Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Brees Provides Stiff Challenge

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Brees Provides Stiff Challenge

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

Drew Brees wasn't supposed to be this good.

"Not big enough, not fast enough, not big enough arm," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said, tongue firmly in cheek. "Just a great player."

How does he do it?

"People come in different and shapes and you can't measure the heart," Del Rio said. "I think we have a guy on our team, Maurice Jones-Drew, that heard some of the same things. So football players come in different size packages, but he's clearly one of the elite players in the league at his position and has done a great job in his time there in New Orleans."

For the second week in a row, the Jaguars will be facing an offense that's been statistically one of the best in the league.

Brees has thrown the ball 130 times and completed 68.5 percent of his passes despite injuries to several receivers. It will be a strong test for the Jaguars defense, which ranks fourth in the NFL.

"He has total command, total control of the offense," Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said.

"It's evident in the tempo, the way they run plays, the way they come out of the huddle. He has absolute control of that offense."

Brees is expected to get one of his receivers back this week. Saints coach Sean Payton said Marques Colston, who missed the past two games with a collarbone injury, will play.

"He has so many options and he's a very smart, intelligent quarterback," Jaguars cornerback Drew Coleman said. "The weapons he has are definitely, we have to account for all of them."


Enough non-premium tickets have been sold to avoid a TV blackout for Sunday's game.

The Jaguars said a limited number of tickets remain, but the game will be televised regionally on Fox and locally on WAWS.

The Jaguars haven't had a game blacked out this season. This week, the Bengals are blacking out their home game against Buffalo, and the Chargers are blacking out their home game against Miami.

Sunday's game at EverBank Field will feature the annual Jaguars food drive. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected at each gate. …

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