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NFL Capsule: Jets at Jaguars

NFL Capsule: Jets at Jaguars

NEW YORK JETS (5-7) At JACKSONVILLE (2-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Jets by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD -New York 6-6; Jacksonville 6-6

SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 6-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 23; Jaguars No. 32

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Jaguars 32-3, Sept. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Jets beat Cardinals 7-6; Jaguars lost to Bills 34-18

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (12), PASS (28)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (29), PASS (4)

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (24)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jets QB Mark Sanchez gets start week after being replaced by third-stringer Greg McElroy. Sanchez had two TD passes in last game against Jaguars. ... Backup QB Tim Tebow (ribs) hopes to be active as he plays second NFL game in hometown. Tebow opened career at Jacksonville, losing 24-17 as Denver's backup QB in 2010. ... Jets 6-0 when Shonn Greene runs for at least 100 yards. ... Landry brothers - Jets S LaRon Landry and Jaguars S Dawan Landry - play first regular-season game against each other. They squared off in preseason in 2009 and 2010, when LaRon played for Washington and Dawan played for Baltimore. ``LaRon's a little bit more explosive and faster,'' said Jets LB Bart Scott, who has played with both brothers. ``But, Dawan, definitely you can tell is the big brother.'' ... Jaguars 3-0 vs. Jets at home. ... Jaguars QB Chad Henne went 3-1 vs. Jets as starter with Miami, throwing six TD passes and an interception. ... Cecil Shorts III has TD reception in four consecutive games, tying franchise record held by Reggie Williams (2007). Shorts has five TD catches of at least 20 yards, tying club record held by Jimmy Smith (2000, 2004) and Williams (2007). ... Jaguars likely will be without RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) for at least another week, and with Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Jalen Parmele (groin) also sidelined, special teams ace Montell Owens takes over starting job. ... Jaguars removed one section of tarps covering seats because of demand for tickets, likely because of Tebow's homecoming.

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Keenan Questions?: 5 observations from Day 3 of Ravens training camp

Keenan Questions?: 5 observations from Day 3 of Ravens training camp

OWINGS MILLS – Five observations from Day 3 of Ravens training camp on Saturday, the first practice with players wearing pads:

1. Running back Terrance West looks slimmer, quicker, and impressive both running and pass catching.

West had another strong day of practice, and got plenty of reps with both Kenneth Dixon (knee) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) still out. Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, and Dixon are considered locks to make the 53-man roster. But West, a former Towson star and Baltimore product, could finally be realizing his potential after disappointing stops with the Browns and Titans. West could force the Ravens to keep four running backs, in addition to fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

2. Keenan Reynolds needs to step up his performance at wide receiver.

A host of wide receivers are performing better than Reynolds, who is trying to transition from Navy quarterback to NFL wide receiver. Reynolds had a couple of drops the first three days of practice, and has been unable to get open consistently. Meanwhile, wide receiver Chris Matthews had another strong day, as did Michael Campanaro. Reynolds can help the Ravens as a returner, but they have other players who can fill that role. For Reynolds to secure a roster spot, he needs to show he can help the Ravens as a receiver. Otherwise, the Ravens will face a difficult decision regarding Reynolds, a local fan favorite.

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3. The way Kamalei Correa and Zach Orr are performing, the Ravens may not need to sign a veteran inside linebacker.

Correa had a sparkling one-handed interception Saturday, showing his hands and athleticism. Orr has been reading plays quickly and keeping himself around the football. Even if Correa wins the job at inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley, there could be reps for Orr as well, giving the Ravens a promising young combo.

4. Saturday was not a crisp day for the offense.

The defense was the better unit, as the offense looked sloppy at times. There were a couple of bad snaps out of the shotgun from center Jeremy Zuttah, and a few false starts from the offensive line. There is plenty of time for cleanup before Week 1, but it’s not what the coaches want to see.

5. QB Joe Flacco and TE Dennis Pitta continued to look good.

Saturday made three straight days of practice for Flacco with no noticeable limping or discomfort. Flacco may be wearing a red jersey, but there have been no red flags regarding his surgically-repaired knee. Meanwhile, Pitta took a solid hit from Orr while attempting to make a catch, but Pitta jumped right to his feet. This was another good day for Pitta in his comeback from his second major hip injury.

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DT Jernigan leaves practice early, WR Moore does not practice

DT Jernigan leaves practice early, WR Moore does not practice

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan left Saturday’s practice early, while rookie wide receiver Chris Moore did not practice.  Coach John Harbaugh did not meet with the media after practice, and no reason was immediately given for either absence. ESPN reported that Jernigan suffered a minor rib area strain that was not considered serious.

Cornerback Jerraud Powers took the field for this first training camp practice, after finally passing the conditioning test. Powers was the lone player remaining who had not passed the test.

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In addition to the five players on the PUP list, tight end Crockett Gillmore (hamstring) and running back Kenneth Dixon (knee) did not practice.

In a roster move, the Ravens signed punter Michael Palardy to fill their open roster spot. Sam Koch, a Pro Bowl selection in 2015, is firmly entrenched as the Ravens’ punter. However, Palardy can take practice reps while the Ravens work their punt returners, reducing some of the strain on Koch’s leg.

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Why Yanda knows offensive success hinges on ability to protect Flacco

Why Yanda knows offensive success hinges on ability to protect Flacco

OWINGS MILLS - One of Marshal Yanda’s top priorities is to make sure the offensive line does its best to keep Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco healthy, unlike 2015, when Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury. Having made five straight Pro Bowls as a right guard, Yanda is beginning his 10th NFL season, and his ninth season with Flacco as his quarterback. Yanda knows that much of the Ravens’ offensive success depends on Flacco staying healthy.

“We haven’t really talked about it specifically,” Yanda said. “But obviously, you know as an offensive line, we talk about it, and you coach it. You’re going to keep your guys as far away from the quarterback as possible. Obviously, there is probably more emphasis this year with the knee.”

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When Flacco sees game action for the first time this season, Yanda doesn’t expect his quarterback to play tentatively due to his knee.

“He’s going to have to make his read,” Yanda said. “We have certain plays where he is going to be on the move, no matter what. We know about it: it is conscious in my mind; it is conscious in the offensive line’s mind and his mind, too. I feel like he just has to play through that. I had a knee (injury) once before, and he just has to get reps and get comfortable with the way it is feeling now. It will always feel a little different. That is just normal. It will continue to get normal as he keeps playing.”