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NFL Notes: Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Steelers & Texans

Browns

  • According to Pat McManamon of ESPN, DL Phil Taylor is expected to return from major knee surgery in time for training camp.
  • McManamon does not see the Browns’ offense doing lots of deep passes, but rather sticking to the running game.
  • If the Browns decide to use a running back as a pass-catcher, McManamon expects it to be third-round rookie Duke Johnson.

Colts

  • According to Mike Wells of ESPN, HC Chuck Pagano said¬†sixth-round rookie RB Josh Robinson has the potential to be an “every-down” back, making him a likely candidate for the No. 2 running back role.
  • Wells believes that RB Vick Ballard must show he can stay healthy for a long duration before being considered for the backup running back role.

Jaguars

  • Mike DiRocco of ESPN writes that the Jaguars are not worried about WR Marqise Lee¬†being injury prone, and view him as the No. 2 wide receiver after Allen Robinson.
  • New OL coach Doug Marrone has altered G Zane Beadles‘ stance to help him generate more power, and is expected to be Jacksonville’s starting left guard.
  • Despite his poor performance last season, the team is not displeased with LT Luke Joeckel.
  • CB Dwayne Gratz has been one of the “better” corners during offseason activities, and is expected to be one of the top three cornerbacks on the team.

Steelers

Texans

  • According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN, the Texans’ staff have “seemed pleased” with the development of first-round rookie CB Kevin Johnson.
  • The Texans would “ideally” would like their safeties to be interchangeable at the free safety and strong safety positions, making recently acquired S Stevie Brown the most likely of candidates to start opposite of Rahim Moore.

 

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