AFC South Notes: Jaguars, Texans, Titans

Jaguars

The Jaguars signed veteran G Andrew Norwell to a five-year, $66.5 million contract this offseason, but Norwell says there’s still plenty for him to work on moving forward.

“There’s a lot of stuff that I need to work on,” Norwell said, via Jacksonville.com. “I go out there every day with the goal of getting better and being a better person than I was yesterday.”

Jaguars OL coach Pat Flaherty explains that they felt Norwell was the best blocker in this year’s free agent class and think his work ethic is why he’s been so successful in the NFL.

We all felt that Andrew was the best blocker out there coming out of free agency this year, so very happy that the management decided to go after him,” Flaherty said. “From Day 1, the type of personality [Norwell] has, he’s a worker, and I really believe that’s why he is where he is in his career because from Day 1 he had something to prove. He’ll continue to take an approach like that. In our offensive line room, he’ll fit in very well.

Texans

Texans HC Bill O’Brien mentioned that WR Will Fuller has put together some impressive workouts up to this point.

“He’s had a really good couple of days out here,” O’Brien said, via HoustonTexans.com.He’s a really good route runner. He’s just a really good guy to work with. He’s very smart, he’s smooth.”

O’Brien explained that it sometimes requires a few years for a receiver to develop at the NFL level.

“I think it takes a while to develop at receiver,” O’Brien said. “I think it takes one year, two years – especially if you’re dealing with injuries – so if he can stay healthy, I think he has real good potential in our offense.”

According to Fuller, his 2017 season was “unacceptable” and he’s looking to change that in 2018.

“Just out here trying to get the timing down, just trying to get better,” Fuller said. “Having a better season than last year. What we put out there was unacceptable, so just having a better season.

Titans

  • Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ official site writes that the decision to move on from HC Mike Mularkey this offseason had more to do with the “big picture and vision” for the team than the results of last season.
  • While high expectations for Tennessee will be high this season, Wyatt says that it would be unfair to judge new HC Mike Vrabel after just a single year at the helm.
  • Wyatt views both Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis as capable third-down running backs for the Titans this season.

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