AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that the Colts see RB Marlon Mack as a “steady hand” they’ll plan to lean on at times this year, though they’ll continue using a platoon. 
  • According to the Athletic’s Stephen Holder, the competition at cornerback for the Colts is intense, with at least seven players making a strong case for playing time. Indianapolis kept only five at the position in 2018. 
  • Holder notes fifth-round safety convert Marvell Tell might be on the outside looking in, while Nate Hairston, Christopher Milton and Jalen Collins are battling to round out the end of the depth chart. 
  • Colts second-round WR Parris Campbell has been making a strong case for the slot receiver role in camp, with the potential for much more per HC Frank Reich: “You see those? The two plays he made in the end zone today weren’t gadget, hybrid, slot-receiver type plays. They were legit, NFL, I’m-gonna-be-a-stud receiver plays.”
  • Holder added the Colts have worked Campbell at punt returner, where he has not had nearly the same amount of success.  
  • Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal and 2018 fifth-rounder Daurice Fountain will be competing for the final one or two spots at wide receiver, with special teams ability likely to be a key factor. 
  • Another intense battle is safety, as Holder mentions Matthias Farley, George Odum and Derrick Kindred have all started games in the past, but will be competing for one or two roster slots. 
  • Holder says the Colts almost certainly won’t keep three quarterbacks, as Chad Kelly hasn’t looked good during practice. 

Jaguars

  • According to the Athletic’s Phillip Heilman, Jaguars OT Cam Robinson worked off on a side field during practice Sunday. 
  • Robinson is currently on the PUP list as he works his way back from a torn ACL suffered in September, 2018. The Jaguars hope to activate him sometime in August, per Heilman.
  • Jaguars OT Leonard Wester saw time at left tackle in Robinson’s place Sunday and Heilman says Wester has been impressing the team. 

Texans

After signing with the Texans in free agency as a big-ticket addition to the secondary, Texans CB Aaron Colvin struggled in 2018 due in large part to an ankle injury that sapped his explosiveness. Colvin was a healthy scratch for the team’s playoff loss to the Colts. Now, he says he’s in a much better frame of mind. 

“The last time I talked to you, I wasn’t in the right state,” Colvin said via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I think I was really selfish with how I handled that situation. I think my ego took over. There was nobody to blame but myself. So, I’m thankful. I’ve never really been in that situation before. For me not to celebrate or uplift people around me the way I think I could have, it wore on me a few weeks after the season.”

“I think the process for me is just focusing on the main thing,” Colvin added. “Call it whatever you want, you want to put your teammates first and yourself last. I like to call it serving. No matter if I’m riding the bench or getting three picks a day, my main goal is to help everybody around me to elevate, to bring them to a higher level.”

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