AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Colts QBs coach Marcus Brady said rookie QB Jacob Eason has been doing a “great job” of working to get up to speed in terms of the team’s offensive system. 

Overall he’s been great,” Brady said, via Colts.com. “You know, I’ve been on Zoom with him — a lot of calls spending time with him installing the offense with him — and he’s done a great job. I mean, he’s worked hard, he’s asked a lot of questions and he’s picking up the offense.

“Just getting him, I mean, it was great for us, to be able to get that type of talent that late in the draft,” Brady continued. “Obviously he’s still young, got things to work on; he does have a lot of tools with his size and his arm.

Texans

  • Aaron Wilson mentions that Texans Assistant ST Coach Tracy Smith, who worked with retiring ST coach Brad Seely, could be an interview candidate for Seely’s job. 
  • Under the Rooney Rule, NFL teams are required to interview at least two minority candidates. Wilson says Smith is a “strong” internal candidate for the Texans’ job. 

Titans

Titans OC Arthur Smith held a virtual meeting with the media to discuss his outlook on the upcoming season. Smith was asked about RB Derrick Henry‘s workload, as he amassed 367 carries in 2019.

“We’ll see how the season evolves for him and see what happens with the other running back spot,” said Smith, via Jim Wyatt of TennesseeTitans.com. “But Derrick has done a great job the last couple of years, especially down the stretch. We’ll have to see how it evolves during the season. We feel good about the run game and we’ll continue to build off of that.”

Smith dodged a question about the team potentially adding a veteran QB to compete with Logan Woodside and Cole McDonald, saying he anticipates the competition between the two.

Smith did, however, mention former first-round pick WR Corey Davis, who he says is still a big part of the Titans’ offense going forward.

“We want to be the most explosive unit we can,” said Smith. “Corey is a big part of our offense. And there were some huge explosive plays that Corey was the unsung hero to. He’s a big part of this offense and I think he’ll take another step. I feel very confident in Corey, A.J. Brown, and Adam Humphries and that group.”

Smith added that beyond his top three receivers, he is excited for some competition between Cody Hollister, Cameron Batson, Rashard Davis, and Kalif Raymond for the remaining spots.

Smith also complimented TE Jonnu Smith, who will have large shoes to fill after the departure of longtime TE Delanie Walker.

“He’s come a long way,” Smith said of Jonnu Smith. “That’s a tough position to play and Jonnu does a great job. He does it all and hopefully, he’ll take the next step.”

Smith noted that QB Ryan Tannehill and LT Taylor Lewan are both looking to assume bigger leadership roles on the team next season and he knows exactly what both players can bring to the table.

As for incoming Titans rookie RB Darrynton Evans, Smith is interested to see what the third-round pick can do on the field.

“When we get out there, we have to see what he can do,” Smith said of Evans. “Obviously we are excited about the potential of what Darrynton can bring. He’s a very smart player and had a ton of production at App. We feel like he can (help us). I can give you an answer after we see him practice a few weeks. We’ll see what he can handle and how we bring him along. We hope he gives us another element.”

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