AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

  • Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald has the Colts ranked in the first tier in his cap health index for 2021, which measures a team’s estimated cap space, cap flexibility and pending free agents. 
  • Colts HC Frank Reich expanded on why he foresees more of a limited impact for second-round WR Michael Pittman as a rookie: “I would just say the quality of press coverage at this level is so much better than the quality of press coverage at the previous level.” (Andrew Walker)
  • Reich and the rest of the Colts coaching staff are thrilled to have DE Kemoko Turay back and healthy, saying he has the “extra 10 percent of bend” that makes for an elite pass rusher. (Walker)
  • Indianapolis also hopes to get 2019 second-round WR Parris Campbell back healthy, with Reich saying he’s been keeping close tabs on Campbell’s rehab to see how their hopeful slot receiver is progressing: “I’m super pumped about Parris and his upside.” (Kevin Bowen)
  • Reich continued to gush about the trade for DT DeForest Buckner, calling the move “the opposite of a perfect storm in a good way” for what it adds to the defense: “It was the key need for our defense, it’s the pivotal position for that defense. … I think Colts Nation should be excited.” (Walker)

Jaguars

New Jaguars LB Cassius Marsh becomes the first-ever second-generation player in franchise history. His father Curtis Marsh was a receiver taken in Jacksonville’s fist draft in 1995. But the younger Marsh is hoping to contribute as more than a trivia question during his time in Jacksonville, projecting as both a strongside linebacker and pass rusher. 

“I think it is a great opportunity and it is a great defense,” Marsh said via John Oehser of the team website. “Whatever knowledge that I have that I feel like can help guys, I am always open to sharing it and helping whoever needs help. I am looking forward to getting out there and getting to know my teammates better. There’s a lot that I feel like I can bring to the team. I look forward to showcasing that to the guys on the team first and foremost, my teammates and my coaches and then the fans when I get a chance.”

  • Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald has the Jaguars ranked in the first tier in his cap health index for 2021, which measures a team’s estimated cap space, cap flexibility and pending free agents. 

Titans

  • While the Titans used a first-round pick on OT Isaiah Wilson, Jim Wyatt of the official team website writes OT Dennis Kelly is likely to begin the year as the team’s starting right tackle. Tennessee re-signed Kelly to a three-year deal with $8.75 million guaranteed. 
  • Wyatt lists the running game spearheaded by RB Derrick Henry as the Titan’s biggest strength, with cornerback potentially their biggest weakness after losing Logan Ryan.
  • Even if Tennessee can’t extend Henry this year, Wyatt expects the Titans to have him for at least two more years given they can use the franchise tag on him again in 2021. 
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