- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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“[As] the Texans prepare for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium, Matt Schaub is under pressure to make 2012 better than last season when the Texans finished 10-6, won the AFC South for the first time and defeated Cincinnati in the wild-card round before losing at Baltimore,” writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Receiver Austin Collie has been cleared from the concussion he suffered Aug. 19 at Pittsburgh and is expected to play Sunday in Chicago, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
Shaping the roster in a never-ending job for general manager Ryan Grigson, says Chappell.
Mike Mularkey intends to use Maurice Jones-Drew as the third-down back Sunday against Minnesota, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. The feature back takes the bulk of the carries, but there is a role for the second guy who comes in, too.
Four undrafted rookies -- receiver Kevin Elliott, linebacker Julian Stanford, interior offensive lineman Mike Brewster and safety Antwon Blake -- made the Jaguars’ final roster, says Ryan O’Halloran of the T-U.
Cornerback Jason McCourty, whose twin brother plays for the Patriots, jokes about the 2009 59-0 loss at New England: “No memories. We totally erased that from our mind.” Jim Wyatt’s story from The Tennessean.
The Titans are unfazed by the replacement officials, says John Glennon of The Tennessean,
“Regardless of whatever psychic connections do or do not exist between those who shared prenatal proximity, it is certain that Jason and Devin McCourty will experience different emotions Sunday when the Titans host the Patriots in the 2012 opener for both teams,” writes David Boclair of The City Paper.
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