AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Colts’ second-round RB Jonathan Taylor said he’s not worried about his playing time behind Marlon Mack

“I think it’s another level of focus here,” Taylor said, via Andrew Walker of the team’s official site. “I mean, you think about in college, you’re already focused, especially when you’re in your second, third year of college you’re kind of ready, you know what to expect. I mean, it’s even another level of focus at this level. I can just already tell — you don’t count the reps, you make the reps count. So whenever you’re in, you’re on. Make sure you’re 100 percent.”

Taylor added that he intends on making the most of his playing time “whenever my number is called.” 

“I mean, think about it: you’re a professional now,” Taylor said. “When people are at their jobs — I know my mother is at her job; she likes to do everything correctly to a T, as perfect as possible. And I’m taking the same approach here. I mean, whenever my number is called, I’m making sure that I’m on at all times because it’s my job now.”

Texans

  • Joel Corry of CBS Sports mentions Texans DE J.J. Watt as a player potential at a crossroads entering the 2020 season.
  • Corry mentions that Watt has two years remaining on his contract worth $33 million. Watt is still an impactful player, but has dealt with injuries and 32 of the last 64 regular season games.
  • Dan Graziano of ESPN mentions Texans WR Will Fuller as a potential extension candidate, but says his injury history obviously complicates his future in Houston. Fuller is set to make just over $10 million under his fifth-year option in 2020.

Titans

Titans’ recently retired DC Dean Pees said he has the “utmost confidence” in HC Mike Vrabel as a play-caller and compared him to Vikings HC Mike Zimmer. 

“I think it all depends on the person,” Pees said, via Paul Kuharsky. “Look, Mike [Zimmer] is a very, very smart guy. He’s going to do whatever needs to be done which is the best for the team and the best chance for success. And if he feels he can’t he won’t, if he feels he can, he will. If I were a fan of Tennessee, I would have the utmost confidence that he was going to be able to handle it one way or the other going forward.”

Pees mentioned that Vrabel would occasionally allow his coordinators to call games and act as a game-manager while giving input to the offense, defense, and special teams. 

“I’d say it was just every so often, some games a couple of times, some games maybe never, especially if things were going well then he just kind of let you go,” Pees said. “I think a lot of times, he’s managing the game. I don’t know if a lot of people know, but the head coach has a headset that he can click from the offense to the defense to the special teams. He can click over to everybody.”

As for Titans’ recently promoted OLBs coach Shane Bowen, Pees said the assistant is a “very sharp and upcoming” coach in the league. 

“A very, very sharp and upcoming coach. He is going to have a bright future in this profession. He is a very hard worker who is a very loyal guy, he is very, very football intelligent. He really relates to the players well, they love him. He has a very, very bright future,” Pees said.

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