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Top of the Morning News, September 16, 2011

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Middleton said he remembers watching Burress and Holmes play while he was in college at Furman. "It&39;s a great challenge," Middleton said. "I&39;m looking forward to it.""  The Times-Union

Two former Jets waste little time making impact with the Jaguars.  The Times-Union

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is encouraged by the defense.  jaguars.com

John Oehser of jaguars.com lists what he is looking for on Sunday. 

"It&39;s only been nine days since Luke McCown became the Jaguars starting quarterback and this weekend he&39;ll face a defense that isn&39;t easy for quarterbacks with more starting experience."  The Times-Union

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com looks deep inside the numbers of the AFC South's quarterbacks. 

Around the NFL

"Tebow said Thursday that while he&39;s honored his fans are cheering for him to take over as the Denver Broncos&39;quarterback, he trusts his coach and will bide his time without complaint."  CBSSports.com

Peter King of CNNSI.com offers his picks for week two. 

"The Jaguars trampled the Colts for 375 rushing yards, the second-fattest total since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. The Colts lost by the same margin as at Houston, 27 points, 44-17. It was their third loss in four games. Despair reigned. Catastrophe was forecast. Change was demanded."  Indianapolis Star

Steve Wyche of NFL.com looks at some week two subplots.

"Approximately 10,000 tickets remained available as of Thursday morning, but in the robo-call, Dee says the team and several sponsors, most notably Anheuser-Busch, bought up the remaining tickets so fans in South Florida can watch the game live on TV."  The Palm Beach Post

FOXSports.compicks the Jets to win a close game on Sunday. 

"Herm Edwards, the former NFL defensive back and longtime coach-turned-ESPN analyst, admits to getting angry at times when he watches pro football&39;s defenses handcuffed now by a growing list of restrictive rules and at the mercy of the quarterback."  ESPN.com

John Clayton of ESPN.com gives his 10 things to watch this weekend. 

"It's a bit easy to say the AFC South should belong to the Houston Texansthis season. But I'm joining the chorus and saying it anyway: If this team can't win this division, it'll be time for owner Bob McNair to crumple up the plan and aim it for the closest trash can."  ESPN.com

Scouting the opponent

"The Jets did some strange things with their cornerbacks against the Cowboys. Antonio Cromartie was used at wide receiver for one play and Darrelle Revis -- are you ready for this? -- blitzed the quarterback."  ESPNNewYork.com

"Wideout Santonio Holmes (knee/quad) was limited in practice Thursday but maintained that he will be ready to play Sunday."Nothing to be worried about," Holmes said. "Game day is on Sunday, not today. I took it easy today.""  New York Daily News

"Ryan and Pettine&39;s defense was particularly effective when blitzing defensive backs, a staple in their scheme. In those instances, Romo completed only 42% of his passes with a 27.8 QB rating." New York Daily News

"The Jets feel that they can concentrate on stopping Lewisand the dynamic running back Maurice Jones-Drew, a luxury they did not have when preparing for the Cowboys, who also have two elite receivers and running backs with receiving skills."  The New York Times

"The Jets long for a game in which they can take their first possession and march 70 or 80 yards to the end zone -- exactly what the Dallas Cowboysdid in the season opener. The Jets haven&39;t done that since Oct. 3, when they jumped on the Buffalo Bills."  ESPNNewYork.com

"He&39;s a freak," offensive lineman Matt Slausonsaid. "Everybody counted him out, said he&39;s too old, he can&39;t do it anymore, but last year he destroyed everyone. In my opinion, he was the comeback player of the league."  ESPNNewYork.com

"Lowery picked up his phone and saw a text message from his agent: He had been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The fourth-year defensive back wasn&39;t surprised."  The Star-Ledger

Read what the Jets head coach had to say on Thursday.  NewYorkJets.com

"When the Jets take the field on Sunday to host the Jacksonville Jaguars, they will line up against two former teammates who contributed to past Jets defenses."  NewYorkJets.com

"Rex mentioned he wanted to get the running game going again, that's our identity," fullback John Conner said. "We want to get that going and be a physical run team again."  The Star-Ledger

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Jets D-coordinator Mike Pettine on Jaguars offense: "They thrive on win boring. This is not a flashy offense." #nyj

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Rex said Jets will change hand signals on account of Lowery + Coleman being on other side. #nyj

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@Hasselbecksays #Titanswant to play on offense way #jaguarsplayed last week.

@espn_afcsouth (Paul Kuharsky - ESPN AFC South blogger)

University of Miami had 42 players on NFL opening-day rosters, more than any other school. USC had 41, Texas 40, Tennessee 36, LSU 35.

@AdamSchefter (Adam Schefter - ESPN NFL Insider)

Stat of the day

Based on statistical analysis by NFL Management Council and AonHewitt, the 206 drafted rookies who began their careers on NFL 53-man rosters this past weekend will have an average NFL career length of nearly seven years (6.86).  Including the 60 undrafted rookies on Kickoff Weekend 2011 rosters – the most since 65 in 2003 -- the expected average career length of a 2011 rookie still exceeds six years (6.36).

Schedule

The Jaguars will practice for the final time this week in preparation for Sunday's game at the New York Jets. 

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew will appear on the nationally-syndicated Jim Rome Radio Show at 1:05 p.m. 

The last word

"Those guys, they'll put them where they feel like they need them. Sometimes they'll be opposite; sometimes they'll be on the same side. They do a good job of moving guys around and getting in position to look for matchups. They have a great offense, great running game, they throw it pretty good, they've got good players all across the board. Every week you see teams and they all have firepower. That's going to be every week in the NFL and these guys are no different. We're going to be tested."

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on facing Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes

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