AFC Notes: Browns, Colts, Titans

     

Browns

Browns RB Kareem Hunt would start for a number of NFL teams. But in Cleveland, he’s firmly behind starting RB Nick Chubb who came a handful of yards away from leading the league in rushing in 2019. The Browns were able to carve out a role for Hunt in the second half of the season following his eight-game suspension and Hunt said he’s looking to make the most of those opportunities in his second year with the team. 

“Anytime I can get on that field and make something happen, between running the football and blocking, I’m gonna give it 110 every time,” Hunt said via Nathan Zegura of the team’s website. “I’m ready to get out there and do whatever they ask.”

Colts

Colts G Quenton Nelson has rapidly established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the league, period, since being drafted in the top ten two years ago. Nelson’s fire and competitiveness are becoming legendary, like the one time he yelled at GM Chris Ballard during practice. 

“‘We’re playing Chris Jones and you’ve got a 230-pound defensive end [on the scout team]!’” Nelson yelled at Ballard on the sidelines, per Scott Horner of the Indianapolis Star. “‘How am I supposed to get better?’ He sprints back. Peoples’ eyes are [getting large] as he’s yelling at me. I said, ‘Boy, that’s great.’ . . .

“Quenton is a pretty rare competitor,” Ballard continued. “He’s growing vocally. He may be as good a teammate as I’ve ever been around, in terms of caring for others, wanting them to do well, and then his passion for the game.”

Titans

Titans DE Harold Landry broke out in his second season with nine sacks and was Tennessee’s leading pass rusher. But while Landry recorded a sack in the divisional round of the playoffs, he appeared to wear down over the course of the season. He went the final four games of the season without a sack. Tennessee added some reinforcements to its pass rush this offseason and is hoping Landry won’t have to carry as much of a load in 2020. 

“He played a lot of plays for us and he did, probably, too much — that’s on me,” Titans OLB coach Shane Bowen said via Jim Wyatt of the team website. “But we’ve got to find ways to get some other guys that can take some stuff off of him too, and I’ve got to get those guys developed where we are trusting them, putting them in the game, where we feel like they can make plays for us. I’ve got to do a better job of not putting so much on him in terms of play count.”

  • Over The Cap’s Nick Korte lists Titans G Nate Davis, WR A.J. Brown and Landry as players who are helped by the new CBA’s PPE rules and are on track to get raises in their fourth season. 
  • Jim Wyatt of the team website notes the Titans appear to be content with going into 2020 with third-round RB Darrynton Evans as the primary backup to RB Derrick Henry
  • Wyatt adds if Tennessee were to add a veteran running back, David Fluellen makes sense given he spent his first three seasons in the league with the Titans. 
  • Wyatt says there are no plans to play first-round OT Isaiah Wilson at guard. 
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