AFC South: Andre Luck

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Why Andy Benoit prefers to watch football alone. I am not big on DVRing, but can relate to a lot of what he writes here.

Houston Texans

Houston started fast but left issues that need to be addressed in their preseason loss in New Orleans, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans sure seem ready for the season, but are they ready to live up to the big expectations, asks Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle.

Young Texans heard stern words from Gary Kubiak about their fumbles, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.

Andre Johnson checked out OK after a bad landing, say McClain and Ganguli.

Indianapolis Colts

Nevermind the quarterbacks, the Colts want to run and stop the run and they failed at both in their preseason loss to Washington, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

The league was the big winner in the Andre Luck-Robert Griffin III preseason matchup in Washington, says Bob Kravitz of the Star. “Luck and RG3. We'll be comparing these guys for the rest of their NFL lives. Like New England's Tom Brady and (Peyton) Manning. Whether they like it or not.”

As Drew Stanton left the team to be with his wife who was in labor, Chandler Harnish got a lot of action backing up Andrew Luck, says Chappell.

Luck again showed an advanced ability to navigate within the pocket and find receivers under pressure, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars wide receivers beyond Justin Blackmon have to do far better, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. Laurent Robinson, in particular, needs to get going.

Mike Mularkey left the door open that if Maurice Jones-Drew shows up soon, he can still start the regular season, says Stellino.

If Jones-Drew shows up, he’ll play in seven games against backs who make more money, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Tennessee Titans

Taylor Thompson faced the most challenging transition of anyone in Titans training camp and he moved from defensive end back to tight end, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

While starters from across the league sit out preseason game No. 4, quarterback Jake Locker is likely to play a half against the Saints on Thursday night, says Glennon.

Assessing the Titans outside linebackers with Tom Gower of Total Titans.

Predicting the roster with Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles.

Locker is a fantasy sleeper, says Jonathan Bales of the Fifth Down Blog.

RTC: Andre Johnson tops WR list

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Houston Texans

Andre Johnson ranks as the best receiver in the NFL in the eyes of Greg Cosell of NFL Films.

In this Q&A with Barry Byers of Herald Online, Johnathan Joseph spells out some of the differences between Houston and Cincinnati. (Hat tip to Stephanie Stradley through Nate Dunlevy.)

Previewing the Texans' quarterbacks with Nick Scurfield of the team’s website.

Indianapolis Colts

New offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is big on accountability, and meetings will start with a review of busted assignments, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. "It's not my offense, it's theirs," Arians said.

Assessing the Colts' cap situation with Brian McIntyre of NFL.com.

Mark Sessler of NFL.com makes the case for Andrew Luck in a debate about Luck and Robert Griffin III. (Hat tip to Mark Alesia of the Star, who does great roundups.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Deadline day has arrived for the Jaguars and kicker Josh Scobee, says Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

Jeris Pendleton is fighting to show that “too late” and “too old” are labels he can shatter. Ganguli looks at the Jaguars' 28-year old rookie defensive tackle.

Defensive end Odrick Ray was arrested in Tulsa, Okla., on traffic a warrant, says Ganguli.

The Jaguars are thinking they could lift the tarps at EverBank Field for a game or two this season, writes Gene Frenette of the T-U. They will not lower their blackout number, says Ganguli.

Tennessee Titans

The quarterback decision won’t be made quickly, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans aren’t changing their blackout policy, says Wyatt.

The Titans are committing to a passing offense and the new reality of the NFL, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. The personnel says that. I'll need to see the play calling.

RTC: Keep Andre Johnson healthy

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Houston Texans

The most important thing the Texans can accomplish through camp and the season is keeping Andre Johnson healthy, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Athlon’s schedule breakdown of the Texans.

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck (and Michelle Wie) are now Stanford graduates, says Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star.

General manager Ryan Grigson doesn’t know the Jerry Hughes people are down on, he told Phil Richards of the Star.

Jacksonville Jaguars

General manager Gene Smith believes Andre Branch will help turn the Jaguars from rushers to sackers, says Tania Ganguli.

Smith also thinks the Jaguars have one of the better trios of starting linebackers in the NFL, says Ganguli. I agree with him here for sure.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans need a new long-snapper, says Alex Cate of The Tennessean.

What has to happen for the Titans to make it to the Super Bowl, from Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher report.

Athlon’s analysis of the Titans’ schedule.

