Jaguars HC Urban Meyer said he’d felt a strong connection to Jacksonville long before being hired by the organization and that his reception to the area has been “even better than I thought.”
“I know the 904, and I’ve been here many times [before taking the job],” Meyer said, via USA TODAY. “I love the people here. When I used to recruit here I just loved the high school coaches and enjoyed my time here. [The reception] has been even better than I thought.”
Meyer mentioned that Jacksonville is “ready to explode” with excitement for the organization.
“This city is ready to explode. I don’t want to hear about how great these other stadiums are and ours is bad. That’s why I use the term “own it,” Jacksonville has to own it and so do our players. If we put this thing together the right way, I expect us to have a great home-field advantage, a great environment to play a home game in, and our players to do their part.”
Texans offensive line coach James Campen said C Justin Britt has already shown leadership and toughness since joining the team this offseason.
“He’s got a lot of energy now,” Campen said, via Texans Wire. “He’s excited to get back on the field. The guy was one of the best centers in football until he got hurt. I’m sure that — I know that he’s excited to get back on the field and to get back to how he was playing and exceed how he was playing.”
“He knows what it’s like to run the football. They ran the football a lot up there in Seattle. He’s got leadership traits and things you look for that are very positive for the group and to bring people along with them. But again, there’s guys that were here last year and the new guys that running the ball mentality is very important to.”
Titans WR A.J. Brown said he’s excited to return from a pair of knee injuries he dealt with last season and has been “taking it slow” with his recovery.
“I am not getting impatient, but excited,” Brown said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site. “I am excited to get back on the field, and get back out there with my teammates, just to be out there again. I have been rehabbing, and I have been taking it slow. And I’ll be back out there soon.”
Brown reiterated that it’s been a “slow grind” with his rehab and is trying to make the most of his time away from the game.
“It’s been a real slow grind for me,” Brown said. “I’ve done a lot of lifting weights, cardio, film (work), just watching and trying to learn as much as possible. Not kill time, but make the most of it to be honest with you. I have been studying, watching old games and just trying to find new ways to improve my game.”
Brown added that he’s embracing any opportunity for an increased role going into his third season and mentioned they are going to “put a little more on me this year.”
“Of course I am going to embrace any new opportunity,” Brown said. “They are kind of asking to put a little more on me this year, which is fine. They can’t put more on me than I put on myself already. It is all good, so I’ll be ready. I am excited to get back on the field and do my diligence.”