AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

Jaguars

The Jaguars are going back to sixth-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew ahead of QB Nick Foles after the latter struggled upon his return to the lineup. If Minshew plays well again, it makes it more likely that he goes into 2020 and even beyond as Jacksonville’s starting quarterback. 

“Hopefully he’ll come in and give us a little boost and provide for us the energy that we need as a team, pull us together, and allow us to finish strong,” Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin said via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. “There’s four games to go and let’s see what happens.”

Texans

Perhaps the signature moment of the Texans’ 28-22 win against the Patriots that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated was a trick play they ran in the fourth quarter. Texans QB Deshaun Watson handed the ball off to the running back who pitched it to WR DeAndre Hopkins who pitched it again to Watson for the touchdown to give Houston a 28-9 lead. 

“I think they drew it up in the dirt over the bye week,” Texans HC Bill O’Brien said via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “They brought it in, had it on a piece of notebook paper, handed it to me. We’ve been working on that for a while. The timing was right. Wasn’t the exact look we thought we were going to get and they made it work.”

Titans

The Titans placed TE Delanie Walker on injured reserve a couple of weeks ago, leading to speculation that the 35-year-old tight end might call it a career. However, Walker said he’s planning to play at least one more season as long as the Titans keep him around. 

“This is not the end for me,” Walker said via Jim Wyatt of the official team website. “This is a setback. And if anyone knows the type of injury I had, it ain’t easy to come back and play at a high level like I do. I just want to get it fixed and be ready for next year. I still have a year on my contract, and I am a Titan. So as long as the team, the organization wants me here and believes in me, I am always going to be a Titan.”

Walker dislocated his ankle in the season opener in 2018 and spent the entire season on injured reserve. While he was able to return and play in seven games this season, the ankle acted up again and eventually caused him to go on IR for the second straight year after he tried to push through it and rehab. 

“Pretty much I practiced, and I felt good, but as the week progressed I felt like it wasn’t getting better the way I thought it was,” Walker said. “I just felt like I wasn’t going to be myself, and I didn’t think I was 100 percent to protect myself on the field. We had a conversation, the team and I, and we felt it was best that I try and get it fixed and get ready for the future.”

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