AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

Colts OC Nick Sirianni spoke about the team’s plans to move forward with QB Jacoby Brissett as their backup, despite drafting QB Jacob Eason. The team does not plan to use Eason as a backup right away.

“Where Jacoby is really going to benefit from this in my mind is, if you look at Jacoby, look at who he’s been around,” Sirianni said, via George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin. “He’s been around Tom Brady. He started his career with Tom Brady, then went to Andrew Luck, and now he’s with Philip Rivers. I mean, goodness gracious, that is some good company to have and guys he can learn from.”

Jaguars

  • Field Yates of ESPN proposes the Jaguars trade DE Yannick Ngakoue to the Browns for TE David Njoku and a 2021 second-round pick.
  • Yates explains while many Jaguars’ fans would likely want a better return for Ngakoue, they would be getting an “athletic middle-of-the-field target” who could serve as a similar tight end to Jordan Reed, who previously played for OC Jay Gruden in Washington, to go along with a solid mid-round pick.
  • Yates adds the Browns would upgrade at defensive end and lock in a quality tandem of Ngakoue and Myles Garrett.
  • Parting with Njoku isn’t a big deal for the Browns, considering they just made Austin Hooper the highest-paid tight end this offseason and later drafted Harrison Bryant in the fourth round.

Titans

Titans DL Isaiah Mack said he had a good learning experience during his rookie season, being around defensive linemen Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, and Jeffery Simmons.

“I learned a lot of things,” Mack said, via Jim Wyatt of TennesseeTitans.com. “I learned from Jurrell about pass rush and learned from DaQuan and Jeffery about the run. I got put with a bunch of good guys I could learn from. I am glad I was put in a spot to learn from some good guys.”

Mack said he has been working on his strength and his technique during the offseason and understands that the NFL is an elite level of competition.

The NFL, it’s a different level, and it’s important to win your one on ones when you have a chance,” Mack said. “They don’t come along that often, so you have to be able to win your one on ones and understand the playbook in-depth to give yourself a chance. And Coach (Mike) Vrabel and (defensive line) coach T (Terrell Williams), they talk all the time about hustle, effort and finish. Nothing is more scary for an offense than 11 guys around the ball…I just want to keep getting better, keep improving. I feel like for everybody, no one is guaranteed anything. I know that’s the way I look at things. It is all about improving and trying to be the best player you can be. I know I’m going to work, and I’m going to do everything I can to get better so I can help the team.”

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