“No doubt, that’s exactly what you’re getting,” offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, via Kevin Bowen of 1075TheFan. “You’re getting a veteran that has done it and has done it well. So we are going to be able to trust him where we can just line up and no matter who is lined up over there – our philosophy always is to try and give them some help with a chip every now and again just to give them a breather, but at the same time we are going to be able to trust both sides with Braden (Smith) on the other side, which is going to be huge to open up our offense.”
John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reports several Jaguars players earned workout bonuses for their participation in OTAs this offseason, including:
- S Rayshawn Jenkins ($500,000)
- CB Shaquill Griffin ($500,000)
- DE Roy Robertson-Harris ($400,000)
- LB Myles Jack ($250,000)
- LB Joe Schobert ($200,000)
- DE Dawuane Smoot ($200,000)
- WR Jamal Agnew ($200,000)
- TE Chris Manhertz ($200,000)
- QB C.J. Beathard ($100,000)
- The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss notes the Texans will have a number of players making the transition from standup outside linebackers to hand-in-the-dirt defensive ends this season as Houston moves to a 4-3 defense, including Whitney Mercilus, Jacob Martin and Jonathan Greenard.
- Reiss thinks the transition will actually suit Greenard well, as coverage wasn’t a strong point for him. Mercilus hasn’t played as a full-time defensive end since he was in college, though, and Martin is small for the position at 6-2 and 242 pounds.
- Under new DC Lovie Smith, the Texans will move S Justin Reid back to a more coverage-focused role after he struggled closer to the line of scrimmage in 2020, per Reiss.
- According to Pro Football Network’s Adam Beasley, the Houston police department’s investigation into Texans QB Deshaun Watson is still ongoing.
- Beasley adds there’s a belief in some NFL circles that even if the Texans were to trade Watson, the league would block the move until Watson’s legal situation could be resolved.