AFC South: Charles spencer

RTC: Do Titans want T.O? No, no, no

July, 23, 2010
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Houston Texans

Texans second-round pick Ben Tate hasn't played a snap in the NFL yet, but already has his own day.

HoustonTexans.com has a position preview of the cornerbacks.

Indianapolis Colts

Seventh-round draft pick Kavell Conner has agreed to terms with the Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The National Football Post reports the Jaguars have reached a deal with sixth-round pick Deji Karim.

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio is Sandra Bullock's latest co-star.

In their countdown of the greatest players in UCF history, the Orlando Sentinel ranks Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker No. 8.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are hoping to put more pressure on the passer this season.

Kerry Collins is gearing up for his 15th NFL training camp.

Does cornerback Cortland Finnegan want Terrell Owens in Tennessee? "No. I don't ... no. No. No. Not gonna happen," Finnegan said during an interview on Nashville radio station 104.5 FM The Zone. "Jeff Fisher wouldn't allow it. The guys ... no. He wouldn't be part of the Tennessee ... no. I'm just gonna say 'no' and just keep on pushing."

RTC: Colts sign first pick of 2010 class

July, 22, 2010
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Houston Texans

Richard Justice looks at what went wrong for former Texans tackle Charles Spencer, who trying to make a comeback in the NFL.

HoustonTexans.com has a position preview of the linebackers.

Isaac Schamis of SportsAgentBlog.com sees the Texans as one of the most likely destinations for free agent Terrell Owens.

Indianapolis Colts

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times takes a quick look at the division with a focus on the Colts and their chance to repeat as division champs.

Seventh-round pick Ray Fisher became the first of the Colts' 2010 draft class to sign.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars signed sixth-round pick Scotty McGee, leaving the team with just two unsigned draft picks.

Fantasy aficionado Maurice Jones-Drew weighed in on who he thinks is the top options at quarterback, running back and wideout.

Tennessee Titans

Robert Johnson agreed to a deal with the Tennessee Titans, which he announced on his Twitter account.

The Titans opted to shuffle their offensive line this offseason even though the unit led the way for just the sixth 2,000-yard rusher in NFL history. Jim Wyatt writes that, "because it will take some time to develop chemistry, the line will give up more sacks and the Titans will have fewer rushing yards. It will still be one of the team’s best units, however."

Jaguars release two

April, 29, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

On the eve of players reporting for minicamp, the Jaguars made two minor roster moves, releasing fourth-year offensive tackle Charles Spencer and second-year fullback Anthony Cotrone.

Spencer was a third-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2006 and was signed by the Jaguars as a free agent on Sept. 3, 2008. Cotrone joined the club as a rookie free agent in 2008 but spent the entire 2008 season on injured reserve.

The team took a flier on bringing Spencer in last season. He was still coming back from a broken leg suffered with Houston in 2006. He was on the Jaguars' roster for 15 games but didn't play at all.

After the Jaguars spent their first- and second-round picks on Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton, Spencer became expendable.

Cotrone's knee must be healed up. The Jaguars have Greg Jones as their primary fullback -- and intend to give him carries too in the post-Fred Taylor era. Special teams ace Montell Owens is Jones' his backup.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Wade

Todd Wade is a few weeks away. The Jaguars are willing to wait.

A day after adding two veteran interior linemen to replenish depth, Jacksonville put guard Maurice Williams (biceps) on IR and signed Wade, who participated in a part of practice.

"Todd has a situation where he's got an ankle that'll be a little while, we understand that, but it was an opportunity to acquire him ahead of some other teams that were waiting on the ankle to heal up," Jack Del Rio said. "So we understand he has that but we're going to work him as we can into practice."

The Jaguars' info on Wade:

Wade, 31, spent the past two seasons with the Washington Redskins before being released in final cuts on Aug. 30. The 6-8, 314-pound offensive lineman has started 96 of his 99 career games while with Miami (2000-03), Houston (2004-05) and Washington (2006-08). The ninth-year veteran was originally selected by Miami in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Mississippi. He will wear jersey No. 70.

He's played predominantly right tackle and will likely battle with Charles Spencer, also coming off an injury, to be the primary backup to starting tackles Khalif Barnes and Tony Pashos.

The Jaguars now have backups starting at both guard spots and center, with only center Brad Meester in line to return this year. Without surprisingly good performances from guards Uche Nwaneri and Tutan Reyes, the Jaguars high hopes could be undone by their offensive line injuries.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

As feared, the Jaguars got bad news on the offensive line as a result of injuries suffered in Sunday's loss in Tennessee.

Starting left guard Vince Manuwai suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season and starting right guard Maurice Williams (biceps) could soon join him on IR. The team will make some sort of move to replenish some depth for practice on Wednesday.

Going with three reserve interior offensive linemen was clearly not the plan for games against Tennessee and Buffalo, which will bring former Jaguar defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, back to town.

At least Jacksonville's game at Indianapolis in Week 3 is against a team that's features smaller players along the defensive front.

