AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

  • Per the Athletic’s Stephen Holder, Colts C Ryan Kelly confirmed his agent has been talking with the team about an extension: “I’m hoping it’ll happen soon.”
  • The Colts held out DE Justin Houston from practice on Monday with a minor neck injury from an awkward collision Sunday. (Zak Keefer)
  • Colts CB Kenny Moore also left practice with a strained groin and will be monitored the next few days. 

Jaguars

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew called this offseason different given its the earliest he’s secured the starting role since he graduated from high school. 

“I actually haven’t had a camp like this, going into it, since I guess my senior of high school; it’s awesome,” Minshew said, via John Oehser of the team’s official site.

Jaguars’ new OC Jay Gruden said he’s been impressed with Minshew and the quarterback has shown strong command of their system. 

“I’ve been impressed with Gardner. It starts with being able to call the play in the huddle and he’s been great,” Gruden said. “You’ve got to be able to spit the play out in the huddle. There are a lot of words, formations, motions, shifts – and then the concept of protection. He’s done a great job of spitting that out.”

Gruden added that they are starting to implement more and more of their offensive system. 

“We’re starting the meat and potatoes of our offense,” Gruden said. “I like where his mind’s at, number one. We’re trying to challenge him with these challenges and protections. So far, it’s been great.”

  • Jaguars HC Doug Marrone has been impressed by rookie WR Laviska Shenault: “He’s an incredible athlete. I mean, when you get a visual on him I don’t think you realize until you actually see him up close, how big he is, how strong he is, how powerful he is.” (Michael Giardi)
  • Marrone mentioned the team could look at making a trade to address their sudden issues on the interior defensive line. (Mark Long)
  • Marrone added the team offered DL Rodney Gunter a position on the coaching staff after he had to retire. (Kassidy Hill)
  • Jaguars 2019 third-round TE Josh Oliver broke a bone in his foot during non-contact drills and will have surgery. (Long)
  • Jaguars 2019 third-round LB Quincy Williams‘ core muscle surgery was successful. (John Reid)

Texans

  • The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss notes Texans TE Jordan Thomas has looked good to start camp and might force a tough decision between himself and 2019 third-round TE Kahale Warring for the final roster spot. 
  • Texans ST coordinator Tracy Smith mentioned WRs DeAndre Carter, Keke Coutee, Will Fuller and RB Duke Johnson as options at the two return positions. 
  • Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, offensive line consultant Duke Manyweather said Texans LT Laremy Tunsil‘s extensions was well-deserved: “Man, LT’s best football is still ahead of him, which is crazy to say because he has had tremendous success. “That $22 million per year was warranted, reset the market and was very well-deserved.”
  • Texans QB Deshaun Watson thinks having a full offseason with Houston will be good for Tunsil heading into 2020: “To know the whole offense, see him work, see him get healthy, it’s been incredible. We’ve built that chemistry off the field as more than just being a teammate, as a brother. I know he’s going to have another, even better season this year.”
  • Tunsil’s own personal goal is to fix his penalty issues that he had in 2019: “I’m going to go ahead and throw this out there, my main goal is to fix the penalties I had last year. That was one of the main things I wanted to work on and work with Deshaun this offseason. Moral of the story is just I want to improve.” (Wilson)
  • Texans RB Duke Johnson said he and RB David Johnson will be a big mismatch for defenses: “The biggest thing in this league is matchups. When it comes to me and David, we try to create conflicts with linebackers and safeties to take advantage of the skillset we have.” (Wilson)

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