AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans


Colts HC Frank Reich says that QB Jacob Eason has “earned” the backup quarterback job.

I think Jacob has earned that spot,’’ Reich said, via Fox59. “I think he’s done a nice job. Really happy with his progress.’’

Reich points out Eason’s arm talent as a reason for granting him the backup duties, while stating that he seemed poised and comfortable within the offense.

I think his bright spots have really been throwing the ball down the field, making some nice chunk plays down the field,’’ Reich said. “I think the other bright spot for Jacob was that it wasn’t too big for him, that he got in there and looked comfortable, looked like he belonged. We expected that, but you never know until you actually get in there and I think he’s earned the trust and respect of the team.’


Jaguars DC Joe Cullen‘s focus of the offseason was stopping the run. If the results from the preseason carry over into the regular season, it appears as if Cullen has accomplished his primary goal.

It’s going to be pretty tough to run the ball on us,” S Jarrod Wilson said, via

“I’d like to compliment the whole defensive front,” Meyer said, while praising second-year DT DaVon Hamilton. “It’s been three weeks in a row that we’ve won the line of scrimmage. DaVon, he’s a big part of this defense.

“Joe, calling the style of defense we’ve played – big, thick cats that can control the line of scrimmage and he (Hamilton) is a big part of that. So is (DL) Malcom Brown.”

  • Aaron Wilson reports the Jaguars worked out K Lirim Hajrullahu


Texans CB Bradley Roby is dealing with a “slight concussion” according to Aaron Wilson. The veteran cornerback was held out of Houston’s preseason finale against Tampa Bay.

We didn’t want to take a chance on him with that,” Texans HC David Culley said.

Roby is serving the final game of his six-game suspension after testing positive for PED’s. Culley reassured that even though Roby won’t play in the Texans’ regular-season opener against the Jaguars, that he will be good to go moving forward.

Bradley won’t play in the first game, but Bradley’s fine,” Culley said.

Wilson writes that with Roby out, CB Vernon Hargreaves III is slated to start opposite CB Terrance Mitchell.

We feel comfortable with whoever ends up getting that starting job out there in place of Bradley,” Culley said. “That cornerback position has been a good position for us. Obviously, there’s not a lot of depth there now because of some of the injuries, but we feel comfortable that whoever we put back there will be good.

  • Former Texans RB Buddy Howell is open to returning to the team’s practice squad if he’s not picked up: “Smart man would know there can’t be that many running backs in the room. It’s a business. They’re gonna run w/ who they want to run with.” (Mark Berman)
  • Aaron Wilson reports Texans WR Andre Roberts had a bruised knee in the preseason, but he is expected to be ready for Week 1.
  • According to Mike Lombardi, a team “over-offered” the Texans for QB Deshaun Watson and Houston turned down that offer, leading that team to believe Watson isn’t actually available. 
  • Culley said he hasn’t spoken to the league about whether Watson will begin the season on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Culley mentioned that OL Marcus Cannon is back at practice on a limited basis. (Aaron Wilson)
  • Wilson reports the Texans are optimistic Cannon could be available for Week 1
  • Culley added there will not be a primary running back: “It’s running back by committee for us.” (Sarah Barshop)
  • According to Ian Rapoport, LB Whitney Mercilus has a hamstring injury. 

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