AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

Colts OC Nick Sirianni mentioned that second-round WR Michael Pittman Jr.’s blocking ability really stood to them when evaluating his film.

We watched everything you could imagine, the blocking tapes, the press tapes, where (the ball) is not always going to him. That’s where we fell in love with this guy. Not only did he impress on his target tape, with 110 catches his senior year, but it’s the other stuff that he does. It’s the Zach Pascal/Jack Doyle stuff that he does, the toughness, the consistency. That was what was exciting. Obviously, he’s a great, phenomenal football player, with the ball in his hands and when the ball is coming to him, but a lot of special qualities that he has that separated him from other wideouts that we evaluated, when the ball wasn’t coming to him.”

Jaguars

The Jaguars have no shortage of options at tight end in 2020 — from free-agent signing Tyler Eifert to former 2019 third-round selection Josh Oliver and veteran James O’Shaughnessy — but they also have no shortage of questions as all three face questions about their health. Eifert’s issues staying healthy are well-documented, while O’Shaughnessy was on pace for a career year before tearing his ACL in Week 5. Oliver, meanwhile, barely got on the field due to injury as a rookie, so much that Jaguars TE coach Ron Middleton doesn’t even consider it a redshirt year for Oliver because he barely practiced. Still, Middleton believes the group has potential.

“They’ve got a lot to prove — from the oldest to the youngest,” Middleton said via John Oehser of the team’s website. “If we can stay healthy, I think we’re going to be productive.”

  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler mentions the Jaguars as a potential landing spot for free-agent DT Damon Harrison given the exodus they’ve seen from their defensive line this offseason. 
  • Eifert says his familiarity with Jaguars OC Jay Gruden, who held the same position when he coached Eifert with the Bengals, played a big role in him signing with Jacksonville. (Michael Giardi)
  • Eifert added he’s looking to be a mentor to the Jaguars’ other younger tight ends with whatever they need: “I’ve never claimed to be a great blocker but I’ve learned a lot over the seven years that I’ve played on how to use different techniques, leverage. I’m willing to do whatever and I’m excited about the opportunity to help the team.” (John Reid)

Texans

Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texans LT Laremy Tunsil‘s deal is worth a total of $76.35 million and includes a $13 million signing bonus along with an annual de-escalator clause. Tunsil’s base salaries are:

  • 2020: $10.85 million, $10.35 million guaranteed.
  • 2021: $16.15 million, guaranteed.
  • 2022: $17.85 million, $10 million guaranteed.
  • 2023: $18.5 million. 
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