RTC: Jaguars need production from Babin

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Houston Texans

Four running backs are vying for the No. 3 job with the Texans. Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle looks at Deji Karim, Dennis Johnson, Cierre Wood and Ray Graham.

To which I say: Experience won’t be the deciding factor here, but Karim has a big edge there as he’s played for the Jaguars and Colts.

Duane Brown means a great deal to the Texans as the anchor of the offensive line, writes Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press.

The plan for quarterback play Friday night at Minnesota, per John McClain of the Chronicle.

“I believe in Matt Schaub. And I think this is the season in which he eliminates doubt,” writes Adam Schein of NFL.com.

Indianapolis Colts

At Tuesday's practice, Andrew Luck completed 26-of-35 passes with three touchdowns each to receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

There were few surprises on the Colts' initial, unofficial, depth chart, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.

Nose tackle Josh Chapman and receiver Griff Whalen are having breakout camps, says Michael Marot of the Associated Press.

To which I say: Aubrayo Franklin was still the starting nose tackle on the team’s first, unofficial depth chart. Part of that is seniority. Part of that is Franklin is a run-stopper, and first-and-10 is still regarded as a run down, so if they are dividing up the work, he could be on the field first, but not necessarily most.

The Manning brothers made an epic rap video for DirecTV.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jason Babin hopes to show skeptics he can still be a top pass-rusher at 33 coming off groin surgery, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

To which I say: If Babin can't be an effective rusher, the Jaguars are in trouble, because they don't have many other guys who have proven they can find the quarterback.

Cecil Shorts might miss the preseason opener with a left calf strain, says Hay Carlyon of the Times-Union.

Dwayne Gratz pulled in an interception even though he had fallen to the ground, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union in his practice report.

"Offensive weapon" Denard Robinson shifted from uniform No. 29 to his college No. 16, says the AP.

Tennessee Titans

Five things the Titans are hoping to accomplish in their four preseason games, from Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: Staying healthy is No. 1, which tells you a lot about the preseason.

It was bad haircut day for the Titans' rookie offensive linemen, including Chance Warmack, says Wyatt.

Wyatt’s video practice report.

Alterraun Verner versus Tommie Campbell for right cornerback is a competition that will get hotter with preseason games starting, writes Teresa Walker of the Associated Press.

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