AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

While the Colts are frequently connected to a number of the free agent or draftable quarterbacks available this year, Indianapolis will still have 2019 starter, Jacoby Brissett, on the roster in 2020. And for what it’s worth, Brissett is still highly thought of by the other players in the locker room, who point to his success before Brissett and other key offensive players succumbed to injuries. 

“I believe in Jacoby. And Jacoby is a pretty good quarterback and showed that early in the season when he had everyone healthy,” Colts LB Darius Leonard said in an interview with NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “You can look at any quarterback, and if your receivers go down, of course, your numbers are going to go down. . . . a lot of people don’t give [Brissett] enough credit to what type of quarterback he really is, they just see the numbers he put up at the end of the season, but they don’t see the numbers he did with the receivers he did. I don’t feel like the NFL, and people outside the NFL, give him enough respect.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer writes that Brissett likely doesn’t have much trade value, while the Colts likely don’t have much incentive to want to try and trade him. 

Jaguars

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell isn’t ruling out the possibility of trading back to acquire more draft picks to work with. 

“You know you have the one at 20 sitting there,″ Caldwell said, via the Florida Times-Union, “if you want to move back from nine and pick up some picks later. . . . We’ll see what we have come draft day.

Titans

The Titans got a big leap from their first-round pick in 2018, LB Rashaan Evans, in his second season in the league. Evans was Tennessee’s second-leading tackler with 111 total tackles and became more of a playmaker with 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown. Heading into his third season, Evans is looking to keep up the growth. 

“I feel like from my first to second year I took my biggest strides in my career,” Evans said via Jim Wyatt of the official team website. “Having fun, and learning from guys around me, I feel like I have become more of a complete player a better player. Moving forward I feel like me maintaining and being consistent in the things that I did last year, I know I am going to do it again next year and leave everything out there on the field. I feel like I learned so much and grew so much as a player. I feel like the sky is the limit, and now I just have to get there. I just want to keep playing great football.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer lists Titans OC Arthur Smith as one of the top head-coaching candidates for next year’s cycle. 
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