AFC South Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

  • Former NFL G Matt Slauson said he received an “incredible opportunity” from Colts HC Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard to join the team’s coaching staff, but declined in order to spend time with his family. (Alex Marvez)
  • Slauson added that he would like to “re-visit the possibility“sometime in the future. 

Texans

Texans HC Bill O’Brien said he is hopeful that third-year RB D’Onta Foreman can progress into an “excellent player” with a good offseason. 

Obviously a very talented guy, but it took him forever to come back from his injury,” O’Brien said. “So, hopefully with a good offseason, here’s a guy that can really be an excellent player. I have a lot of belief in his ability. I think he’s somebody that can help us.

Titans

  • Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com writes the Titans have a difficult decision between impending free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro and S Johnathan Cyprien, given that it would be “tough” to keep both on next year’s roster. 
  • Regarding Vaccaro, Wyatt does not think the franchise tag is an option for the Titans since it cost $11.287 million for safeties last year. 
  • Wyatt believes the likelihood of the Titans trading up in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft ultimately hinges on what they do in free agency.
  • Wyatt expects Titans’ recently hired OC Arthur Smith to incorporate both RBs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis “plenty” on offense. 
  • Regarding their possible draft plans, Titans GM Jon Robinson said they would like to add “nasty” players to their lineup: “We’ve certainly had our fair share of it. We have some tough, nasty guys on our football team. But it is like anything else – if you can have more tough, and nasty guys, the better. It is like a pack of wolves. I wouldn’t want to mess with a wolf, but if you have three or four wolves and you add another four or five wolves, I’d rather go into a fight with seven or eight wolves instead of three. You kind of like your chances a little bit more.”
  • Although Robinson wouldn’t commit to whether they would pursue a backup quarterback, Wyatt believes the Titans are at least “exploring their options.” 
  • Wyatt mentions the Titans’ top needs this offseason as edge rushers, receivers, interior offensive linemen, and “big and disruptive” defensive linemen.

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