AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton is feeling more comfortable this season after a heart-to-heart conversation with his grandmother.

“She just always keeps it 100 with me,” Hilton said, via Andrew Walker of Colts.com. “She always shoots it straight with me and lets me know what’s up. She’s my rock, she’s my heart, and she called me and told me that the person that she seen on TV wasn’t her grand baby. She knew that that wasn’t me. So, you know, it hurt me for her to tell me that, but she’s always kept it real. She said, ‘You look frustrated,’ and that’s not the way I play this game,” he added. “I’m always happy, always excited. So I’m back to being me. I’m good.”

  • Starting CB Rock Ya-Sin is also not back to practice after going to the hospital with a stomach illness. LB Matt Adams was also held out of practice while rookie S Julian Blackmon was limited.
  • OUT for Week 3: LB Matthew Adams (ankle), CB Rock Ya-Sin (non-football illness)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 3: TE Jack Doyle (knee)

Texans

  • Texans HC Bill O’Brien was asked Friday about the possibility of signing free agent WR Antonio Brown: “I would never discuss anything in that regard. Right now, we’re very satisfied with what we have. You never say never to anything. I don’t anticipate anything whether that player or any other player.” (Aaron Wilson)
  • However, John McClain reports that the Texans have “no interest” in signing Brown.
  • Aaron Wilson reports that the Texans aren’t signing veteran OT Jordan Mills at this time following his recent workout. 
  • Texan’s OC Tim Kelly on the team’s offense so far in 2020: “We want to put out a unit that can go out there and threaten people in different ways, not be one-dimensional. We want to be able to threaten teams in a variety of ways. We need to do a better job of doing that.” (Aaron Wilson)
  • QUESTIONABLE for Week 3: RB Duke Johnson (ankle), LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring), WR Kenny Stills (illness)

Titans

Titans’ RB Derrick Henry knows that the team will find a balance as they continue to rely on him heavily throughout the 2020 season.

“I think we all just need to focus on improving, and getting better each week,” Henry said, via Jim Wyatt of TennesseeTitans.com. “And that’s what we want to do as a whole, and that’s what we’ll continue to work on. Eventually, things will happen. So we’re just focusing on improving, and getting better as a whole and it will eventually happen for us. I think that is coach challenging is to be better. And that is just us working on improving the run game, and wanting to have better efficiency, and having that want-to to be better. I think that we all have that mindset, that we have to be better. And that is what we are (working) to do. Our mindset is improving on the week before.”

Henry hasn’t made any explosive plays thus far in the year but knows that they will come over time and says he isn’t worried about the difficulties the team has faced in 2020.

“Sometimes things like this happen during the season, where we might have a little adversity, things might not be going the way we want them to or think they should be going,” Henry said. “But fixing things, improving, watching film and seeing things we get better at (are things we’re doing) – it’s not what really what the defense is doing, it’s what we need to do better as a whole, individually, and then collectively as a group. That’s what we are trying to do, improve … and eventually it will all come together, and we’ll get rolling the way we want to. But right now, we just have to improve on things we’re not doing so good right now.”

Regarding the Titans’ offense spreading around the ball to multiple targets, QB Ryan Tannehill praised OC Arthur Smith and his receiving corps. 

“We have guys deep in our roster that have the ability to get open. I have a lot of confidence no matter who’s out there that I’m in a good spot to move the ball,” said Tannehill, via Mike Giardi.

  • Titans OLB Vic Beasley said he’s excited to get out there after missing the first two weeks of the season: “I love the game — I love playing the game,. I know there’s been a lot of question marks about whether or not I love playing. But I wouldn’t waste nobody’s time if I didn’t love playing ball. If I didn’t love playing ball, I would tell the coaches: Go look for somebody else that may be a better fit for the organization. I am not going to give nobody a half-hearted effort. I want to give them the best of what I’ve got, and that is by making sure I am mentally prepared, and physically prepared.
  • Beasley explained that the disagreement that kept him from reporting right away: “What’s understood is understood. We came to our agreement. I don’t want to get into details.” (Turron Davenport)
  • OUT for Week 3: WR A.J. Brown (knee), CB Chris Jackson (hamstring), LB Derick Roberson (illness)
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