AFC South: Toney Clemons

Click here for a full list of Jacksonville Jaguars roster moves.

Most significant move: The Jaguars’ No. 3 quarterback has yet to practice with the team.

Matt Scott and Mike Kafka were among the 21 players the Jaguars cut on Friday, meaning the team will begin preparations for the Sept. 8 season opener against Kansas City with Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and Ricky Stanzi as the quarterbacks. Neither Kafka nor Scott played well in the preseason: Kafka completed 13 of 29 passes with one touchdown and one interception while Scott completed 18 of 40 passes with one interception. Scott also had a fumble returned for a touchdown.

The Jaguars signed Stanzi on Tuesday after he was released by the Chiefs and cleared waivers. The former fifth-round draft pick in 2011 spent the past two seasons on the Chiefs’ active roster. He never appeared in a regular-season game, but Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he got a good report on Stanzi from Jaguars scout Kyle O’Brien, who spent the 2012 season with the Chiefs.

"We liked what we saw on film of him, I can tell you that," Bradley said. "We really did. We liked him. We were evaluating him out in warm-ups [on Thursday night], you know, when he was throwing the ball. So we did like him, and one of our scouts was with Kansas City and was intrigued by him and I think it passed on to us."

It’s still unclear whether Gabbert (hairline fracture in his right thumb) will be able to start the season opener. If he can’t, Henne would get the start and Stanzi would be No. 2. If Gabbert can play, Stanzi would likely be inactive.

One extra spot: The Jaguars will receive a roster exemption on Saturday for receiver Justin Blackmon, who will serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. That allows the Jaguars to keep a 54-man roster, but it also means that the Jaguars have only five receivers on the roster right now: Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, Mike Brown, Ace Sanders and Jordan Shipley. That’s an area that the Jaguars likely will address this weekend from the waiver wire.

Onward and upward: CB Marcus Trufant is an 11-year veteran who played well in the preseason, but he doesn’t fit into the Jaguars’ youth movement in the secondary. Plus, the signing earlier this week of Will Blackmon made him expendable because of Blackmon’s age (28, four years younger than Trufant) and special-teams ability. Still, Trufant is an experienced, heady player who could find himself on a roster. The Jaguars liked defensive end Pannel Egboh but his production didn’t match his measurables (6-foot-6, 277 pounds). It wouldn’t be surprising if he ended up on another roster within the next few days. The Jaguars' roster may be one of the thinnest in the league, so it’s unlikely that there will be much interest in most of the players cut.

What's next: The Jaguars certainly aren’t anywhere close to being done with cutting and adding players. Bradley and GM Dave Caldwell have both said they plan on continuously scouring the waiver wire in an effort to improve the bottom part of the roster, so expect more moves over the weekend. Most of the impending signings will likely center around their ability to help on special teams. The units have struggled during camp and in the preseason, which is why linebackers Brandon Marshall, Michael Zimmer and Julian Stanford were released. The Jaguars added linebacker Andy Studebaker in mid-August and linebacker Kyle Knox and cornerback Blackmon, both of whom were released by Seattle, earlier this week. Blackmon was signed on Wednesday and played well in the Jaguars’ 20-16 victory over Atlanta on Thursday night, returning a punt for 21 yards.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars wrap up the preseason in Atlanta against the Falcons tonight (7:30 p.m. ET). Here are three things to watch:

The quarterbacks: With starter Blaine Gabbert out with a hairline fracture of his right thumb, Chad Henne gets the start. But he and the rest of the team’s starters will play only 10-15 snaps. That leaves Mike Kafka and Matt Scott to play the majority of the game.

The two are battling for the No. 3 quarterback spot. Neither has been particularly impressive in the preseason. Kafka has completed 7 of 14 passes for 27 yards and one interception while Scott has completed 12 of 28 passes for 103 yards. They’ve played in every game.

The team claimed former Kansas City QB Ricky Stanzi off waivers on Tuesday, but that move appears to be more about picking his brain about the Chiefs (whom the Jaguars play in the regular-season opener) than anything else.

