The Colts had huge expectations for DE Kemoko Turay in his second season last year, and he was off to a good start. After recording four sacks as a rookie, he had 1.5 sacks in four games before a broken ankle ended his 2019 season. He should be ready for 2020, however, and Colts HC Frank Reich still expects him to take the leap to becoming an elite pass rusher.
“All these pass rushers at this level can bend, but there’s that extra 10 percent of bend and Kemoko has that,” Reich said via 1075TheFan.com. “And it’s just a God-given ability that you can go fast, and bend, and not lose speed. Then, on top of that, the other thing that he has is length. Some of the good edge rushers we’ve seen in recent years have gotten smaller and faster. Well, Kemoko is still big and long. So he has that length, with get off, with bend. That’s a dangerous combination.”
- Colts 2019 second-round WR Parris Campbell missed most of his rookie year with four separate injuries, so he’s looking forward to showing what he can do in his second season: “It’s a new year. I’ve transformed myself into a pro. Getting the experience of being an NFL player has helped me a lot. It was a good foundation for me even though it didn’t go the way I wanted it to.” (Stephen Holder)
- Campbell says he’s been cleared 100 percent and has been running routes for two months. (Holder)
Jaguars second-year QB Gardner Minshew has already beaten out a number of higher-profile options for the starting quarterback job. Minshew outplayed QB Nick Foles last year to the tune of 3,271 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 12 starts, then outlasted Foles when Jacksonville traded the veteran to the Bears. The Jaguars didn’t draft another quarterback or sign any of the numerous high profile veteran quarterbacks available, including QB Andy Dalton who has a long history with new Jaguars OC Jay Gruden.
And while many prognosticators have the Jaguars as the early favorite to win the sweepstakes for Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence in 2021, Gruden thinks Minshew could have something to say about that, too.
“Gardner’s competitive spirit, you can see it shine through on tape – when he was in college and obviously last year when he got to play the games he got to play,” Gruden said via John Oehser of the team website. “Now, it’s just a matter of him getting some general knowledge of our offense and me figuring out what he likes, what he doesn’t like – what makes him tick – and go from there.
“He’s shown a skillset where he can sit in the pocket and step up and make things happen outside the pocket,” Gruden continued. “He’s accurate. He’s tough. He’s a great leader. He has the intangibles you want as a quarterback. Now, it’s just getting to know the scheme and the offense a little bit and we all have to gel together.”
- Joel Corry of CBS Sports does not think Titans RB Derrick Henry “fits the profile” of a highest-paid back given he is a traditional ballcarrier and doesn’t typically catch passes.