AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

Colts Area Scout Chris McGaha spoke in-depth about why the Colts were so high on selecting USC receiver Michael Pittman Jr. in the second round of the draft. Part of the reason is most likely that McGaha never saw Pittman lose in a one-on-one situation.

“Watching him in practice, I never saw him lose a one-on-one rep,” McGaha said, via Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan. “I know that might sound crazy, but it’s true. The coaches at USC, they’re great, they let you stay for the entire practice, so I would really dial in when it was 1-on-1 time and watch him compete and see what kind of competitor he was. I’m not just saying this, but I never saw him lose a one-on-one rep all the times I was there for practice.”

Pittman’s attitude, which shows poise and maturity needed at the NFL level, also impressed McGaha and the Colts scouts.

“(Pittman) wasn’t a guy who would win a rep and let you know about it either,” McGaha added. “He would just go about his business. He’d win a rep and then jog back to the huddle.”

Jaguars

2020 is shaping up to be a referendum on Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew and his future with the franchise. Minshew played well as a rookie and basically ran QB Nick Foles out of town. But if he struggles, there won’t be anything preventing Jacksonville from replacing the former sixth-round pick. Minshew is clearly aware of that and has been stepping up to lead extra video sessions during OTAs to compensate for the lack of on-field work. 

“Getting to know Gardner a little bit, he’s hard worker,” Jaguars TE Tyler Eifert said on Sirius XM NFL Radio via Pro Football Talk. “He took charge, took initiative during the OTAs to get the guys together aside from our OTA meetings. We’d get on and do like a virtual walkthrough. It’s just good to learn a little bit different than just looking at your installs and trying to memorize it. You’ve got to think on your feet a little bit.”

Texans

Texans’ rookie LB Jonathan Greenard spoke about having the ability to play with a superstar like DE J.J. Watt during his rookie season in the league.

“It’s crazy. He’s kind of like this big brother to you now instead of this guy you watch on TV,” Greenard said, via Aaron Wilson. “I respect everything he has done. Being on the calls with him and taking little gems and wisdom from him, it’s really good.”
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