AFC Notes: Chargers, Colts, Titans

     

Chargers

  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Chargers WR Keenan Allen left Monday night’s game with back spasms, but with the team’s bye moved up to Week 6, he has more time to recover and not miss any time. 
  • That allowed WR Mike Williams to establish more of a rapport with first-round QB Justin Herbert. Herbert had targeted Williams just five times in the two games they’d played before but looked his way eight times for five receptions, 109 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.: “I just told him trust me. That’s the main thing I tell him every day. ‘Trust me, bro. It may not look sweet, just throw it up. I’ll go get it.’” (Gilbert Manzano)
  • Chargers WR coach Phil McGeohan is on personal leave and did not travel with the team to New Orleans, though he retains his position on staff. (Pelissero)

Colts

Colts’ HC Frank Reich says he has no plans to replace QB Philip Rivers with backup QB Jacoby Brissett following their loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

“No,” Reich said, via Zak Keefer of The Athletic. “Philip is our quarterback. My trust at the end of the day is that this guy is a Hall of Fame quarterback. I have the utmost belief in him, and our team has the utmost belief in him, and you’re gonna have to live with some mistakes. We truly believe the good will far outweigh the bad.”

  • Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, if Cowboys QB Dak Prescott were to hit free agency, the Colts and Bears stand out as teams who would likely make a hard run at him. 
  • The Colts already are among 2021’s projected leaders in cap space and will clear nearly $50 million without Rivers or Brissett on the roster. 
  • Colts OC Nick Sirianni said the team needs to do a better job of utilizing TEs Jack Doyle, Trey Burton and Mo Alie-Cox, including specifically getting Alie-Cox the ball more: “We have to be able to get our playmakers the football.” (George Bremer)

Titans

Titans’ GM Jon Robinson admitted that the team wasn’t always following the protocols at all times, including the wearing of masks.

“As far as the masks are concerned, we’ve been fairly compliant. To say that we’re 100% would be a false statement. There have certainly been some inconsistencies there. I’ve talked to several other GMs during this time, who have reached out to me and just checked on us and how we’re doing and my family because they know my personal situation. They face some of the same things we’ve faced with masks. We’re constantly reminding players. That’s been one of the more challenging things.”

Despite other teams doing the same, it could be Robinson who could be facing discipline from the league.

“We haven’t had any punishment yet but it has been frustrating,” Robinson said, via Grant Gordon of NFL.com. “I’ve tried, I haven’t looked at all the stuff that’s out there, I’m sure it’s probably not nice, that’s not a world I try to live in, I try to stay focused on this football team and make sure that we try to get better and keep everybody safe. It’s a challenge. It really is a challenge to work through for myself and coach Vrabel. Looking at the phone at 3:30 in the morning hasn’t been a lot of sleep had, and then working through it as we get the information and working with the league and the PA. We’ve been extremely transparent with both groups with our situation, as they try to piece things together so that we could put some things in place so this doesn’t happen again. With the investigation, and nothing’s final yet, not to be dodgy here, but I can’t really get into all the details until the league and the PA make their final determination. But I would say we were transparent with the league with everything. The league has talked to all of our players and all of our coaches, certainly me, and we’re continuing to work through and awaiting the direction there. Prior to leaving for Minnesota we looked back at some of our tracking data and we actually added busses for that Minnesota trip, from here to the hangar where we leave, and then upon arrival there in Minnesota to try and further distance people. When we got back from Minnesota, that Tuesday is when that first cluster of positives started. As we got wind of that, Mike and I, we decided to shut the building down that Tuesday morning. The league called shortly after with instructions about how to shut the building down and how to move forward, in which we set out to put that in place. The league has been down, they’ve talked to us. We’ve been cooperative with the league and the PA. I’d like to thank both of those guys for working with us, for taking our feedback, and trying to improve things so that it doesn’t happen again. Since the start of this COVID outbreak back in March, we’ve taken this thing extremely seriously. We say it all the time, but the health and safety of our players and our coaches and our staff and their families, all of that is the most important thing.”

  • NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports the Titans had no positive COVID-19 results from Monday’s round of testing which enabled them to play Tuesday night’s game against the Bills. 
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