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Top of the Morning News, September 21, 2011


"Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert is the 28th quarterback to be selected in the top 10 in the past 20 NFL drafts."  The Times-Union

 "The Jaguars have been here before. And while Aaron Kampmansaid being here isn't ideal, and while he doesn't want to be here again, that doesn't change the fact that the Jaguars usually have been able to respond particularly well in these situations."

First Coast Newssat down with former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith.

Former Jaguar Jeff Lageman breaks down tape from the Jets loss.

Several players on Tuesday visited CTI Management, a federal contractor that employs a large number of veterans.

"It's the first time the Colts have started 0-2 since Manning's rookie year in 1998. Fans are venting daily through Twitter, online and newspaper comment sections and sports talk radio." Indianapolis Star

CBSSports.comhands out awards for week two. 

The TV channel for all NFL fans.  The New York Times

The Tennessee Titansofficially sold out Sunday's gameagainst Denver, marking the team's 128th straight home sellout since moving to LP Field.  The Tennessean

Scouting the opponent

Inside the numbers with the Panthers.  Charlotte Observer

"Through two games, the disparity between the Panthers' run and pass games has been striking. With rookie Cam Newton becoming the first player to begin his career with back-to-back, 400-yard passing games, the Panthers rank second behind New England in pass offense."  Charlotte Observer

"Davis has missed 24 of 26 games from Nov. 15, 2009, onward, because of knee issues. Now on injured reserve yet again, he will miss another 14 straight games this season. I hope this isn't the case, but the stark reality is that Davis might never play another down for Carolina."  Charlotte Observer

"The words 'I told you so' never felt so good to utter -- if only Warren Moon would say them. Still, Moon, who staunchly defended Cam Newtonthis offseason while critics claimed the quarterback wouldn't succeed in the NFL, is feeling pretty good after the Carolina Panthersrookie's historic two-game start to his career."

"Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2011About 1,200 tickets remain for the Panthers' game against Jacksonville on Sunday, ticket director Phil Youtsey said Tuesday."  Charlotte Observer

"He's giving us an opportunity to win," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "Unfortunately, we haven't taken advantage of that."

Tweet, Tweet

Will Rackley has cut the dreds off!!! Change is coming!

@kassimosgood (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

Wake up and smell the coffee, literally! #Duval

@BIGN98 (defensive tackle Nate Collins)

The average length of a completion this year is 12.3. That's 1.1 yard a throw better than last year and the best since 1997

@ClaytonESPN (John Clayton – Senior writer for

Stat of the day

The defense has allowed only one drive of 10-plus plays through the first two games and held opponents to a 30.4 third down conversion percentage.  In two games, the Jaguars have forced nine three-and-outs by the opposition on 24 total possessions which ranks as the best in the AFC.


The Jaguars return to practice today at the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields.  Head coach Jack Del Rio along with the players will address the media this afternoon.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"I'm not sure if he's available or not yet. We hope to get our guys back. I think he and Jason Hill have a chance. We'll just see where they are.  He, Jason Hill, Derek Cox, Eben (Britton) returned in a limited role (Sunday), and so we should get those four guys back and available. I think Aaron (Kampman) is the one guy we know will remain out."

Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio on the availability of tight end Marcedes Lewis this week

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