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"We've really got to establish a rhythm offensively, put points on the board, move the ball, convert third downs, just everything," Garrard said. "Everything you want to do in a ball game we've got to continue to show that we can do that."

Single-game tickets go on sale Thursday, August 25.

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith expects all three phases to improve in the last three preseason games.

 "Yeah, David's our starter. I said that all spring," Del Rio said.  The Times-Union

"The Jaguars have two defensive players you should hear about this year. Watching defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and backup defensive end Jeremy Mincey against Atlanta Friday night, I thought if there&39;s a fantasy football league out there with tackles as a category, Jags middle linebacker Paul Posluszny should be a high pick."

"This team definitely has the makeup," Garrard said. "I've seen teams that maybe didn't have the same kind of makeup with the same kind of quality guys on and off the field. I definitely think we have the potential to do a lot of great things and that is definitely making it to the playoffs and making a nice run in the playoffs."  Associated Press

Today's notebook from The Times-Union

"Jack Del Rio said today he&39;ll keep both out of Saturday&39;s game in Buffalo and wait until the preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams to play them."  The Times-Union

Scouts Inc. ranks the top 200 NFL players.  Can you guess the five Jaguars players on the list?

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is one of several rookies featured in Gatorade's Everything to Prove series.

"With kickoffs moved from the 30-yard line to the 35, more touchbacks are a certainty in the NFL this season. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio wants fans to understand that also means lower-scoring games."

Jack Del Rio held his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli gives his thoughts on the club's ticket situation. The Daily Record  

David Garrard met with the media on Tuesday.

Chris Johnson is back in Nashville for a meeting with the Titans.  The Tennessean

"I try to lead by example," Reggie Bush says. "Now it&39;s more important to do it, and bring some of the young guys along. Quite honestly, some of the guys who have been here for a while, too, maybe need to see that. We need to change the culture around here."  USA Today

Tweet, Tweet

Knowledge is realizing that the street is one way...wisdom is looking both directions anyway...on that note I&39;m knockin out..night

@MarcedesLewis89 (tight end Marcedes Lewis)

First pedicure with the boys @2Debonair @WillRackley @CecilShortsIII. Let&39;s get it. All Wills idea. Lineman lol

@Gelliman82 (rookie wide receiver Greg Ellingson)

Early bird gets the worm. Good thing I enjoy eating Nightcrawlers

@BlaineGabbert (rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert)

NFL teams typically play starters well into 3rd quarter in this week&39;s preseason gms. Curious to see if they dial it back, post-lockout.

@BobGlauber (Newsday columnist Bob Glauber)

NFL life…Wake up at 5am, lift weights at 6:15, meetings til 11, practice til 2, eat then watch film til 4, gotta love it tho #HustleHard

@mnlockley (rookie linebacker Michael Lockley)

Stat of the day

In 2010, NFL teams with a 100-yard rusher in a game posted an 87-34 record (.719), a winning percentage that rated higher than clubs boasting either a 100-yard receiver (.538, 92-79) or a 300-yard passer (.490, 47-49).  It marked the third time in the past four seasons that NFL clubs with 100-yard rushers in a game registered a winning percentage above .700.  The Jaguars had a 100-yard rusher in eight games in 2010 and recorded a 6-2 record (.750) in those games.


The Jaguars will hold an afternoon practice today at the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields.  Prior to practice, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive end Aaron Kampman will meet with the local media.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider on Twitter for updates throughout the day. 

The last word

 "Just continue as a football team to develop. We talked about defensively we are taking some steps; we want to continue to take steps. Offensively we have a need to be much cleaner, much sharper. We need to get in the end zone; not been nearly efficient enough and we're trying to remain patient as we're going through things but it's time to get some things going."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on his expectations for Saturday's Buffalo game

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