AFC Notes: Colts, Raiders, Ravens



Colts WR T.Y Hilton mentioned that he can’t wait for QB Andrew Luck to return from the offseason shoulder surgery that has prevented him from throwing.

“I just told him to get healthy. That’s the main thing,’’ Hilton said, via Mike Chappell of Indianapolis’ WTTV. “If you’re not healthy, then don’t throw. For him, the main thing is to just get healthy and we’ll pick up where we left off.

“Two days back-to-back is all we need. At the end of the day, once camp starts we should be fine.’’


According to Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice, G Gabe Jackson began playing with “more tenacity and aggression” last year after he figured out that he’s a really powerful player.

“He started to play with more tenacity and aggression last season, and you can see him becoming an a-hole at the end of plays,” Tice said, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s realized he’s one of the most powerful guys on the field, and exploiting that.

Tice added that Jackson and fellow G Kelechi Osemele really fit the mold of the kind of interior linemen he wants up front.

“You’ve gotta protect the quarterback, and we want to open up holes for the running back to get to the second level,” Tice said. “I want guys who are smart, big, can move laterally and have tenacity, and Gabe and Kelechi fit that mold.”


Ravens senior offensive assistant Greg Roman explained that he wanted to start from ground zero in terms of the team’s offense and work on retooling it to fit their vision for what it will be moving forward.

“I think we wanted to just really refocus, retool and come up with a plan that we felt suited us best moving forward for the organization, and I think a lot of staffs do it every year,” Roman said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “But this kind of gave us an opportunity to really start at ground zero and see what we wanted to do.”

Roman added that wants their offense to be multiple in order to prevent opposing defenses from knowing what to expect from them.

“I think we want to make a defense that won’t just screw their cleats in the ground on us,” Roman said. “At times, they’re going to have to hopefully say, ‘Man, where’s this coming from? Over here? Over there?’ We will describe that in very colorful ways to our players that I can’t talk about right now. But we’re definitely going to push the envelope and try to be multidimensional with how we attack the defense.

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