Monday, March 25, 2013
AFC South links: MJD returns to college
By ESPN.com staff
Some critics say safety Ed Reed should have retired instead of joining the Texans, including San Antonio Express-News columnist Buck Harvey, who writes: "Make no mistake. One of the game's best has dropped off. Reed has nerve impingement in his neck, a chronic injury that has diminished his tackling. He also has only nine interceptions in his last 40 games, playoffs included."
While Reed may have his critics, his new Texans teammates share their excitement with HoustonTexans.com's Nick Scurfield. Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing doesn't hold back, "(Ed Reed)’s probably the best safety that’s ever played the game. Anytime you get an opportunity to play with a guy like that, it’s gonna be awesome.”
Coach Gary Kubiak tells the Houston Chronicle that the Texans have signed "one of, if not the, greatest punters in this league’s history" in Shane Lechler.
Texans general manager Rick Smith, who is a member of the NFL's Competition Committee, says his son suffered a concussion when an opposing player used the crown of his helmet on the hit. “What we do and the rule changes and the things we are focused on are not only important for our league, they’re important for the game of football,” Smith said in a roundtable conversation that will air during a "Health of the Game special" at 8 p.m. ET Monday on NFL Network.
Craig Kelley of Colts.com moves on to this week's positional series on tight ends. Wes Saunders, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen must adapt to new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's version of the West Coast offense.
Former Colts are visiting and signing with new teams. The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Tom Zbikowski. And the Broncos are in pursuit of defensive end Dwight Freeney.
The Colts signed nose tackle Martin Tevaseu, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew has returned to college in pursuit of a history degree, and Florida Times-Union Ryan O'Halloran profiles the running back's rocky holdout with Jaguars management, his season-ending injury and his time at UCLA. "It’s funny talking to kids 18 and 20 years old and they don’t know too much about the real world... Enjoy college because there is nothing like taxes and kids and dealing with things," says MJD.
For six years, Paul Posluszny has been part of losing teams going through all sorts of transition, and now the middle linebacker tells Gene Frenette that, "as players, it's time for us to buy in because if we don't, they're very willing to get someone else who will."
Should the Jaguars draft a quarterback with the second overall pick in April's draft? Is coach Gus Bradley anything like former Jags coach Tom Coughlin? Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser answers these questions and more in his reader mailbag.
Is there room in the Titans' backfield for both Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene? The Tennessean's John Glennon outlines pros and cons for this partnership made on paper, but not yet on the field.
Former Titan Javon Ringer is surprised the team didn't give more chances to current running backs before signing Greene to a three-year deal.
The Titans are suddenly acknowledging that what they were doing wasn’t working, and they're becoming bigger players on the free-agency market this offseason, writes David Climer of The Tennessean.
Coach Mike Munchak suggests running could become a bigger part of quarterback Jake Locker's arsenal.