RTC: Colts' Toudouze stayed near phone

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Houston Texans

The Texans are confident they can forge ahead without Andre Johnson for a while. Kevin Walter says the rest of the receiving crew isn’t a bunch of “slappies,” writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

My take: We’ve heard all about how they’re equipped to survive without Johnson. I’m buying it, but I’m ready to see whether or not it’s true.

Indianapolis Colts

Michael Toudouze had a feeling the Colts would be calling. On a day of roster shuffling, he’s back on the team, says Mike Chappell.

My take: The line is a mess, with Ben Ijalana gone for the year, Anthony Castonzo expected to miss some time and Ryan Diem still hurting.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are still high on receiver Cecil Shorts but he’s got a long way to go to become a steady contributor, says Tania Ganguli of the Times-Union.

My take: It’s hard to expect a lot from a guy like Shorts at such an early stage. But the Jaguars sure could use a growth spurt based on how little they have beyond Mike Thomas.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans have been great in short-yardage defense, and that serves as a major confidence booster, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.

My take: It’s a major attitude/confidence booster and it absolutely deflates an offense to get stuffed on a third-and-1.