AFC Notes: Bills, Colts, Titans

     

Bills

  • The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia analyzed Bills second-round OL Cody Ford to see if he’s better suited to be a guard or tackle as a rookie. 
  • Ford has taken reps at both and started at both positions during the preseason. 
  • Buscaglia believes guard is a more natural fit for Ford early on given his bigger learning curve dealing with speed on the edge. Ford played guard his last year of college at Oklahoma.
  • Buscaglia also thinks Ford would be a solid option at right tackle if an injury forced him into action. 
  • The Bills could have interest in recently-released P Ryan Allen, as no clear winner has emerged from their punting competition. (Buscaglia)
  • Bills C Mitch Morse remains in the concussion protocol, though he did return to practice in full pads and without a non-contact jersey. (Vic Carucci)
  • Bills DC Leslie Frazier said DT Jordan Phillips “wants to be a starter” but has accepted a lesser role with first-round DT Ed Oliver joining the team. (Marcel Louis-Jacques)

Colts

  • Per the Athletic’s Zak Keefer, Colts HC Frank Reich said QB Andrew Luck won’t practice this week, and the issue is Luck’s “full speed movement vs. pain threshold.”
  • Keefer says ideally the team will want to know Luck’s status for Week 1 by next Monday. 
  • According to the Athletic’s Stephen Holder, the Colts might need to carry three quarterbacks into the regular season if they’re unsure about Luck’s health. 
  • Backup QB Chad Kelly‘s two-game suspension severely hurts his chances for a roster spot and helps Phillip Walker, as Indianapolis’ need for a QB decreases after the first two games. Holder thinks the Colts could bring in someone more experienced than either Walker or Kelly regardless. 
  • If the Colts have questions about second-round WR Parris Campbell‘s hamstring, Holder says they could keep six wide receivers, with Zach Pascal getting the final spot. 
  • Holder thinks TE Ross Travis could have the edge over UDFA Hale Hentges for a roster spot because his skillset adds more diversity to the tight end room.
  • Holder adds DL Jihad Ward, CB Jalen Collins and S Matthias Farley could be on the wrong side of the roster bubble. 
  • Colts backup QB Jacoby Brissett has had an “outstanding” camp and preseason, per Reich. (Joel Erickson)
  • Reich said Colts DE Jabaal Sheard is making good progress, but did not say if he’d be ready for Week 1. (Mike Chappell)

Titans

  • According to Jim Wyatt of the official team website, Titans WRs Cody Hollister and Kalif Raymond are more likely practice squad candidates than final roster candidates despite strong performances in camp and the preseason. 
  • Wyatt adds Titans HC Mike Vrabel‘s experiences as a former player have influenced his philosophy when dealing with injuries. Players like TE Delanie Walker and OT Taylor Lewan have commented on how they appreciate Vrabel’s patience and how he doesn’t rush them back. 
  • Titans OT Jack Conklin has slimmed down by eight to 10 pounds heading into 2019. (Terry McCormick)

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