Friday, June 14, 2013
Links: DeAndre Hopkins impresses Kubiak
By ESPN.com staff
First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins made an impression on coach Gary Kubiak during minicamp, reports the Houston Chronicle's Chris Shelton and Tania Ganguli. Kubiak: "The last three days he’s impressed me because he hasn’t had Matt [Schaub] and he hasn’t had Andre [Johnson] out here and he’s been on top of what he’s doing. He’s obviously very gifted. We’ve just got to make sure we’ve got him doing what he does best."
The Texans announced Thursday that they will adhere to new NFL security guidelines that limit the size and types of bags that may be brought into the stadium on game days.
A wrap-up of the final practice of minicamp from Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com.
The Colts made protecting quarterback Andrew Luck, who took 41 sacks last season, a priority this offseason, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. "We have to do a premium job of protecting our quarterback," GM Ryan Grigson said. "He’s obviously an outstanding player. We don’t need him running for his life. We need him to feel as comfortable as possible."
As minicamp broke, coach Chuck Pagano's message to his players was to make good choices and not create distractions before training camp, AP reports. "The big thing was, number one, make great choices," Pagano said. "Spend time with family, do what you have to do mentally and physically, but make great choices. Don't put yourself in bad situations. Really, the only thing that would derail us from having a successful training camp and start of a great season is a distraction."
The Colts are coming off a season in which they improved nine wins over the previous one. Although history tells us to expect them to take a step back in 2013, ESPN Insider Chris Sprow writes that a combination of luck and Luck could help them buck the trend .
The Jaguars wrapped up their offseason program on Thursday but their roster is still under construction, writes Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. GM Dave Caldwell: "I expect some more movement. I don’t know where and at what position, but everybody will have ample opportunities to claim one of those positions."
The team waived defensive end Austen Lane before the start of Thursday's final practice, AP reports. Lane, who had been with the Jaguars for three seasons, compiled 103 tackles and three sacks. Th team also signed cornerback Lionel Smith and punter Ken Parrish.
The Jaguars are in no rush to anoint a starting quarterback, AP reports.
Wide receiver Damian Williams said the Titans' new playbook is making him feel more confident in the offense, writes The Tennessean's John Glennon. Williams: "We've been able to show our talent more. We’re allowed to play fast, and we're not out there thinking all the time."
Some observations from Thursday organized team activities (OTAs) from Glennon.
The Titans agreed to terms with their second-round pick, Justin Hunter, AP reports.
Linebacker Colin McCarthy's goal this season: stay healthy, writes Greg Pogue of Fox Sports Tennessee. McCarthy: "It's good to get back out there on the field and get these injuries behind me and just focus on my game, making sure of technique and assignments and be on top of my game."