AFC South Notes: Colts, Texans, Titans



  • Kevin Bowen notes that the Colts actually kept four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster to open the 2017 season because they needed insurance for Andrew Luck.
  • Assuming Luck is healthy to open the season, Bowen says the Colts will only need one backup with Jacoby Brissett being the obvious No. 2 option.
  • In the event the Colts do keep three quarterbacks on their active roster, Bowen says this likely would not be a good sign when it comes to Luck’s health.
  • As of now, the Colts also have Brad Kaaya and Phillip Walker on their 90-man roster, so it’s possible one of them will end up on the practice squad come September.


Texans TEs coach Tim Kelly said they plan to replace C.J. Fiedorowicz with a “collective effort” from their tight end group.

I think they all have different strengths and weaknesses that they have to work on,” Kelly said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “As far as replacing anybody, I don’t know if one person is going to do it. I think it will be more of a collective effort. But again, if you look at the tight ends and how they played last year, it’s more of a collective group, even when C.J. was in the room.”


The Titans moved on from Matt Cassel as their backup quarterback this offseason and brought in Blaine Gabbert to be Marcus Mariota‘s backup this year.

Gabbert says that he’s enjoyed being in Tennessee and working with the new coaching staff.

It’s been great,” Gabbert said, via “And it’s been a fun process being able to work with all the new faces, me being new to the team.

“Coming on the visit (in March), having a chance to sit down with (GM) Jon Robinson and coach (Mike) Vrabel, and talking with (offensive coordinator) Matt (LaFleur) and (quarterbacks coach) Pat (O’Hara), and knowing the type of team that is here. … This team is super close to making a deep run and it has been a lot of fun.

“It’s a great locker room, great guys, and they’ve really built this team the right way from the top down.”

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