AFC Notes: Colts, Ravens, Texans


  • According to 1070TheFan’s Kevin Bowen, Colts second-round CB Rock Ya-Sin was able to get some first-team reps near the end of OTA’s. 
  • Second-round DE Ben Banogu and WR Parris Campbell and fourth-round S Khari Willis are expected to play big roles this season, but worked primarily with the second-team during the spring. 
  • Third-round LB Bobby Okereke, fifth-round LB E.J. Speed and fifth-round CB Marvell Tell took advantage of injuries to take more reps with the first-team defense during OTA’s. 
  • Colts HC Frank Reich sees RB Marlon Mack as the “main guy” leading the running back committee. (Bowen)
  • Second-year RB Nyheim Hines is the third-down back, per Reich, but could see less time split out wide after the addition of second-round WR Parris Campbell.
  • According to Reich, Jordan Wilkins, Spencer Ware and Jonathan Williams are competing for the third spot to occasionally spell Mack.  


  • The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec writes that Ravens LB Matt Judon wouldn’t say if he and the team had begun extension talks. 
  • Zrebiec writes that if Judon has another strong season, he’ll likely command an offer close to the $16 million per season former teammate Za’Darius Smith signed in free agency, and it’s unclear if Baltimore values him at that level. 
  • According to Zrebiec, the Ravens are happy with Patrick Onwuasor, Kenny Young and Chris Board at inside linebacker, with hybrid LB/S Anthony Levine also providing depth. 
  • Zrebiec mentions that both Onwuasor and DT Michael Pierce have questions to answer before the Ravens seriously approach long-term extensions for either. 
  • Per Zrebiec, Pierce arriving at minicamp majorly out of shape in a contract year, plus the presence of run-stopping DT Brandon Williams, are two major obstacles to the Ravens re-signing Pierce. 


Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has proven over and over he’s as close to uncoverable as any wide receiver in the NFL when he’s on the field. Now the biggest thing for him, per Texans HC Bill O’Brien, is just staying on the field. 

“I think the biggest thing for Hop is health, just continuing to be healthy,” O’Brien said via USA Today’s Mark Lane“He plays the game hard. He plays Sundays very, very hard, and he plays a very physical style. I think the biggest thing for him is, in conjunction with us, taking care of his body and being as healthy as he possibly can.”

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