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Top of the Morning News, Oct. 20, 2011


The Jaguars are working to get Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis involved in passing game. The Times-Union

"I definitely call it coming home," said Sims-Walker, who caught 11 passes for 139 yards in four games with the Rams. "This is the place that drafted me. This is a place that put a lot of trust in me and believed in me for so long. We had some good times and bad times, but at the end of the day, we miss each other. No question about it."

"The Jaguars had a good idea what they were getting with the addition of fifth-year linebacker Paul Posluszny, but he might have exceeded the expectations.  What do the numbers 14, 12, 16, 15 and 19 mean?  Those are Posluszny's tackle totals in the last five games."

"With Austen Lane now out for the year, the door is open for Chick, and I expect to see production from the pass-rusher."

The Jaguars had several players out in the community on Wednesday.

Don Banks of looks at the Packers remaining schedule and their chance of going undefeated.

"The Indianapolis Colts will have a new man on the job this week. Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel will assume the game-day consultant duties he was hired to handle in early September."  Indianapolis Star

"More than 10,000 tickets have been sold on the primary and secondary markets since Tebow was named starter last week, and there is hope of a sellout in time to avoid a television blackout, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said Wednesday."  Orlando Sentinel

"Texans coach Gary Kubiak refuses to rule Andre Johnson out for Sunday's game at Tennessee, even though the wide receiver hasn't practiced since undergoing a minor procedure on Oct. 6 to repair his injured right hamstring." Houston Chronicle

Scouting the opponent

"He is doing things that are just indescribable. I think he is the greatest linebacker who has ever played the game – I have said it many times. I think he proves it. You look at his [16th] year, he is playing as well as he had ever played, or at least that I have seen in the four years that I have been here. I am not sure that he has ever played any better than this. What kind of statement is that? It's a big statement."

"After slumping to a franchise-worst 27 sacks last season, the Ravens already have 15 sacks through five games and are on pace to record 48 sacks for the season. They rank eighth in the NFL in sacks per pass play." Carroll County Times

"What's remarkable is that the current offensive line configuration of Birk, guards Yanda and Gurode and tackles Michael Oher and McKinnie has only played the last three games together." The Baltimore Sun

"The Ravens ended up kicking five field goals, but Cameron had little to do with their lack of success inside the red zone. In fact, the Ravens were two of four inside the 20 yard line as far as scoring touchdowns." The Baltimore Sun

"Check out this stat line the rookie defensive end has put up so far this season: two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defended. Not too shabby for a fifth-round pick."

"The Ravens' No. 3 wide receiver spot may be up for grabs soon."

Tweet, Tweet

I appreciate all of you! Jags have some of the top fans out there, any sport! --- @GuyWhimper68 (offensive tackle Guy Whimper)

One thing that bugs the crap out of me about baseball fans: booing when a pitcher tries to pick off a base runner. So impatient. --- @JoshScobee10 (placekicker Josh Scobee)

Preciate the luv #jagnation and the feelings are mutual now let's turn this around...... --- @MikeSimsWalker (wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker)

Taking my dog for a run, film study, then Batman! #nerdlife --- @TheSeventyFifth (offensive tackle Eugene Monroe)

Dear Baby Jesus, plz let my surgery go well tomorrow and make my arm like Henry Rowengartner's. If not..Ill settle 4 a full recovery. #Amen --- @ATrain92 (defensive end Austen Lane)

Stat of the day

Linebacker Daryl Smith enters Monday's game with a franchise-record 984 tackles.  Smith ranks second on the team in 2011 with 66 tackles.


The Jaguars return to practice today in preparation for Monday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert and head coach Jack Del Rio will meet with the media today.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"He's a good blocker, he remains a good blocker. I think he's got a chance to be a good player overall and I think last year he played as one of the more dominant players at his position in the league. We just haven't quite got him going this year the way we were able to get him going last year and maintain it.  That's something we're aware of, we're trying to get it going."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on tight end Marcedes Lewis

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