AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

Last year Colts QB Jacoby Brissett had a huge opportunity to assert himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL. And while he and the Colts began the season strong, both sputtered toward the end. Even if a knee injury played a role in Brissett’s struggles, the Colts still felt they needed enough of an upgrade at the position that they targeted QB Philip Rivers in free agency, sending Brissett back to a backup role. However, Colts HC Frank Reich said Brissett is handling the demotion well. 

“Just like you guys know he would,” Reich said via NFL Media’s Kevin Patra. “I mean, he’s a pro. He wants to do what’s right for the team. And he knows. He and I have had multiple conversations about that. Jacoby doesn’t need me to tell him what to do. He knows what to do. I’m his friend and I’m his coach, and I’ve been in his position to some degree. 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

Jaguars TE Josh Oliver is healthy and ready to go next season and mentioned that he made an improvement as a rookie despite missing all but four games due to an injury.

“Definitely,” Oliver told Jaguars.com. “Just those four games, I feel like I improved – getting used to the speed of the game. I think those games were crucial for me just to get out on the field. I never got to go through the preseason. I never got to go through any of the games, so actually having NFL reps under my belt – I think that’s a huge thing going forward into Year Two. I know what to expect in a game. I know what to expect when we’re traveling. I have a good feel for what’s going on. The next step is just going out there and playing.”

Titans

Titans GM Jon Robinson mentioned that despite not having any recent conversations, the team still has an interest in signing free agent DE Jadeveon Clowney and believes that the Titans would be a good fit.

“No conversations of recent,” Robinson said on Thursday, via Jim Wyatt of TenneseeTitans.com. “I think we’re going to continue to monitor it and see. I know he wants to play. I think we would be a pretty good fit for him. There was some mutual interest there when we started the discussions, but I would say that really hasn’t grown legs since we spoke last.”

“I know he wants to play,” Robinson said. “I think we would be a pretty good fit for him. There was some mutual interest there when we started the discussions, but I would say that really hasn’t grown legs since we spoke last.”

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