AFC South: Brannon Condren
Cornerback Dante Hughes and offensive lineman Steve Justice are among the first three cuts for the Colts, according to Mike Chappell.
Hughes was a third-rounder in 2007, a class of nine that has not proven to be Bill Poilian’s best.
- First-rounder Anthony Gonzalez is in line as the second wide receiver and has been very good in his first two years.
- Second-round left tackle Tony Ugoh has been demoted to backup status though it wouldn’t be a surprise if he gets the starting left tackle job back.
- Hughes played in 24 games in two seasons.
- The other third-rounder, defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock, retired before training camp of his second season.
- Fourth-round defensive Brannon Condren played in eight games as a rookie, was elsewhere in 2008, re-signed in 2009 but was cut in late July.
- Fourth-round linebacker Clint Session is in line to start and looks like he will be a good player.
- Fifth-round receiver Roy Hall played in seven games in two seasons and was waived injured on Aug. 13. He is now on IR.
- Fifth-round defensive back Michael Coe played in six games and was recently cut.
- Seventh-round defensive end Keyunta Dawson was eventually moved to tackle, where he started 14 games last year. He now ranks as a backup end. I think they like him, but don't know if he's a lock for the final 53.
A draft class of nine players produced a crop that now includes two starters and two backups. Granted, Pitcock was a bad-luck development for the team and a good club isn't necessarily going to have room for late rounders.
Still, the way the Colts operate, I feel as if a group in its third year should be nearing its peak and contributing and producing more than that.
Do you agree?
I can't believe this, but Oilers/Titans Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews is joining the Texans coaching staff. I would have bet a lot against that one. He must have gotten bored at home.
We knew Eugene Wilson had a new deal. The National Football Post has contract details.
The Sage Rosenfels to Minnesota trade is official.
The Colts are now thin at linebacker, writes Mike Chappell.
Indy announced it tendered exclusive rights free agents offensive lineman Dan Federkeil, who also was offered a tender as an exclusive rights free agent in addition to running back Lance Ball, linebacker Buster Davis and defensive tackle Daniel Muir.
The team also confirmed it's added the following players since the end of the 2008 season: Linebacker Rufus Alexander, defensive back Brannon Condren, punter Mike Dragosavich (waiver claim), defensive back Brandon Foster, wide receiver Sam Giguere, tackle Corey Hilliard, defensive back Travis Key, linebacker Michael Okwo, tight end Jamie Petrowski, wide receiver Taj Smith and defensive back Brandon Sumrall.
Tim Graham says choosing the Patriots over the Bills was easy for Fred Taylor.
Keeping Brad Meester was a good move, says Cole Pepper.
David Climer would like the Titans to take a new approach at receiver.
The agent for receiver Nate Washington expects him to visit the Titans. Also interested: Lions, Buccaneers, Rams and Vikings. He's in Detroit Friday, according to Jim Wyatt.
Titans free agent receiver Brandon Jones will visit the 49ers, says Wyatt.
Defensive tackle Chris Canty is slated to visit the Titans Saturday after a stop in Washington.
The Titans have ratcheted up efforts to hold onto Chris Simms, says Terry McCormick.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Greetings from Nashville. With camps over in Jacksonville, Terre Haute and Houston, I will have some time at home now to watch the final three days of Titans camp.
The travel totals: Twenty-six days, 13 trips with 13 flight segments and two four-hour drives. Tiring but fun, and, most importantly, incredibly informative.
Thanks to players, coaches and public relations staffs who were so helpful on every stop.
Hit the mailbag, recently voted most popular AFC South mailbag in America, any time.
A trip around the division.
Rookie running back Steve Slaton is in line to play some with the starters in the Texans' nationally televised game against the Cowboys in Dallas on Friday.
Once again an injury to a veteran back is prompting Houston to sign an additional player, this time Marcel Shipp.
Peter King considers Peyton Manning's recovery timetable.
Second-year safety Brannon Condren had two fourth-quarter interceptions in Atlanta.
Jack Del Rio wasn't happy at all with preseason game No. 2 for his Jaguars.
Quentin Groves started against Miami, but the rookie defensive end did little.
A look at rookie indoctrination, Titans style, and pretty mild.
Tennessee's fastest players ponder Usain Bolt's world record 100-meter dash at the Olympics.
Rookie receiver Lavelle Hawkins was scared, but he's only got a sprained ankle.
A quick look at three unknowns on defense making a push.