AFC South Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

  • 1070 The Fan’s Kevin Bowen writes that if Colts WR Devin Funchess can cut down on the drops and mental miscues that plagued him with the Panthers, he could stay in Indianapolis longer than his one-year deal. 
  • Because the Colts value special teams ability for their No. 5 wide receiver, Bowen writes that Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal have the edge for the final roster spot. 

Texans

Fritz Pollard Alliance executive director Rod Graves says they have been monitoring the Texans’ general manager search.

Houston interviewed former Browns GM Ray Farmer and former Lions GM Martin Mayhew, both minorities, but will reportedly proceed without hiring a general manager for 2019 after striking out on their reported top candidate, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

“We are monitoring the situation in Houston” Graves said via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.. “They started out fast and now they’ve slowed their process. We are continuing to watch it and have dialogue with them. Again, we just want to make sure that the processes are legitimate and their intentions are legitimate. If they aren’t then it flies in the face of the Rooney Rule and it flies in the face of commitment to diversity.”

The Rooney Rule requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head coach or general manager vacancy. Teams can be fined for violating it, the Lions were fined $200,000 for violating the Rooney Rule in 2003 when they hired Steve Mariucci without interviewing any minority candidates.

“Houston brought in two excellent candidates,” Graves said. “After that, the process has slowed tremendously. So, our concern is whether or not there was a true intent when they brought those candidates in. Those are the type of things we are looking at and will continue to talk about and monitor.” 

Titans

Titans DE Kamalei Correa was traded from the Ravens to the Titans at the end of last year’s preseason and spent most of the year adjusting to the change. Now entering his first full offseason in Tennessee and the final year of his rookie contract, Correa is focused on staying with the Titans.

“I love it here,” Correa said via Jim Wyatt of the team website. “There’s great people, and it’s a great place, with great coaches. I have great teammates. I love my teammates. Man, I love it here. There’s no other way to put it. … So I want to go out there and help my team by being the best I can be.”

  • ESPN’s Dan Graziano says it’s a make-or-break year for Titans QB Marcus Mariota, as he’s entering a contract year having never played a full 16-game season or thrown for more than 3,500 yards. 

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