AFC South Notes: Colts, Titans, Logan Ryan

     

Colts

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton had a rocky year in 2019 along with the rest of the team. He missed six games and his absence was just one of many things that went wrong for the Colts on that side of the ball. This year, Colts OC Nick Sirianni is expecting a major rebound from Hilton, who he called “one of the best big-play wideouts in the NFL,” and that with good health and the team’s stability at quarterback the “sky’s the limit” for Hilton.

“I expect a great bounce back from a year he had a lot of injuries,” Sirianni said via the team website. “I expect the 2018 version of him. If T.Y. stays healthy, there’s no doubt that’s what we’ll see. . . . He’s still the main piece of this offense. T.Y. Hilton is who this pass offense runs through.”

  • Sirianni says Colts RB Nyheim Hines is set up to play a big role as the passing down back now that QB Philip Rivers is in the fold: “Nyheim is going to benefit big time from playing with Philip. There’s no question about that.” (Kevin Bowen)
  • Between second-round RB Jonathan Taylor and veteran RB Marlon Mack, Sirianni calls the duo a “1-1 punch” at the position. (Bowen)
  • Sirianni reiterated Mack still has a role in the offense: “We have two exceptional backs. We’ve seen it work in the NFL so much where you have different contrasts of guys…. They have different running styles but they’re both complete backs.” (Stephen Holder

Titans

After electing not to re-sign CB Logan Ryan, the Titans turned instead to another veteran to boost the secondary by adding CB Johnathan Joseph. While Joseph is aware of the shoes he’s filling from Ryan, who was a team leader, played multiple positions and filled up the stat sheet, he said he’s not feeling any pressure to be anything he’s not at this point in his career. 

“(My role) is to kind of fit in where need be,” Joseph said via Jim Wyatt of the official team website. “But at the same time, just be myself. I’m not coming in here to look to replace anybody, or do anything, or be the savior, or none of that. I’m just coming in here to do whatever my job is, whatever my role is, do that to the utmost. I think, obviously, Logan was a great player for those guys. I don’t want to get into comparisons. When I see somewhere that I need to speak up, or give some input, or help guys here or there, that will always be me at any point of my life. So, I think that’s just natural for me. Any time I’m there to give information back and be helpful it’s only right.”

Logan Ryan

Last week, former Titans CB Logan Ryan officially closed the door on any potential return to Tennessee with a goodbye message on social media. However, the team had made it pretty clear to Ryan before his announcement that the veteran corner was no longer in their plans for the future. 

“It’s just a business,” Ryan said on the “Double Coverage” podcast with fellow Rutgers alums and Patriots DBs Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty. “Tennessee really never offered me a contract. They never really talked extension or free agency. They never really tried to bring me back.”

Ryan tested free agency this offseason, but he has yet to find what he’s looking for when it comes to team fit, length of contract or salary. At one point, he told the Titans he would be willing to re-sign on a one-year deal for the same amount he made in 2019 — $10 million — despite a career year. Tennessee didn’t bite. 

“So I said ‘Look, I’ll come back for the same rate, I want to keep this thing going,’ and they weren’t really interested in that,” Ryan said. “And that’s when I kind of knew that this is a business and they’re going to do what the marketplace says, they’re going to do what’s best, in their opinion, for the team. So that was kind of a little different, but I had to take it and do what’s best for my family as well, and that’s where we’re at.”

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