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The guy coaching up rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a close friend of Gary Kubiak’s -- former Texans assistant Mike Sherman. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle looks at the friendship, which dates back to 1992.
How did we get to a place where everyone is questioning Andre Johnson, asks Jerome Solomon of the Chron. “Johnson, 31, might not be an NFL youngster, and he admits the championship 'window is not as big as it used to be,' but he is hardly on his last legs.”
Arian Foster and Brooks Reed ended practice early, says Dale Robertson of the Chron.
Key matchups for the Texans against the Dolphins, from Houston Diehards.
Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star profiles Chuck Pagano, who is “…an emotional guy with an indefatigable work ethic, a man who balances football with family while not losing sight of the importance to respect and connect with people,”
These Colts should remind us of the 1998 team with Peyton Manning as a rookie, says Bob Kravitz of the Star.
Guard Mike McGlynn adds some nastiness to the Colts’ offensive line, says Wilson.
Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, who square off this weekend, struck up a friendship at the draft and get together to fish and golf, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.
The Jaguars need Andre Branch to be a difference-maker in the mold of Tony Brackens, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.
“Often during staff meetings, [Bob] Bratkowski and the offensive staff would discuss ways to utilize (Maurice) Jones-Drew … once he showed up,” writes Ryan O’Halloran.
Bill Belichick’s plan will seek to make Jake Locker uncomfortable and confused, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The Patriots coach is 4-2 against quarterbacks making their first start.
Tennessee center Fernando Velasco will be challenged by two big interior defenders in Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Defensive end Pannel Egboh almost gave up, but now he’ll play in his first NFL game, says Glennon.
How should New England attack Tennessee? Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report asks and answers.
How much respect will the Patriots show Jared Cook in the way they cover the tight end, asks David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.