Jaguars Notes and Quotes

Various team notes and quotes from the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.

    Taylor, who has yet to gain 100 yards in his first three games, is hoping for a breakout game in Kansas City.

    "I've got to have a big game soon," he said. "We're all due. You feel like it's coming every week."

    Taylor had 84 yards against the Broncos to boost his total to 156 yards. He now has 9,669 yards and is 331 yards away from becoming the 21st player to reach the 10,000-yard mark.

    Warrick Dunn could beat him to the 10,000-yard mark because he's at 9683.

    Maurice Jones-Drew, who has lost two fumbles in the first three games, said, "I've got to protect the ball a little bit more."

    He said his teammates were supportive after he lost the fumble in Denver.

    "When I came back to the sidelines, they were like, "you were trying to make a play. Don't change your style of running,' " Jones-Drew said.

    Jones-Drew, who scored 16 touchdowns last year, has yet to score his first one and has only 100 yards in 33 carries.

    5 -- The number of 100-yard games Taylor has compiled after bye weeks. The Jaguars are 3-2 in those games.

    "We are getting explosive plays in our passing game and we're going to get more." -- Coach Jack Del Rio, on the fact the Jaguars had just one completion in the first three games of longer than 33 yards.

    Coach Jack Del Rio said that kicker Josh Scobee still isn't ready to return to his kicking duties after suffering a quad injury in pregame warmups in the opener. Del Rio said that Scobee tried to kick once in practice and found out he wasn't ready to go. That means that John Carney, who has made all five of his kicks, will remain the starter for the foreseeable future.

    --LT Khalif Barnes was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.
    --DT John Henderson was limited in practice Wednesday with a neck injury.
    --G Vince Manuwai was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury.
    --LB Daryl Smith was limited in practice with a thigh injury.
    --C Brad Meester, who underwent ankle surgery during training camp, was back on the practice field Wednesday, but he was limited and isn't expected to play Sunday.

    This will be a battle of running games. The Jaguars will match Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew against Larry Johnson of the Chiefs. When they played in the season finale last year, Johnson rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns while Taylor was hurt and Maurice Jones-Drew gained only 46 yards in 12 carries.

    Jaguars SS Sammy Knight vs. Chiefs TE Larry Johnson. Knight, who played for the Chiefs last year, may have trouble covering Johnson, who has 21 catches for 238 yards in the first four games.

    Jaguars LTs Khalif Barnes or Mo Williams vs. Chiefs RE Jared Allen. Barnes is coming back from an ankle injury and if he has problems or can't play, he'll be replaced by Williams.

    If Barnes, who has a sore ankle and was limited in practice Wednesday, can't play, Williams, who lost the right tackle job to free agent Tony Pashos, will replace him.

    John Henderson (neck) was limited Wednesday along with two other starters, guard Vince Manuwai (hip) and linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh). The Jaguars don't have to reveal if they're probable until Friday.

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