AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

  • Per Joel Erickson of the Indy Star, Colts WR T.Y. Hilton doesn’t anticipate being on the non-football injury list long with his hamstring issue: “I feel better. Feeling like myself. Probably have a couple more days, maybe another week.”
  • Hilton acknowledged that he’s “absolutely” considered the possibility that this could be his final season with the Colts: “If this is my last year (in Indianapolis), I will give it all I’ve got.” (Charlie Clifford)

Jaguars

Real practices haven’t even started and the Jaguars are already in trouble on the defensive line. Jacksonville said goodbye to veterans Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus this offseason. Meanwhile, DT Al Woods and DE Lerentee McCray opted out of the 2020 season, while DTs Dontavius Russell and Brian Price landed on injured reserve. Veteran DL Rodney Gunter is also on the reserve non-football injury list. 

“I’m not going to say it’s not a concern; that would be ridiculous,” Jaguars HC Doug Marrone said via John Oehser of the team website. “It would be a lack of awareness.”

In the past week, the Jaguars have signed DL Adam Gotsis, Caraun Reid and DT Carl Davis to try and bolster the position group. Marrone might be trying to put a spin on it, but he is optimistic the team can find contributors out of that group. 

“We’re bringing in guys that we feel have a chance,” Marrone said. “I think where you get disappointed is if you’re bringing in players just to be able to survive practice and not bringing in people who have an opportunity to make the team. We’ve got guys who have good numbers, good intangibles and who show some flexibility. Some of these guys we’re signing, they’ve bounced around a little bit and they’re champing at the bit to try to get a job. I feel comfortable with the guys we’re bringing in here.”

Jacksonville will also be relying on incumbents like former first-round DT Taven Bryan to step up and take a bigger role. Marrone believes Bryan has finally found his home in the Jaguars’ defense and is ready to break out. 

“I really we probably didn’t help him early on his career,” Marrone said. “Technically, technique-wise, that probably stopped a little bit of the growth. When we kept him in one spot, you really saw some growth and saw him make some plays. I think he’ll take another big step this year.”

  • The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia outlines six possible trades that could still happen this year, including the Browns trading a second-round pick to Jacksonville for DE Yannick Ngakoue
  • Kapadia says a second-round pick is likely the best the Jaguars can hope to get for Ngakoue and is more preferable than him holding out or signing his tag to report for a year. 

Texans

  • NBC Sports’ Peter King reveals Texans WR Kenny Stills seriously contemplated opting out of the 2020 season. Texans WR Randall Cobb was also close to opting out. 
  • The Texans hosted OT Antonio Garcia for a free-agent visit on Friday. (Howard Balzer)

Titans

  • Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site expects Titans CB Chris Milton to make the active roster given he’s liked by the coaching staff and GM Jon Robinson. 
  • Wyatt is unsure how the Titans will fine DE Vic Beasley for his unexcused absence from training camp. 
  • Wyatt still thinks the Titans could sign a free-agent wide receiver, but the coaching staff would like to observe the current players on their roster. 
  • Titans DT Jeffery Simmons said he wanted to lose some weight heading into his second season after spending much of last year during the pre-draft process rehabbing a knee injury: “I felt like my knee made a lot of progression during last season, but at the end of it, I knew I needed to do a little more strengthening/maintenance.” (Erik Bacharach)
  • Simmons dropped from 320 down to 310 pounds. (Michael Giardi)
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