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Top of the Morning News, September 15, 2011


"I have a lot of respect for him," Mincey said. "I always like to see guys find a way to get over the hump. It&39;s hard. I&39;ve seen guys go to the Canadian League, and they never come back. He fought his way back into the NFL, and I have a strong feeling he&39;s going to be here for a while."  The Times-Union

"Aaron Kampman is following protocol. He's skipping practice, working extra with team trainers and wearing a full brace on his right leg.  It's not what he wants to do. It's what he has to do."  Associated Press

Ravens safety Ed Reed had nothing but praise for his former teammate and current Jaguar Dawan Landry.

"Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis will test a strain in his right calf by running on it for the first time Friday. Until then, the Pro Bowl selection will rest the injury and undergo treatment."  The Times-Union

"Marcedes Lewis, the Jaguars' Pro Bowl tight end, has played more than long enough to know that injuries – nagging ones and ones far worse – are part of the NFL. Still, to get one now – after the lockout, after his holdout, as good as he felt entering the season."

"Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called starting cornerback Derek Cox doubtful on Wednesday after he sustained a chest injury during the Jaguars season opening win over the Tennessee Titans."  The Times-Union

"Del Rio noted that head coaches such as Tony Dungy and Bill Belichick were once known as run-oriented coaches, and that their reputations changed when they began coaching Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, respectively."  * *

ESPNNewYork.comgives a scouting report on the Jaguars.

Scouting the opponent

"This one won't be hard to get our team up for," the Jets coach said today. "We know what happened the last time we played them. ... We'll let the video do most of the talking."  The Star-Ledger

"Whenever the Jets and Jaguars face each other, it&39;s a battle of Hampton vs. Hampton. Clay Hampton is a former equipment manager and current director of operations, Drew Hampton is the Jaguars&39; equipment manager. They used to play for the Hampton Cup, but as noted by Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew on a conference call with the New York media, it&39;s now the Bill Hampton, Jr. Memorial Cup."

Jones-Drew is still apologizing to fantasy football owners.

"You wouldn&39;t think that a GQ cover guy would be as tough as he is," Plaxico Burresssaid Wednesday. "But he&39;s a tough guy. He&39;ll battle through. It&39;s not like he&39;s sitting in the chair doing makeup."  New York Daily News

"You never assume that he's down," Westerman said. "With him, you really want to be fundamentally sound with tackling. We really want to make that an emphasis this week to get after him, swarm to the ball."  New York Post

"A blowout? Without question, we'd prefer one of those over anything. We're sick of these close games," tight end Dustin Keller said. "Obviously, we love that we're able to pull them out in the end but it would be a lot less stressful and a lot easier on a lot of guys if we could just play a full game, a complete game."  New York Post

"During Sunday&39;s game, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was worried that Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason felt distant from the game plan."  The Star-Ledger

"You want to win all your home games,&39;&39; said Burress. "This game is critical for us to get.&39;&39;  New York Post

"They&39;re good," Del Rio said. "They&39;ve been well schooled. Rex and those guys up there did a nice job . . . They have such good numbers in their secondary, they were able to let us have a couple. So we appreciate that."  Newsday

Rex Ryan pointed outthat the Jets are 4-1 in their throwback Titans uniforms.  New York Daily News

Mark Sanchez remembers the 2009 loss to the Jaguars.

Around the NFL

Go behind the scenes for the sounds of an emotional Week 1 as the NFL remembered 9/11.

"The ground-loving Jaguars only let Luke McCown throw 24 passes against Tennessee, but he completed 17 for 175 yards, without throwing an interception. It&39;s not the most crowd-pleasing approach to offense, but the Jaguars are 1-0, while Cam Newton and his 422 yards passing remain winless. So there are different ways to skin the cat in the NFL."

Arian Foster may be back in the starting lineup for the Texans on Sunday.  Houston Chronicle

Pete Prisco of gives his picks for Week Two. 

Mike Freeman of gives his thoughts on what he has seen through one week. 

Tebow fans plan to buy billboards.

"I think it's just an obvious fact that if players have more padding they'll be safer," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told me last week. "We do hope the players association will embrace that position. We'll continue to work with them and push that."

Tweet, Tweet

#TheAwkardMoment at Cheesecake Factory when a guy stares at me for 5 mins., then comes up & tells me that Im an ethnic conundrum.

@ATrain92 (defensive end Austen Lane)

I realize that mistakes are a part of the process but I refuse to accept them

@WillRackley (guard/center Will Rackley)

Jacksonville-The struggle between too much humidity and too much air conditioning. Is there ever a happy median?

@kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

#JaguarsQB Luke McCown said the #Jetsexotic blitzes mean he&39;ll get very little sleep this week with all the studying he&39;ll have to do.

@TaniaGanguli (Florida Times-Union Jaguars beat writer Tania Ganguli)

MJ-D on NY/Jax media: "They told me the only difference between your media & ours is we have more & that we have Vito Stellino down here."

@Bob Glauber (columnist for New York Newsday Bob Glauber)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars are looking to win their first two games for the seventh time in franchise history and first time since 2006. 


Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will speak with the media today prior to practice.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"It's no secret what we're about; we want to run the football. That's going to open up things for us downfield, but the key to our game is doing what we do. Our coaches do a great job of scheming things up for us, getting us prepared for the game, but we've got to go out and execute. That's what it comes down to for the Jaguars."

Quarterback Luke McCown on the Jaguars offense

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