AFC South Notes: Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Jaguars

Jaguars LB Myles Jack says DE Yannick Ngakoue is more than deserving of a new contract after producing 29.5 sacks in his first three seasons. Ngakoue is holding out of training camp as he enter the final year of his rookie deal and reportedly turned down a deal that would have made him the fourth-highest paid defensive end in the NFL. 

“You would love to come into a team where everybody is paid, everybody is happy and everything is good, but we’re kind [of] at that time where it’s up for Yannick,″ Jack said, via Jacksonville.com. “His situation is dire. He’s a pass rusher, and he’s produced. He’s rightfully deserving, but I feel like the Jaguars will get it right. But I feel like once that ball gets snapped, everyone is going to be thinking football.”

  • NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports Ngakoue could play out the rest of the season on his rookie deal. 
  • The $19 million per season would have put the 24-year-old Ngakoue fourth behind Bears DE Khalil Mack, Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence and Chiefs DE Frank Clark.
  • Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey reported to training camp in an armored Brinks truck, with the driver announcing the star defensive back’s arrival: “You all know what time it is. Time to get that money.” (Pro Football Talk)

Texans

  • According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Texans don’t expect LB Jadeveon Clowney to report for the start of training camp as he has yet to sign his franchise tag. 
  • Pelissero adds Clowney has been training and been in regular contact with teammates and coaches. He doesn’t have to report until Week 1 when he would start losing game checks. 
  • Pelissero says a source close to Clowney told him he would be “shocked” if Clowney misses any regular-season games. 
  • Aaron Wilson reports that the Texans worked out RB Johnny Thomas on Tuesday. 

Titans

  • According to Paul Kuharsky, Titans K Ryan Succop is still recovering from an offseason cleanup procedure on his knee, which is why he’s started camp on the PUP list.
  • Kuharsky says Succop’s knee began to swell after the procedure and did not respond the way it was expected to. 
  • Kuharsky adds the issue did not affect Succop’s performance last year and the team expects him to be ready for the start of the season.  
  • Instead of competing at right tackle, Titans OT Dennis Kelly will slide over to start at left tackle for the first four games of the season if OT Taylor Lewan is suspended. (Kuharsky)
  • The move should ensure Jack Conklin starts at right tackle as he enters a pivotal contract year. 
  • Lewan plans to appeal his suspension. (Kuharsky)

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