Jaguars news roundup 9/8

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars news around the internet you may have missed.

Blaine Gabbert expected to start for Jaguars vs. Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
The Jaguars expect to have Blaine Gabbert at quarterback today against the Chiefs. Although Gabbert is listed as questionable with a thumb injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Gabbert is expected to play. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said last week that his defense was preparing for both Gabbert and Jaguars backup quarterback Chad Henne, but Gabbert has been saying since he suffered the thumb injury that he expected to play in the opener, and now it appears that he will.

No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel debuts for Jags, with No. 1 pick on opposite sideline | jacksonville.com
For three-plus months, through his announcement to leave Texas A&M, meetings with potential agents and the endless pre-draft gauntlet of media interviews and visits to NFL facilities, Luke Joeckel was aware of the widespread speculation.He would go No. 1 in the NFL Draft to the Kansas City Chiefs and would move from his natural left tackle spot to right tackle.Only part of the story came true.

Saturday primer: Jaguars-Chiefs
There will be butterflies. Absolutely. As Gus Bradley sees it, there likely won’t be any avoiding that Sunday, nor should there be. His first game as an NFL head coach. A chance to see his players play. For real. At last. It’s natural to be excited, and Bradley – the Jaguars’ first-year head coach – said without question when the Jaguars play host to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 regular-season opener at EverBank Field Sunday, he will have the expected nerves and energy . . .

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