More on how Andrew Luck looked

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Some thoughts that came out of Andrew Luck's pro day Thursday at Stanford.
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  • He confirmed he’ll have a private session with Colts' officials at Stanford in early April, Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star reported. That explains why GM Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano didn’t feel they had to be there.
  • Colts quarterback coach Clyde Christensen told Chappell the workout looked like Luck’s game film, steady and solid. He also talked about Luck vs., Robert Griffin III: "I don't think you go wrong either way. You go back and forth and keep looking for something that you can put a little red mark, that they can't do this or can't do that, that maybe there's something (wrong) character-wise. And you can't find one on either kid.”
  • ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said the session was “surgical,” and praised Luck’s consistent ball placement that gets receivers right where he wants them.
  • Steve Young praised the athleticism and, especially, his feet. With Luck, the whole playbook will be open, “guard rail to guard rail.”
  • Trent Dilfer said Luck’s ability to make “off-platform throws” is unique.
  • RG3 had a great pro day too. Players are supposed to look great on their pro days. We’re entering the season where we will begin to hear a lot about why the conventional thinking that Luck is a better choice than Griffin is flawed. It makes for compelling TV and reading. But I like what Matt Williamson from Scouts Inc. is saying. He loves Griffin and he loves the Redskins' trade to the second slot in the draft. But he says the Baylor quarterback has reached his ceiling, and that ceiling is No. 2 in the draft.
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Houston Texans

In a rewind of John McClain’s chat, the Houston Chronicle writer says the Texans need to make Mario Williams an offer that knocks his socks off.

Alan Burge of the Houston Examiner considers ways the Texans can save cap money. The Texans desperately need room to be able to have a chance to sign Williams, Arian Foster and Chris Myers, for starters.

Indianapolis Colts

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star has said strongly for a long time that Peyton Manning won’t be back. Here, he considers what happens if Manning does return to the Colts.

Fourteen of 15 scouts told Jason Cole of Yahoo! that they would take Andrew Luck over Robert Griffin III.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Who will the Jaguars compete against for receivers in free agency? Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union examines the question.

Ganguli breaks down the combine class.

Will free-agent receivers be wary of Blaine Gabbert? John Oehser of jaguars.com discusses that concept.

Tennessee Titans

Potential free-agent targets for the Titans include Robert Mathis, Reggie Nelson and Haruki Nakamura, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans should look hard at Terrell Owens, says David Climer of The Tennessean. I respectfully, totally disagree. They’ve worked hard to build a solid locker room and he has a habit of fracturing them.
You should have been there.

At Thursday's chat, we covered a great deal of ground. It included:
  • Marty Mornhinweg.
  • Andrew Luck compared to Aaron Rodgers.
  • Wade Phillips as a defensive coordinator as opposed to a head coach.
  • Judging Mike Mularkey on the Falcons' playoff loss.
  • Kareem Jackson.
  • Peyton Manning's bonus.
  • Mario Williams' future.
  • The potential for a Titans free agency splash.
  • Football venues with roofs versus ones without roofs.

I hope you'll read and reread this chat as I have. Thanks to all the participants.

Manning resets the conversation

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Peyton Manning made an impromptu locker room appearance during the Colts' open locker room period Thursday. The update he provided to the media was not especially encouraging, but wound up in the same place a lot of previous updates did: He’s waiting for positive signs.

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"We're still waiting for the fusion to take place, it's still going slow with that and we still have some issues with the nerve and the regeneration of the nerve. There's really not a schedule, a timeline of where I am…"

"I'd say December is the next checkpoint, and February is another checkpoint. If I'm at a level where I'm cleared to practice, then the greatest venue to see where you are is on the practice field."

December will be the last chance to practice with the team and February is when Manning expects the Colts to decide on his contract option.

"It's a one-year deal with a four-year extension," Manning said of the contract he signed after the lockout. "Part of the reason to practice is so the Colts have a fair chance to evaluate where I am. The team has a right to know where you are physically and where your health is."

I believe Manning makes an appearance like Thursday’s when he feels like he needs to reset the conversation, which has recently centered on whether he will be able to return for practice, his contract, whether the Colts would draft Andrew Luck and whether the Colts will stick with Jim Caldwell.

He expects the Colts will make their decision on that in February, which is surely why he listed the month as a key checkpoint in his recovery.

On questions about Caldwell and Luck, he did well to be direct about steering clear.

"Those are all fair questions,” he said. “But that's not what I'm going to talk about right now.”

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