So it’s Scott versus Kafka for the third quarterback spot. It’s a critical competition, at least for the early part of the season. There’s some doubt that Gabbert will be ready to go in Week 1, in which case Henne would start and the Kafka/Scott winner would be the No. 2.

Jonathan Cyprien: Coach Gus Bradley has said several times this week that he wants Cyprien to get more reps against the Falcons. The second-round draft pick missed the first two weeks of training camp because of a hamstring injury.

The 6-foot, 217-pound safety is a better option in the secondary than Chris Prosinski, who was picked on by Miami in the preseason opener, including a play in which he got turned around on a touchdown pass. Cyprien seemed to be unsure of himself at times in last Saturday’s game against the Eagles and the extra playing time will certainly help.

Cyprien will be one of two rookie starters in the secondary (cornerback Dwayne Gratz is the other). They’re going to make mistakes but the best way to limit those is to get as much time on the field as possible.

The battle at WR: Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders and Mike Brown are set, which leaves five players competing for two spots. The top two candidates are Jordan Shipley and Tobais Palmer, with Jeremy Ebert, Toney Clemons and Charly Martin likely on the outside.

The 5-11, 178-pound Palmer is intriguing because of his speed, but he has fumbled two punts in the preseason and that may be something he can’t overcome. Shipley leads the bubble group of receivers with four catches for 48 yards. He also has value on special teams as a punt and kickoff returner, which may be enough to win him one of the final two spots.
Reading the coverage …

An interesting read on strategy in the (still) new construct of overtime, from Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats.

Houston Texans

Since an Oct. 23 win in Nashville last year, the Texans are 11-1 in games started by Matt Schaub, who’s on a great streak, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

To which I say: Schaub's been giving the Texans whatever they need and they have to be thrilled with his ability to lead.

The Texans remain atop McClain’s NFL power rankings.

Former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee is ill with cancer, says the AP.

Indianapolis Colts

Five things to consider as the Colts prepare for the Lions, from Phillip B. Wilson. Among them: Where’s Ndamukong Suh and how can the Colts keep Andrew Luck upright?

Defensive tackle Josh Chapman’s rookie year is a washout because of the knee injury he came into the league with, but he can still be an impact guy next year, says, Phillip. B. Wilson.

To which I say: Too many people got too fired up about the rookie as a potential savior.

Luck is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The Colts signed safety Delano Howell from the Bills practice squad and announced Seth Olsen will return to practice but remain on IR. They have three weeks to decide whether to activate Olsen or return him to IR.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have had trouble keeping running backs healthy this season. Jalen Parmele is the latest casualty, with a groin injury that landed him on IR, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

After a slow start, Marcedes Lewis is getting more involved in the passing offense, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.

To which I say: Chad Henne's determined to make this happen and seems to have a sense of how to do so.

The Jaguars signed cornerback Antwaun Molden, receiver Quan Cosby, running back Jordan Todman and receiver Toney Clemons, says O’Halloran.

Key storylines to watch as the Jaguars prepare for the Bills, from John Oehser of Paul Posluszny will be a key in stopping C.J. Spiller.

Tennessee Titans

Mike Munchak said firing Chris Palmer was the right thing to do at the right time, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The decision was Munchak's, and now he expects fresh ideas from Dowell Loggains. “If we do play better, then a lot of us will be here next year,” Munchak said. “If not, then who knows what could happen? We get that.”

John Glennon of The Tennessean writes that there "seemed to be a disconnect -- perhaps even a generation-gap problem -- between Palmer and some of his key offensive skill players.” The challenge now is to get the unit to be as good as the sum of its parts.

To which I say: It's hard to project how well they'll be able to do that at this stage, but Loggains certainly can connect with younger guys in a different way.

Firing Palmer does little to fix the Titans, says David Climer of The Tennessean who believes Palmer is a scapegoat.