AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Colts’ veteran QB Philip Rivers called playing in masks “a little bit of a challenge” and admitted that he’s still working toward getting acquainted with teammates. 

“I’m telling you it’s a little bit of a challenge in these masks and things that we’re wearing,” Rivers said, via George Bremer of The Herald Bulletin. “I feel like I have a better feel offensively, but (I’m) still trying to get the defensive guys down. I’m kind of waiting to catch a glimpse of them with their mask down in front of their locker so I can see their name plate. That helps.”

Colts HC Frank Reich said he already has a great relationship with Rivers after working with him for three years in San Diego from 2013-2015. 

“Obviously, we’ve got a great relationship,” Reich said. “When you work with a guy for three years in this business, that’s a long time, and you get close. You grind it out. You go through some big-time highs and lows together.”

Colts LT Anthony Castonzo said he’s gad “very minimal interaction” with Rivers so far, but has already witnessed the quarterback’s energy. 

“I’ve had very minimal interactions with him so far, but I feel like every time I talked to him, he is like a sixth-grade kid ready to play his first day of football,” Castonzo said. “That guy loves football more than I think anybody I’ve ever been around. I think it is going to be a fun season playing with him.”

Texans

When the Cardinals traded with the Texans for WR DeAndre Hopkins, many saw it as a coup that in addition only paying a second-round pick for one of the NFL’s best receivers, Arizona also got Houston to take RB David Johnson. The veteran had fallen down the depth chart due to injuries and not meshing with the new staff but the Cardinals couldn’t do much with him because of the money still guaranteed on his contract from his extension back in 2017. However, Texans HC Bill O’Brien saw Johnson not as dead weight but as a valuable piece of the deal. 

“We studied David when he was coming out of college and during his career in Arizona,” O’Brien said via NFL Media’s Jeffri Chadiha. “Everybody has to go through their injuries and coaching changes. But you’re also talking about a guy who was Arizona’s Walter Payton Man of the Year. He’s tough and smart and a three-down back who can be used with Duke Johnson.”

“The contract is what it is. There is definitely money that he’ll be paid, but when we look at what David adds, he’s worth it,” O’Brien added. 

Titans

  • Paul Kuharsky reports that Titans WR Corey Davis underwent surgery on his toe earlier this offseason. 
  • The Titans placed Davis on the active/PUP list to open training camp, but he can be activated at any time. 
  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Titans have fined DE Vic Beasley, who showed up on Friday for COVID-19 testing, $500,000 for this unexcused absence. 
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