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Thursday, October 10, 2013
RTC: Rookies vs. Peyton Manning

By Michael DiRocco

How big is the discrepancy between Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and the Jaguars' secondary?

Manning has been to 12 Pro Bowls. Safeties Josh Evans and John Cyprien have started 10 NFL games. Combined.

That's why Sunday's game between the teams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High will likely be their "Welcome to the NFL" moment, writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.

"We’re going up against a future Hall of Famer,” Evans said. “He’ll go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play this game, so to get a chance to face him is going to be a great experience."

Here's my story on Evans and Cyprien facing Manning, in which they admit it will be a bit strange being on the same field as the player they grew up watching.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars content from around the web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:

If the Jaguars upset the Broncos, a Dallas promotions company says it will donate $100,000 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

A Louisville, Ky., radio station reports that the Jaguars have asked for three credentials to Thursday's nationally-televised game against Rutgers. The attraction, obviously, is quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is expected to be the first quarterback drafted in May should he opt to bypass his senior season.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper discuss whether the Jaguars can keep Sunday's game close.

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran lists three storylines to follow this week: cornerback Mike Harris will be busy, defensive tackle Abry Jones' increasing role, and Denver's simple approach on offense.

Maurice Jones-Drew is close to 100 percent recovered from the ankle injury he suffered against Oakland, writes the T-U's Vito Stellino.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: Jones-Drew also said the Broncos may be really good, but the Jaguars aren't going to back down; the weekly NFL Nation Buzz video about the Jaguars' biggest storylines this week; Grantland's Bill Barnwell says coach Gus Bradley's decision to take three points off the scoreboard and go for a touchdown was correct; our weekly QB Watch feature.