AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

Colts HC Frank Reich says he has been impressed with former second-round pick DL Tyquan Lewis so far this offseason.

“He is showing up every day, very often,” Reich said of Lewis, via Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan. “Tyquan’s on the right track and that is good for him and good for all of us, really good for the defensive line. Tyquan being relatively quiet the last two years – just the way he’s looked if he keeps up at this pace that is going to be a big-time plus for us.”

Lewis himself says that after dealing with injuries during his first two years in the league, he is physically in the best shape of his career heading into his third NFL season.

“I’d say this is the best I’ve felt physically,” said Lewis. “This offseason gave me a lot of time to reflect on my body and just doing the right things, eating right, coming out here – just changing the way I think and everything. The last two years dealing with injuries and a lot of things mentally, it has a huge impact on your thought process and the way you think and just your interactions with a lot of things. Like I said, this offseason I didn’t just work on my body. I worked on a lot of things – mentally as well. I would write quotes down for myself. I would write down my thoughts – just thinking of the ways I could improve myself as a person as well as a football player. That was the biggest thing – working on myself as a human, becoming better as a human player.”

  • Colts HC Frank Reich said rookie S Julian Blackmon is “getting closer” and “getting anxious to get back out there.” However, they still plan “to be smart” and make sure they don’t push him too soon. (George Bremer)
  • Reich mentioned that WR Parris Campbell “is going to be fine” after being placed in the concussion protocol following a minor car accident on Tuesday. (Andrew Walker)

Jaguars

Jaguars OC Jay Gruden says rookie QB Jake Luton has been “very impressive” since joining the team. 

“Jake has been very impressive since the minute he walked into the building,” Gruden said Friday, via Jaguars.com.

Gruden also praised Luton’s “knowledge of the offense, his ability to learn, his ability to throw the ball down the field, short passes with touch…”

“That’s been the biggest pleasant surprise, I would say – is his ability to come in here and learn,” Gruden said. “He plays with great poise and confidence for a young player. We’ve put him in the No. 1 huddle a couple of times, and he has shown no signs of being intimidated. He fits right in there. …

“He has great accuracy. He has great arm strength. We’ve been very impressed with him.”

Titans

  • Titans HC Mike Vrabel said of OLB Vic Beasley: “He’s doing everything we ask him to do. We don’t put timetables on return to play. Expect him to stay engaged and be ready when he’s able.” (Jim Wyatt)
  • An NFL executive tells ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Titans TE Jonnu Smith is among the most underrated players in the league: “So well-rounded. He’s top five for me. He’s an every-down player. He can play you 1,000 snaps at about six different positions. Has some work to do as a route runner, but he’ll get there.
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