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Top of the Morning News, September 29, 2011


"Consequently it's no surprise the New Orleans Saints have faced rookie quarterbacks nine times in the past two years and allowed them 2 passing touchdowns and intercepted them 15 times."  The Times-Union

 "In his first five years, Jacksonville's franchise running back had a penchant for slow starts during the season's first month, topping the century mark just three times in 17 games. He bucked the trend this month by averaging more than 100 yards rushing against Tennessee, the New York Jets and Carolina, putting up career-best numbers eight months after knee surgery and with little preseason work."  Associated Press

"Will the Saints blitz? Yes. Will they do it often? Yes. Will they be confusing and – to use the most over-used term of the week – "exotic?""

Jaguars center Brad Meester and quarterback Blaine Gabbert are ready to put the fumbled snaps behind them.  The Times-Union

 "The Saints (2-1) have scored more than 30 points in each of their first three games. Drew Brees has nine touchdown passes, only two interceptions, 1,059 passing yards and a 109.7 passer rating."  The Times-Union

"Not only does confidence remain high for Sunday's game, but there is a strong feeling around the Jaguars' offense that the unit has a very real chance to be productive this season."

Scouting the opponent

Drew Brees says the Saints face a big challenge from the Jaguars defense on Sunday.  The Times-Picayune

The Saints could have a new starter on the offensive line against the Jaguars.  The Times-Picayune

Will wide receiver Marques Colston be back in the lineup?  The Times-Picayune

"What you try to pay attention to is we know that they run the ball extremely well.  They have one of the better runners in our league in Maurice Jones-Drew.  He's physical, he's fast, he's elusive, and he gave us fits the last time we played them here."

Around the NFL

The Raiders are off to a 2-1 start and have the rest of the league taking notice.

Bill Cowher is among first-year candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Associated Press

The Colts lost two defensive starters for the season.  Indianapolis Star

Don Banks of has the Saints ranked No. 2 in his latest power rankings. 

"This might be the last simple place left in the NFL. A place where fans navigate tiny roads and pass signs for $10 parking on people's front lawns, and they can walk to a stadium that doesn't look like the Emirates Palace. And when they do visit they can find an RV in the middle of the parking lot where a Hall of Fame quarterback tailgates just like them – every game-day morning."

Tweet, Tweet

You can only control what you can control, my time is coming until than I'm staying patient and working hard. Focus on getting better daily

@CecilShortsIII (wide receiver Cecil Shorts III)

14 year old just changed up Justin Biebers song and made it that much better! #XFactor

@ZachPotter88 (tight end Zach Potter)

Knowing that I can be beat...keeps me sharp, keeps me focused on the right things, so that I make that possibility very difficult...

@MarcedesLewis89 (tight end Marcedes Lewis)

If you think about it. Pitchers in baseball should be the best hitters because they know what is coming... #logic

@Chastman11 (wide receiver Chastin West)

My patience is impatient with ME!!! I get on ME's nerves!

@kassimosgood81 (wide receiver Kassim Osgood)

Stat of the day

In the Jaguars last meeting with the Saints on November 4, 2007, quarterback Quinn Gray connected with Reggie Williams for an 80-yard touchdown which remains the second-longest completion in franchise history.  Byron Leftwich's 84-yard touchdown pass to Troy Edwards on Sept. 28, 2003 at Houston is the longest completion in franchise history.


The Jaguars are scheduled to practice in pads today at the Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields.  Special teams coordinator Russ Purnell will meet with the media this afternoon.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"I think our timing is great, but last week the weather limited us, it's plain and simple. Everybody saw that. You could barely see the game on television because it was that rainy. We know that limited our offense and made it one-dimensional and that's why Maurice [Jones-Drew] had to pick up a bunch of yards for us. That's why we had to lean on our offensive line and Greg Jones had to pick up a few yards because they knew it's tough to throw the football in those type of conditions. This week we're just going to execute, do our thing and execute the plays that coach [Dirk] Koetter calls."

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert on getting the receivers more involved

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