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Monday, June 10, 2013
RTC: Sharpton trying to fine-tune

By Paul Kuharsky

Reading the coverage:

Houston Texans

Linebacker Daryl Sharpton is treating his body like a Ferrari and making sure he doesn’t fuel if with 87 octane, he told Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.

Brennan Williams and Sam Montgomery are third-round risks in the eyes of the National Football Post’s Dan Pompeii, who thinks it’s the right round to start taking chances. There is also a mention of Tennessee’s Zaviar Gooden.

A close look at the play of cornerback Johnathan Joseph in 2012 from Cian Fahey of Pre Snap Reads.

To which I say: That he had sport hernias repaired after the season told us he was more injured than we knew last season. If he’s healthy in 2013, I’d expect him to be closer to 2011 form, which was excellent.

Indianapolis Colts

Five things to watch for in Colts minicamp this week, from Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. His list includes Pep Hamilton’s No Coast offense and how the team uses Erik Walden and Bjoern Werner at outside linebacker.

If the Colts reach a deal with running back Ahmad Bradshaw, training camp will mark the end for either Donald Brown or Delone Carter, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star. (Also of note: Wilson thinks Kelvin Sheppard is the second starter at inside linebacker if Pat Angerer is not healthy, making no mention of Kavell Connor.)

To which I say: Given the way I’ve heard Chuck Pagano talk of Brown, I think he’s got a significant edge over Carter if they are both healthy.

Thoughts on how Bradshaw would alter the Colts from Brad Wells of Stampede Blue.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Run defense issues helped put the Jaguars’ D in unfavorable third downs, which contributed to a horrible pass rush season in 2012, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

To which I say: As O’Halloran points out, every fault with the defense helped magnify problems in other areas. Moving forward, a quality pass rush can do a lot to help hide deficiencies.

Maurice Jones-Drew is scheduled to talk to the media today. He's among key storylines for he Jaguars as they head into their final offseason time together with minicamp this week, says O'Halloran.

Receiver Cecil Shorts is the headliner in the list of 2013 breakout players from Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.

Gene Frenette of the Times-Union hates the idea of a permanent team in London.

The great plays in franchise history don’t include many pass plays, says Big Cat Country.

Tennessee Titans

New receivers coach Shawn Jefferson has been outspoken and even insulting, but is unapologetic about his style, writes Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: New receiver coaches have been attention-grabbing at Titans OTAs in the past, but even with that context Jefferson is noteworthy for observers.

Tight end Delanie Walker hasn’t liked sitting out a lot of recent action because of a knee issue, writes Wyatt.

The Titans hope they’ve found a run-stopping defensive end in Ropati Pitoitua, says Marc Torrence of The Tennessean.