AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Colts’ fourth-round QB Jacob Eason said he’s been soaking up knowledge as a backup behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett, learning as “an observant” from HC Frank Reich, OC Nick Sirianni, and QBs coach Marcus Brady.

“I feel very confident in the game plan each week, but by Saturday, Sunday I get to see what Philip is thinking, what Jacoby is thinking,” Eason said. “The conversations back and forth between Frank, Nick (Sirianni), Philip, Jacoby and Marcus really everyday have – and having me as an observant, just kind of watching and analyzing what’s going on — has been huge.”

Eason added that he is sitting back and “taking notes” during practice and their quarterbacks’ meetings.

Just being in a room with Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett, two guys who played a lot of football in the league – hearing how they break down a third-and-two to three call or hearing what their opinions are on a first and second-down play call … I don’t say a whole ton,” Eason said. “A lot of times I’m sitting back there taking notes, observing and taking it all in. I feel like that’s where I’m at in my first year. But I understand where they are going with things. I like to figure out why they like this versus that or those kind of things. They do a great job of really communicating and breaking down, ‘Hey this is why we like this and this is why we don’t like that.’ A lot of that stuff is really cool for me to experience and see, and I think the way they approach those meetings is very professional and diligent. A lot of those things I’ve taken away and grown from.

Eason said he is comfortable with his development as a rookie and feels that he’s growing as a player. 

“I’m happy where my development is at,” Eason said. “We have a long season ahead and I’m going to continue to grow there. At this stage, I’m happy with where I’m at going into the bye week.”

Texans

  • Texans RB David Johnson said of his lack of involvement in the team’s offense: “Different coaches, really trying to figure out what’s working and trying to get the running game established.” (Aaron Wilson)
  • Johnson said of his performance: “Mine isn’t where I want it to be. I need to do better. I need to run the ball better, catch the ball, protect better. I’ve had some flashes of good plays, but overall I think I’ve missed a couple of opportunities. Our line does a great job. For me, it’s just been tough. I had high expectations. First game went well. I’m supposed to be one of the playmakers. I just got to be able to when my opportunity comes make the most of it.” (Aaron Wilson)
  • Charles Casserly of NFL.com theorizes that Texans’ WR Kenny Stills, who Casserly believes could be acquired for a sixth-round pick.
  • When examining the NFL’s trade market, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe expects the Texans to make “everyone available” including DE Whitney Mercilus, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Will Fuller, WR Keke Coutee, and CB Bradley Roby.
  • Volin could also see Texans DE J.J. Watt being a “final puzzle piece” for a contending team. 
  • Texans have listed DT P.J. Hall as questionable for Week 7 due to an illness that is not COVID-19 related.

Titans

  • The Titans are bringing in three offensive linemen for tryouts this week, according to Albert Breer. Those trying out include T Paul Adams, T Wyatt Miller, and G Bryan Witzmann.
  • Titans activated DB Dane Cruikshank from injured reserve. (NFLTR)
  • Titans promoted OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates to their active roster.
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