monday, listening to players talk bravely about life without quarterback Peyton Manning, I was reminded of a scene from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."  Indianapolis Star

The Falcons are hoping a rookie wide receiver will propel them in the postseason.  USA Today

Former Gators quarterback Rex Grossman will open the season as the starter in Washington.  Washington Post

Scouting the opponent

"We are not going to sit here and say he is only going to get X amount of carries," Munchak said. "It depends on how those carries go. Hopefully they are all big runs and he will have less carries."  The Tennessean

"Jason McCourty, who split reps with Alterraun Verner during the preseason, will start at cornerback against the Jaguars along with Cortland Finnegan."  The Tennessean

"The Tennessee Titans open Sunday at Jacksonville with a new coach, new quarterbacks and a star player who engaged in his own personal work stoppage."  Nashville City Paper

Read what Titans head coach Mike Munchak said at his Monday press conference.

"Forcing turnovers, taking care of the ball and playing without committing painful penalties. Those are areas where the Titans struggled in 2010, ranking 30th in total yards penalized, and finishing with a minus-4 turnover differential. This preseason, they allowed an NFL-low 10.5 points per game and forced 10 turnovers — compared to only one interception."  Associated Press

"It is more about Matt&39;s mannerisms in the huddle, what he is like in the locker room and in meetings," Locker said. "There are subtleties (regarding) how to command respect of the room. Those are the &39;little&39; things that, to me, make a difference as to whether you make it or you do not."  USA Today

Tweet, Tweet

Year 3 of living out of my NFL dream starts this week with the Titans!  Thanks for all the support from my family and friends!  #gotime  #Jaguars

@ZachPotter88 (tight end Zach Potter)

Finding the right furniture is tough

@RodIssac (rookie defensive back Rod Isaac)

I need to find a restaurant where I can get a lot of food for a good price…Any advice Jax followers?

@WillRackley (rookie offensive lineman Will Rackley)

Munchak said Kenny Britt will be turned loose to play

@jwyattsports (Tennessean reporter Jim Wyatt)

Congrats to @MarcedesLewis89 @Jones_Drew32 @kassimosgood81, Aaron Kampman, Daryl Smith and Montell Owens for getting Team Captains

@KyleBosworth (linebacker Kyle Bosworth)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars have advanced to the postseason six times and they won on Kickoff Weekend in five of those seasons.


The players have meetings this morning before the entire team departs for the Cornerstone Luncheon at the Prime Osborn Convention Center which begins at noon.

The last word

"Confidence is high. In the huddle today we're smiling at each other. We're ready to go. We're champing at the bit. I think come Sunday, it'll be time to go."

Jaguars wide receiver Jason Hill on the start of the regular season

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