AFC Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans


  •’s Kevin Bowen writes the biggest question with the Colts running back position is how much the team will lean on Jonathan Taylor as a bell cow and how much work they’ll give Marlon Mack coming off an Achilles injury. 
  • Bowen adds Colts RB Nyheim Hines would also certainly love to continue having a consistent workload as he enters a contract year. 
  • Colts GM Chris Ballard said they are working on deals for their long list of contract players like Hines, LB Darius Leonard, RT Braden Smith and LG Quenton Nelson after his fifth-year option: “We hope so. We’re working on them and we hope we can come to some agreements here.” (The Pat McAfee Show)


There’s been a lot of change in Houston, but Texans LB Zach Cunningham remains one of the foundational players of the defense under new DC Lovie Smith. Cunningham does a lot well, which is why Houston gave him a lucrative new deal last August, but he has just one interception in four seasons, which is something Smith would like to see him do even better in. 

“The other part of his game that I’m anxious to see him take another step in is the pass part of it,” Smith said via the Athletic’s Aaron Reiss. “We’re always talking about taking the ball away as an interceptor, zone coverage. He’s still a young football player and I know he’s a football guy, so we’re just anxious to get it here and be able to really work with him full-time.”


Titans QB DeShone Kizer says he loves being in Tennessee and is looking forward to competing with Logan Woodside for the backup job to Ryan Tannehill

“It’s been great being here,” Kizer said, via “Really, I’ve just been trying to get better every day. Ryan and Logan, they’ve been great. … For me, it’s just about making sure when it’s time for training camp you want to make sure you are prepared enough to go out and truly compete for a chance to be this team’s back-up quarterback behind Ryan.”

Kizer says he considers himself to be a veteran after playing for a few teams since entering the NFL. 

“Obviously I’ve been a bit of a journeyman in the first four years of my career, so I’ve been able to hop on a few new teams in OTAs and gotten to know the guys,” Kizer said. “I kind of consider myself a vet going into the season here. So it’s been awesome, to start to build that camaraderie with my other teammates in the locker room and spending time with the guys and trying to improve on the field so I can put myself in a position to compete in the preseason and training camp.”

Titans QBs coach Pat O’Hara said he expects there to be a good competition this summer between Kizer and Woodside.

“But he handled that really well, and he had been eager to get back on the field, and it shows,” O’Hara said. “I think the transition has been good for him. It is a healthy competition right now (between Logan and DeShone). Those guys are both working hard, have both been prepared and they’re showing leadership.”

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