AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans

     

Colts

The Colts have an interesting situation at quarterback, considering the amount of money they’ve committed to Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett on top of using a fourth-round pick on Jacob Eason and having Chad Kelly still on their roster.

An AFC executive tells Jeremy Fowler that there should be trade interest in Brissett if the Colts make him available.

“Not sure about his trade market after his struggles last season, but I believe there would be interest,” the AFC exec said.

Jaguars

Part of the pros for the Jaguars in signing RB Chris Thompson was his extensive experience in the same system new OC Jay Gruden is installing in Jacksonville. Thompson can use his time with Gruden with the Redskins to help other players adjust, including QB Gardner Minshew. However, apart from “a couple of questions here and there,” Thompson says Minshew already has a good grasp of the new system. 
 
“I think Gardner from what I’ve seen, just being in the meetings with him, he’s been on top of it pretty well already given that it’s been a little over or under a month that he’s had the playbook and learning it and everything,” Thompson said via NFL Media’s Michael Giardi.

Texans

There’s no denying the Texans traded away one of the NFL’s best receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, and that type of move likely will have some ramifications. But one of the players who will be tasked with replacing Hopkins, new Texans WR Brandin Cooks, thinks Houston might actually not skip that much of a beat. While there’s not a receiver at Hopkins’ level among the group of Cooks, Will Fuller, Randall Cobb, Kenny Stills or Keke Coutee, the veteran receiver the Texans acquired from the Rams says that they collectively could fill the void Hopkins left. 

“You know I look at it from the standpoint of first and foremost you talk about a guy in Hopkins who is just a special player,” Cooks said via NFL Media’s James Palmer. “So you look at it and there’s no question on why you want to continue to get the ball to him because he makes things happen. But now I think what we have is we have so many special guys in this room who can do it all. One of the biggest things I’ve always thought as a receiver is when you’re stacked on a team with multiple receivers, you have a better chance of winning consistently and going far, because you can never just key on one guy. I think that unselfishness in the room I feel for the guys already is going to do us justice in the long run for sure.”

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