AFC Notes: Jaguars, Texans, Titans, Julio Jones

Jaguars

Jaguars DE Roy Robertson-Harris said he is excited to play with DE Josh Allen, and they have already started to develop chemistry.

“That’s my guy. Josh is my guy,” Robertson-Harris said, via Jaguars Wire. “We have great chemistry. We’re always going at it at practice, competing against each other on get-offs. I beat him every time, but that’s my guy though.”

Robertson-Harris is also impressed with OLB K’Lavon Chaisson so far in OTAs.

“K[‘Lavon] loves to work. K’s going to continue to grow as a player,” Robertson-Harris said. “He’s really fast off the edge. He can work a lot of different moves. I think he’s going to continue to grow as a player and play a long time in this league.”

Texans

Texans QB Tyrod Taylor said he’s using his recent time with the Chargers as “motivation” after ending 2020 as the team’s backup after suffering a punctured lung due to a pre-game injection in Week 2.  

“I definitely use it as a motivation,” Taylor said. “There’s no bad feeling towards like whatever happened in the past. You learn from it, you move forward. I don’t believe in holding on to things. I just, like I said, I’m more so thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be able to lace the cleats up, put the helmet on and go out and make plays. It starts of course this time of year and then will carry on into the season. But yes, definitely more motivated than I’ve ever been.”

Taylor mentioned that he has a “wonderful opportunity” as a leader with the Texans given the uncertainty surrounding Deshaun Watson. 

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to go out and lead,” Taylor said.

Titans

  • Titans’ GM Jon Robinson met with the media following the trade for WR Julio Jones: “I’m excited to add Julio Jones to the football team. He’s excited to be here.” Jones will now receive a physical and the Titans must fit him under the salary cap to finalize the deal. (Terry McCormick)
  • Robinson mentioned that the Titans had been talking with the Falcons about a potential trade for around two or three weeks. (McCormick)
  • Robinson would not comment on if the team will extend Jones’ contract or restructure existing contracts to fit him under the cap. (McCormick)
  • He would go on to say what type of player the Titans were receiving in Jones: “He’s big, he’s tough, he’s a physical blocker. We ask the wide receivers to get open, catch and block. Julio checks all of those boxes for quite some time in this league.” (Turron Davenport)
  • Robinson also revealed some of the discussion that he had with Jones upon his acquisition, which shows that Jones was concerned about winning games: “My discussion with Julio [Jones] was that targets weren’t his number one goal. His top goal is to win whether that means 9 targets or 2 targets. He just wants to win.” (Davenport)
  • The trade value seemed good to Robinson, who said the Falcons felt the same: “We felt like the trade was good value for us, and the Falcons felt it was good value for them or they wouldn’t have done the trade.” (Jim Wyatt)
  • The Titans seem to have a hole at tight end and Robinson gave insight about what may come next in that regard: “We are monitoring some out there and some on our team are growing. Excited about who we have currently. Pretty good group for us. Always monitoring what’s available or what may come available.” (Paul Kuharsky)
  • Robinson continued to speak about the potential of adding a new tight end: “Yes, now would be hard to deal pick(s) or take on a contract. Probably pick flop or low cost and salary tough pill to swallow. Not saying can’t happen. But both probably tougher hurdle to clear for us.” (Kuharsky)
  • Ben Volin theorizes that the trade of Jones and a sixth-round pick for a second- and fourth-round pick means that not many teams were interested in taking on his contract.

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