AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

Colts second-round WR Parris Campbell jumped off the tape because of his speed during the pre-draft process for Indianapolis. 

“With apologies to my mother, kids and pastor, basically, it was this guy was really ‘bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep, bleep fast,’” Colts area scout Chad Henry said via 1070TheFan’s Kevin Bowen. “The very end of my e-mail was, ‘We have to get this guy on our team.’”

The Colts were able to land Campbell with the 59th pick in the second round, and already have plans to get the ball in his hands as much as possible and let him run. 

“His run after catch is exceptional,” Henry said. “He’s a high school running back and you see that. He’s really natural with the ball in his hands. There’s some plays that you turn on over the last two years and it’s like, ‘Holy cow.’ The key thing for us was his speed and you can really feel it.”

However, the Colts believe Campbell can be more than an underneath weapon. Colts HC Frank Reich sees the potential for Campbell to be a complete receiver. 

“(Campbell) has got this football aptitude,” Reich said. “He understands it. Sometimes you explain something to somebody and you know how when you explain it, they just get it and you can tell that they get it? He is that guy. You just see how easy he adapts on the field to little coaching points. He can run all the routes. He has got to develop. He has got a ways to go but I just think he can play every (wide receiver) position on the field and make big plays from all over the field, but that is going to be a process. That is going to be a process. It is going to take time. I am sure with his athleticism and how smart he is, he is going to show flashes. But we just have to – Nick (Sirianni) and I and everybody else – make sure that we just bring him along at the right pace, let him shine, let him learn and grow and then just gradually work him in.”

Jaguars

Jaguars LB Myles Jack is setting some lofty goals for 2019 with Telvin Smith expected to sit out this year. 

“Obviously in my position, Telvin (Smith) is gone, so that’s 120 tackles unaccounted for, and I want at least 50 of those so I can get 150 tackles to create some leverage for myself,” Jack said, via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. “My job is to play Mike (linebacker). … I’ve got to run the defense.”

As for his contract extensions, Jack says he isn’t worried about it and expects things to work themselves out in time. 

“When my time comes up, that’s when it’s going to come up,” Jack said. “But right now, I’m just focused on going out there winning games, getting numbers and then by the end of the season that all will take care of itself.

Texans

  • Ben Volin of the Boston Globe writes that the end game for the Patriots and executive Nick Caserio is that he’ll finish out the 2020 season in New England with the Patriots later trading him to the Texans next February. 
  • Volin mentions that the Texans would obviously like to have him run their free agency and draft next offseason, but his contract won’t be up until after the 2020 draft. 
  • The Texans’ surprising decision to fire Brian Gaine leaves them paying two GMs (Gaine and Rick Smith) without anyone currently in the position. A source close to the situation tells Volin that McNair must have been convinced by Bill O’Brien and Jack Easterby that Caserio was ready to come on board.

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