AFC South Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

  • The Athletic’s Stephen Holder believes DE Justin Houston will be more than a pass rush specialist for the Colts and more like a full-time starting defensive end. 
  • Colts HC Frank Reich says they brought WR Devin Funchess in to be more than just a jump-ball threat: “Andrew (Luck) loves throwing in-cuts, and we really think Devin is a good in-cut (route) runner. So, we’ll just develop his whole tree so that everything compliments each other.”
  • The Colts have also been impressed with how quickly second-round WR Parris Campbell has shown aptitude as a receiver, per Reich: “You just see how easy he adapts on the field to little coaching points. He can run all the routes. To me – he has got to develop. He has got a way to go, but I just think he can play every position on the field and make big plays from all over the field. But that is going to be a process.”
  • Holder says DT Gerald McCoy would be a perfect fit for the Colts, both on and off the field, based on his time covering McCoy in Tampa Bay, though he isn’t sure if the Colts will make the move. 

Texans

Texans’ second-year S Justin Reid said he is not fully recovered from wrist surgery but expects to be ready by the start of the regular season. 

I’m not 100 percent yet, but feeling really, really good about it,” Reid said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve been making great progress. Our training staff here and being in Houston with the Medical Center and all the help we have here with it. It’s been making a lot of progress. I’m excited about where it will be by the time the season comes around.”

Titans

Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he no plans to change his approach heading into the 2019 season.

I really don’t [change his approach],” Mariota said, via Teresa Walker of the Associated Press. “I just try to be again the best that I can be. Let it ride. No matter what, I get to come out here and I get to play a game that I love, and I’m just going to make the most of it.

Titans TE Delanie Walker said he’s happy with his recovery from an ankle injury that ended his 2018 season. 

“I feel like I’m in the 85 percent range,” Walker said via Erik Bacharach of the Nashville Tennessean. “Today I felt fast getting out of my breaks, and I was catching the ball well. Always a good sign.” 

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