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Saturday, July 27, 2013
RTC: Brian Cushing primed for big return

By Paul Kuharsky

Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

After nine months of difficult rehabilitation on a torn up knee, linebacker Brian Cushing is ready to re-emerge, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.

To which I say: It’s hard not to pause and wonder how things might have been different if he was on the field for the Texans for all of the 2012 season.

Three significant players -- running back Arian Foster, linebacker Daryl Sharpton and tight end Garrett Graham -- didn’t practice on opening day of camp, says John McClain.

DeAndre Hopkins could hardly sleep the night before the Texans got on the field for training camp, says Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston.

How will the Texans' defense the read option when they see it a couple times this year? Stephanie Stradley of the Chronicle blog examines.

Indianapolis Colts

Their free-agent spending frenzy was a different tact for the Colts, who know there is some risk to stocking up a roster by spending big, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

Tidbits about training camp from Chappell, including this: Veterans are paid $1,700 and rookies $925 per week during the preseason.

The five biggest things to look for as practices start Sunday, from Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew carried eight times and caught a pass while working a limited number of snaps as the Jaguars opened camp, says Jays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.

Receiver Cecil Shorts got a lot of action as the Jaguars got started, reports Vito Stellino of the Times-Union.

Roy Miller and Sen’Derrick Marks were the starting defensive tackles and Geno Hayes was with the starters as an outside linebacker, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.

J.P. Shadrick and John Oehser of the team’s website reviews the first day of practice. (Video, including a nice play-of-the-day pick by Josh Evans.)

Tennessee Titans

What does chemistry actually mean when considering the offensive line? John Glennon of The Tennessean considers the question as the Titans start to work a revamped group into action.

To which I say: Michael Roos provided a great detail of the complications of footwork. He found himself stepping on Steve Hutchinson’s feet a lot when they first started playing together.

“Believe me, we will not disappoint you this year,” Mike Munchak told the training camp crowd Friday night before practice kicked off. (Video from Wyatt.)

Before Chris Johnson’s race against a cheetah for a November TV special, the barrier between man and cheetah has to be raised, says Wyatt.

Looking in on the first open practice of camp with Amie Wells of the team’s website. (Video.)