AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans


  • ESPN’s Mike Wells notes the Colts need to replace 15.5 sacks from the departures of DE Justin Houston and DL Denico Autry, which will fall on first-round DE Kwity Paye and second-round DL Dayo Odeyingbo to replace, although Odeyingbo might not play as he recovers from his Achilles injury. 
  • Wells writes it doesn’t appear Colts LT Eric Fisher will be recovered from his Achilles in time to start Week 1, which will press Sam Tevi into duty on the blindside.  
  • If the Colts slot fourth-round TE Kylen Granson into the No. 3 tight end role filled by Trey Burton last season as expected, that means he’s slated for about 30-35 percent of the snaps on offense. (Kevin Hickey)


Texans GM Nick Caserio told Sports Radio 610’s “Payne & Pendergast” that he’s “excited” S Justin Reid is on the roster and talked of the offseason he’s had to this point.

We’re excited about having Justin on the roster, and the offseason he’s had to this point,” Caserio said, via TexansWire. “I’m hopeful he’s excited about the opportunity that’s in front of him.”  

Caserio was also non-committal when asked if Reid, whose contract will expire after this season, will be back on a deal with the team.

Like everything, we’ll try to do what we feel is best, both short and long-term, in the best interest of our team. So, that’s what I would say about that situation.”


Titans TE Anthony Firkser said 49ers TE George Kittle reached out to him this offseason with an invite to train at his Tight End University, which is a three-day camp in Nashville. 

“When George Kittle reached out to me on social media and invited me to the camp, I was super excited,” Firkser said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site. “Just to be a part of something like that, to be around some of the top tight ends in the league right now, it is going to be an awesome opportunity and experience to learn from them. It’s just a great opportunity to help myself reach my full potential.”

Firkser feels fortunate to have previously studied TEs Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith and thinks Kittle’s camp is another prime opportunity to enhance his game. 

“You can learn a lot from watching other guys, and how they do things,” Firkser said. “I’ve been fortunate because I’ve had the opportunity to watch and learn from guys like Delanie (Walker) and Jonnu (Smith) during my time here. Having a chance to be around some of the top tight ends in the league right now (at Tight End University), it is going to great.”

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