Links: Saunders latest Colt to be suspended

July, 19, 2013
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Who is the most important player for each team in the AFC South? It’s Houston’s Andre Johnson, Indianapolis' Antoine Bethea, Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and Tennessee's Andy Levitre, writes NFL.com’s Adam Schein.

Houston Texans

When June minicamp was over, outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus took three days to rest. Then he went to Phoenix, Ariz., to begin training again, writes Drew Dougherty for the team's official website. "I trained out there for about three weeks, and I definitely improved in a lot of areas,” Mercilus said. “Body-wise, I feel great. I feel faster. I feel like I’m fluid. I can’t wait to start training camp and just show what I can prove.”

For J.J. Watt's next amazing feat, he'll leap almost 60 inches without a running start.

Indianapolis Colts

Tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended eight games without pay after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, AP reports. Saunders is the third Colts player to be suspended this offseason, and you can expect the NFL to fine the Colts over the multiple suspensions, says ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Andrew Luck's father, Oliver, talks about his son's progression in Year 2 of the Colts offense.

Conrad Brunner of the team's official website recaps the 2009 season, which saw the Colts reach the Super Bowl.

Jacksonville Jaguars

ESPN.com's Matt Williamson likes wide receiver Justin Blackmon's breakout potential Insider in 2013. "Blackmon will miss the first four games of the season and might have the worst quarterback situation in the league. But we saw enough of him, especially later in the season, to suggest that he is on the verge of a breakout," Williamson writes.

Owner Shad Khan's purchase of Premier League team Fulham F.C. can only help Jaguars (subscription required), writes Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.

After agreeing to terms with safety Josh Evans on a four-year deal Thursday, the Jaguars have signed their entire 2013 draft class, reports the Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

Tennessee Titans

ESPN.com's Matt Williamson put Kendall Wright at No. 6 on his list of breakout candidates Insider at wide receiver. Wright "led the Titans in targets last year and showed some chemistry with [Jake] Locker, which is very promising, but Tennessee needs to unleash his big-play abilities more," Williamson writes.

There's an emphasis on youth and speed over experience at linebacker for the Titans, writes The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt in a look at the position ahead of training camp.

Jake Locker is one of Clark Judge's five guys with something to prove during training camp. Judge: "The Titans made a commitment to him when they made him the eighth pick of the 2011 draft, but they just hedged their bets by adding Ryan Fitzpatrick as his backup. Yeah, I know, the job belongs to Locker, but I know several quarterback coaches in this league who think Fitzpatrick presses him."

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