"There aren't any future Hall of Famers sitting around on the street right now but there will be some people that are capable football players that will come in and be tough and play a role and that's what we're going to ask them to do," Coach Jack Del Rio said at his press conference. "You never know what you can find and what a guy does with an opportunity. But we're going to look at it real close and try and determine who we think can best help us solve that problem right now."

Del Rio said the team is likely to take a look at veteran guard Chris Liwenski, who was with the team in camp. While Charles Spencer was inactive for the opener and is listed as a tackle, Del Rio said Spencer practiced last week and could help out inside. The practice squad includes interior lineman Drew Miller and tackle Andrew Carnahan, a seventh-round choice from 2007.

Whoever is in the lineup and on the roster, Del Rio said they'll miss Manuwai.

"He's a powerful player," Del Rio said. "He's a big part of our run game. He moves people. We've run the ball well since we've been here and Vinny's been here. He moves people. He's a big strong guy that has done a nice job for us."

Nwaneri suffered a knee injury against the Titans too, but looks to be OK. Even in a best-case scenario Williams is going to miss a good while.

"We're still trying to sort through exactly what we're going to do, whether or not that becomes a season-ending IR or whether there are a number of weeks that we can try and hold a spot and wait," Del Rio said. "So, we've got to work through that as a football team and with Mo and make that determination. We'll do that over the next day or so, but it is an injury that is going to cause some time down at minimum, potentially could cost him the season as well."

At LP Field, if the Jags suffered another offensive line injury Del Rio said the emergency mode contingency plan would have been to turn to a defensive tackle or tight end.

Del Rio indicated the starting point going forward would be the line as it finished against the Titans, which would mean Nwaneri and left guard and Tutan Reyes at right guard. Dennis Norman is playing center while Brad Meester recovers from a biceps injury.

Spencer hasn't played since suffering a broken leg with the Houston Texans in 2006. Backup tackle Richard Collier remains in a Jacksonville hospital in critical condition as a result of gunshot wounds suffered Tuesday. Del Rio said the family was offering no updates on Collier.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

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Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • I exchanged e-mails this morning with Drew Rosenhaus and Bruce Tollner, and they confirmed their clients, Quinn Gray and Jared Lorenzen, respectively, have signed with the Colts. Indianapolis now has multiple alternatives to get through practices and the preseason for the duration of Peyton Manning's rehabilitation from knee surgery.
  • The Colts went from one to eight in a day on draft pick contract agreements. Only sixth-round tight end Tom Santi's contract status was unknown Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. Indy reports to camp by 2 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind. Though Peyton Manning won't be there, I'll be manning the parking lot, bringing you some quotes and color.
  • Because of all their injuries, Tony Dungy plans to scale things back, especially early.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Quentin Groves appears more likely to join the Jaguars on time than Derrick Harvey, according to the Florida Times-Union. Second rounders, generally, do sign before first rounders.

Tennessee Titans

  • Here is The Tennessean's take on Jason Jones' contract, Bryce Fisher's release and hopes for Chris Johnson to be in on time. (Here is my thinking on Jones and Fisher).
  • According to Jim Wyatt, there's little progress on Albert Haynesworth's desire for an out tied to his franchise tender that would prohibit the Titans from tagging him again next year.
  • Big Albert got a ticket for topping 100 mph in March, and appeared in court Wednesday. You can try to judge his weight and fitness, as well as his courtroom demeanor, in a video here.

Random leftover thought: The installation of lights on a Titans practice field means the team won't have to go to LP Field a couple times for late practice. While the Titans hardly have Pittsburgh's turf issues, Tennessee's grass has been a problem late in some seasons. Perhaps a little less wear and tear early will help.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

A quick tour around the division this morning.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

  • The Colts' second-round draft pick, their top pick this season, is a hard worker and an accomplished guitar player. The Indianapolis Star gives us a nice look at guard Mike Pollak. Though he isn't signed yet, his agent said "A deal is on the horizon and he'll be in camp on time."
  • Rookie tight end Tom Santi, who will start camp on the PUP list, is recovering from the same surgery that Peyton Manning had -- an infected bursa sac was removed from his knee.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Virtually every coach and GM in the league is talking confidently about getting their rookies into camp on time. That's the case with Jack Del Rio regarding his team's top two picks -- defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, according to the Florida Times-Union.
  • The team's last rookie holdout was quarterback Byron Leftwich in 2003. Like Leftwich, Harvey is represented by CAA. But there are CAA clients on the Jaguars roster, too.
  • Despite his recent arrest on drug charges, receiver Matt Jones will be with the team when camp opens Friday, Del Rio said on his radio show.

Tennessee Titans

  • The Titans have added lights to one of their three outdoor practice fields, allowing for outdoor night practice without having to go inside or to LP Field, The Tennessean reports.
  • Vince Young and Kevin Mawae say the Titans aren't young and inexperienced anymore. (One aside, Eugene Amano and Leroy Harris are competing to replace the departed Jacob Bell, not Jacob Ford, who's a defensive end and still around).

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