Colts’ scout Anthony Coughlan believes that rookie QB Sam Ehlinger was an easy draft choice for the team, due to the character that he can bring to an NFL locker room.
“We got a chance to interview him at the Senior Bowl. And really everything lined up with how the school vouched for him. Really, he was like a blue-collar guy for us,” Coughlan said, via Colts.com. “I thought he was a no-brainer Horseshoe fit, even from the Zoom calls over the summer in training camp with their staff, everybody just lights up about the kid, his competitive spirit, work ethic, mental toughness, physical toughness. He’s got the “it” factor. To me, it’s the physical, mental toughness, the drive to push when it gets hard just to figure it out, problem solve and find a way to gut it out and win. And he’s got a really unique story just with growing up with his family, really tough with his father, and became the man of the house at a young age and he really just carried that throughout his life and continued to conduct himself in a professional manner through high school, through college.”
“My biggest issue with Jawaan is just consistency and pass protection,” Warhop said, via John Oehser of the team’s official site. “In the run game, he’s physical. Same with Cam [Robinson]. From a run standpoint, I really can’t [complain] about any of our guys and how we approach it. I’m of the belief that there [are] very few teams, if we decide that we want to hand a ball off, are going to stop us from running the ball.”
Warhop added their offensive line’s technique and consistency issues have been addressed and will continue being a focal point going forward.
“Where we struggled last year at times was in pass protection. And that’s a technique issue and a consistency issue. And that’s been addressed and will continue to be addressed, those guys know it. It’s something that we’re not shying away from, so it’ll get better.”
Warhop reiterated that the Jaguars’ offensive lineman has “made strides” this offseason.
“The stuff we have to get better at, I think both those guys have made strides this offseason. We still have to make more strides coming back into the season.”
Texans OL Coach James Campen emphasized the competition amongst multiple positions on the offensive line, following speculation that OT Marcus Cannon could be challenging OT Tytus Howard for the starting right tackle job.
“I think the competition is really more widespread than just two players, and I do believe that,” Campen said, via TexansWire. “We have eight tackles on our roster right now, and I think seven or eight guys that can play. We have some flexibility with our linemen, which I think that is a lineman that can play more than one position and can be trained as such.”
Campen also noted that he didn’t “anticipate him moving very much” while referring to Cannon, who has been a right tackle for most of his career.
Campen believes that the competition is going to make everyone better. He believes the added depth behind a revamped Texans offensive line is going to bring the best out of the group as a whole.
“I think that the competition is what’s going to be really exciting,” Campen said. “It’s going to help these players to get the best out of them, to motivate them, and it’s going to be a heck of a camp until this thing kicks off. I’m excited to see how it shakes out. I really am.”