AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

Colts OC Nick Sirianni believes QB Jacoby Brissett will ultimately benefit from veteran Philip Rivers.

“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,” said Sirianni, via George Bremer of the Kokomo Tribune. “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.”

Colts QBs coach Marcus Brady said Brissett has adjusted to his backup role with Rivers and is “developing a good relationship” with the veteran. 

Over time, as we held virtual meetings, he probably was a little less talkative at first,” Brady said. “But then, as he got going and he began to develop a relationship with Philip and everybody in the room, it’s back to just (the) business of a quarterback room. I know talking to Jacoby (earlier this month), he said him and Philip text all the time. So they’ve already begun developing a good relationship. I would say the quarterback room’s pretty good right now.” 

Colts HC Frank Reich reiterated that Brissett is “doing it the right way” as a backup and is committed to his role. 

“I’ve been in his position to some degree,” Reich said. “So do I try to lend an encouraging voice every now and then? Yeah, but he’s doing it the right way. We need him to be who he is this year for us to get where we want to go. Whether that means he ends up playing some games or playing a number of plays or even if he’s just there to support Philip and this team, Jacoby will be a big part of our success.”

Jaguars

  • ESPN’s Michael DiRocco expects Jaguars RB Chris Thompson to take over as the team’s third-down back. 
  • DiRocco says while the Jaguars have grand plans to use second-round WR Laviska Shenault Jr. as a receiver, runner, Wildcat quarterback and even tight end, it’s probably good to temper expectations for Shenault given the circumstances of this offseason. 
  • DiRocco thinks Jaguars TE Tyler Eifert presents a major upgrade to the position if he can stay healthy. Jacksonville’s depth should also be better with James O’Shaughnessy and 2019 third-round rookie Josh Oliver back healthy. 
  • DiRocco writes the Jaguars believe their offensive line is the strength of the offense but in order to actually reach that level, G Andrew Norwell needs to raise his level of play to match his contract, OT Jawaan Taylor needs to cut down on penalties and either Cam Robinson or Will Richardson need to lock down left tackle. 

Titans

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