AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

  • Per the Athletic’s Zak Keefer, Colts WR T.Y. Hilton, coming off his first 100-yard game of the season this past week against the Texans, believes he still has a ton left at the age of 31: “You seen it last week: I’m still effective, I’m still dominant. I can dominate any team, any game, no matter where we’re at … I feel great, I’m excited, if I’m a free agent, I’m a free agent … God got a plan for me.”
  • Hilton said there haven’t been any talks between his camp and the Colts about a new deal beyond this season. (Stephen Holder)
  • Colts LT Anthony Castonzo (knee) returned to practice Thursday. (Keefer)

Jaguars

  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano say the Jaguars fired GM Dave Caldwell midseason and not HC Doug Marrone because they didn’t want to miss out on potential candidates with three other teams already starting their GM search. 
  • The two mention former Lions GM and 49ers VP of player personnel Martin Mayhew as a potential candidate in Jacksonville. Patriots director of pro personnel Dave Ziegler is another name to watch. 
  • The Jaguars are bringing in WR Bug Howard and DE Aaron Patrick for workouts this week. (Aaron Wilson)

Texans

  • In a deeply researched investigative piece by Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas and Greg Bishop about Texans executive Jack Easterby, numerous members of the Texans organization, including players and staff, compared his rise to power to a character from Game of Thrones: “If you combine a faith-healing televangelist with Littlefinger, you’d get Jack Easterby.”
  • While Easterby came to Houston with a reputation for forging relationships from his time with the Patriots, he did not have a relationship with former Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and reportedly was the first and most persistent person to lobby for trading the receiver starting when he arrived the summer of 2019. 
  • Texans owner Cal McNair reiterated in a statement to SI that Easterby will not be the team’s next general manager. 
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano say there’s a fair bit of speculation outside the building that the Texans will hire Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy as their next head coach. 
  • They also point out the presence of Tony Dungy on Houston’s search advisory committee could bode well for Jim Caldwell to land the job. 
  • The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss expects the Texans to cut LB Benardrick McKinney, RB David Johnson and G Zach Fulton this offseason to clear salary cap space. 

Titans

Titans GM Jon Robinson issued a statement that first-round OT Isaiah Wilson was placed on the Non-Football Injury list in order to work through personal issues. 

Today we placed Isaiah Wilson on the Reserve Non-Football Illness list,” Robinson said, via ProFootballTalk. “Currently, he is dealing with some personal issues, which will take some time for him to work through. We will continue to help him and support him, with the hope that he can ultimately re-join the team.”

  • Titans HC Mike Vrabel said the team will continue to work with Wilson while he’s away from the team on the non-football illness list: “Everybody has stuff they have to work through.” (Jim Wyatt)
  • The Titans are bringing in OT Jake Rodgers for a visit this week. (Aaron Wilson)
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