Reading the coverage…
The gap between the Texans and Titans last year was bigger than the standings suggested, says Tom Gower of Total Titans. (Late on this and hat tip to Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher report.)
The contract extensions for Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith give the franchise stability, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans signed fullback Moran Norris and outside linebacker/defensive end Keith Browner Jr., says McClain.
Dwight Freeney is a hybrid in a hybrid defense, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. Freeney’s embraced the move to 3-4 linebacker and that’s a giant piece to the transformation.
Chuck Pagano implored his team to make good choices in time away as the team’s minicamp concluded, says Phil Richards of the Star.
The Colts appeared unified and enthusiastic through minicamp, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.
Bruce Arians is bringing back a two tight-end set, much to the delight of Dunlevy.
Tania Ganguli provides a great illustration of Mike Mularkey’s attention to detail in the Florida Times-Union. The coach also talked to his team about good choices as he officially saw veterans for the final time until camp.
There is no villain -- at least not yet -- in the stalemate between the Jaguars and Maurice Jones-Drew, says Gene Frenette of the T-U. I agree with Frenette that “anyone depicting this public standoff as Jones-Drew's greed vs. Jaguars' frugality misses the point.”
Kendall Wright will miss next week’s minicamp with a shoulder strain, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Also in this notebook: The Titans are talking about an extension with Jason McCourty, and Kenny Britt did some cutting.
Seventh-round pick Scott Solomon knows that if he’s going to stick around as a defensive end, he’s got to improve a lot with his technique, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
The Titans have the division’s most level-headed fans right now, says Dunlevy.