Monday, July 29, 2013
RTC: What's next is the question for Luck
By Paul Kuharsky
Reading the coverage ...
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J.J. Watt says he is more explosive and more agile than he was last year, when he won defensive player of the year, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.
Linebacker Joe Mays, who leveled Matt Schaub and earned a fine for a hit on his last season, got a look from the Texans now that he is a free agent, says John McClain of the Chronicle.
Watt doesn’t buy into talk of likely regression, says Stephanie Stradley of the Chronicle blog.
To which I say: You don’t want a guy saying he can’t match or surpass his last season. But even defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is among the people who think Watt could have a hard time duplicating his 2012.
Rookie Sam Montgomery was in a walking boot on Sunday, says Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston.
The prevailing question for Andrew Luck is, what’s next? The second-year quarterback wants to be better at getting the ball in the hands of his weapons, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
To which I say: Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton says he wants Luck to manage bad plays better. There is nothing wrong with an occasional check down. I just hope there are not too many.
Year Two of this team with this leadership is going to be better, says Andy Benoit of MMQB.
Rookie guard Hugh Thornton is in a walking boot, says the Star as part of its camp observations.
A lot of video showing stuff unfolding on the first day of camp Sunday, from the Star.
Pagano and Luck have a higher comfort level at their second camp with the Colts, but no one will be complacent, says the AP.
Said Hamilton, via Marcus Dugan at Colts Authority: "We’re going to pride ourselves on not wasting plays and capitalizing on all opportunities, not just big-play opportunities.”
A practice report from Andrew Mishler of Stampede Blue.
Roy Miller anchored a good run defending line in Tampa last season and the Jaguars are looking for more of the same, says Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.
To which I say: I think he may be the best free-agent addition they made in their limited shopping.
Twenty-three guys who were on the Jaguars last year are currently on other teams after corner Will Middleton landed in San Diego and center Steve Vallos signed in Denver, says Ryan O’Halloran.
A super-detailed practice report from O’Halloran, who says Blaine Gabbert wasn’t great but bounced back from a terrible Saturday.
Receiver Mike Brown has been shining, and taking snaps away from Jordan Shipley, says Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.
Cecil Shorts has been the best player on the Jaguars so far, says Cole Pepper.
The Titans' identity will be rooted in their offensive line, guys who are largely accustomed to being anonymous, says David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.
Marc Mariani is still feeling his way back from the horrific leg injury that may mean he’s never the same, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Chris Johnson is fueled by a desire to get to the playoffs, says David Climer of The Tennessean.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean compares the Titans to the 1999 team that went to the Super Bowl. Advantage, 1999.
To which I say: Steve McNair vs. Jake Locker is a significant gap right now. But the biggest difference between that team and this one is Jevon Kearse. This team doesn't have a pass rusher who demands game-planning attention.
“In their own, different ways, Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene are backs whose production will be as much a product of the offensive line as their own skills,” writes Tom Gower of Total Titans.