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Top of the Morning News, Oct. 12


"With an unyielding work ethic, Mincey won the starting job over Derrick Harvey midway through last season. Then, even after the Jaguars signed defensive end Matt Roth, Mincey had a chance to stay on as a starter with Aaron Kampman unable to play so far."  The Times-Union

The Jaguars signed veteran punter Nick Harris on Tuesday.

"The Jaguars held Tennessee and Carolina to its lowest offensive output in five games, and the 239 yards last Sunday by Cincinnati was the second-lowest by the Bengals through five games."

"Victory tells us a lot about athletes. Defeat tells us a lot about people."  The Times-Union

Several Jaguars stopped by the Wounded Warrior Project on Tuesday to lend a hand.

Scouting the opponent

"Whether you talk about offense, defense or special teams, there's probably no one in football that means more to their team than Maurice Jones-Drew, in terms of the things he's capable of doing and the things he does," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "When you watch him on tape, he's a very physical runner. He has great vision, power and speed. He's not small; he's just short. He has built in leverage."

"A week ago when Mike Tomlin read the Steelers injury report it seemed there were more names on it than off. But one week and a victory later, the injury outlook is getting brighter."

"Rashard Mendenhall will return to practice this week, but will head coach Mike Tomlin return him to his starting job at halfback?" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Defensive end Aaron Smith will not dress for Sunday's game.  Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"Like a sixth-man, Foster has spent much of his three seasons coming off the bench for the Steelers. The versatile offensive lineman -- sometimes a third tight end -- lingered in the shadows until he was thrust into the spotlight amid a plethora of injuries, including guards Doug Legursky and Chris Kemoeatu." Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"The Jaguars have won their last three games at Heinz Field, but that streak will end Sunday unless they pull off the most stunning upset in the NFL this season."  Beaver County Times

Around the NFL

"The Super Bowl is heading back to the desert in 2015, one year after it will be at the mercy of winter weather in the Meadowlands. The Phoenix area was awarded the 49th Super Bowl by NFL owners Tuesday, beating the only other candidate - Tampa, Fla."

"The Broncos will have training camp-like practices Tuesday and Wednesday as they adjust to playing with Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback."

The Jets traded wide receiver Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans.

"If Tebow hadn't been named the starter, Broncos season ticket holders would have been well within their right to demand refunds. Same goes for fans of the winless Dolphins, who will host the Broncos on Oct. 23, after Denver's bye week."

"NFL owners Tuesday approved a resolution to continue playing regular-season games in the United Kingdom through the 2016 season."

The Titans held their only practice of the week before leaving for the bye week.  The Tennessean

Tweet, Tweet

Great time today at the Meals On Wheels Foundation golf event. Thank u teammates for playing: @ZachPotter88, C West, D Baldridge... also thank u @JaxsonDeVille for playing. Very special for me to represent Cathedral Foundation and Meals on Wheels! -- @JoshScobee10 (placekicker Josh Scobee)

Visiting the Wounded Warrior Project and packing care packages for the warriors coming home from overseas. God bless the troops. -- @kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

Ima take my city to the top...and then ima never let em down! Good morning tweeps have a awesome day... -- @MarcedesLewis89 (tight end Marcedes Lewis)

Adrian Peterson's 1st 2 TDs v Arz came 23 seconds apart. Fastest any1 has scored 2 rush TDs since Emmitt Smith in '99 (18 seconds) -- @NFLhistory (Jon Zimmer – NFL media publications editor)

Regions/cities to have hosted most Super Bowls...So. FL 10, NO 9, LA 7, TB 4, SD 3 -- @NFLfootballinfo (Michael Signora – NFL VP of Communications)

Stat of the day

Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for at least 84 yards in each of the first five games for the first time in his career.


The Jaguars return to EverBank Field today to begin preparations for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.  Players will be made available to the media following practice and head coach Jack Del Rio will hold his weekly news conference at 2:45 p.m.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"I think he's been terrific.  I think when you really look at the tape you've got to be excited about what you're seeing Blaine Gabbert do.  The first drive of the game makes a couple beautiful throws on third down. He's made some great throws. To see Jason Hill go by a safety who's bit up and put himself out of position, and to see that come open, we've not experienced that for a while here. That was a good sign. To have him at the end make the right check, they're bringing all out zero, we got a chance to gouge them for a potential game-winner and he's making the right check and we just get a little antsy before it on the snap. Boy, those are really good signs for this franchise and for that young man and what he can do for us, so I'm very excited about that."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert

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