AFC South: Clinton Portis

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Houston Texans

Kicker Randy Bullock didn’t get his chance because of a torn groin, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans made their first round of roster moves, and it included putting linebacker Daryl Sharpton on PUP, says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Excerpts of what Chuck Pagano had to say after the Colts traded for Miami cornerback Vontae Davis, from the Indy Star.

Davis gives the Colts a fast, physical corner who’s only 24 says Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.

The Dolphins' trade of Davis leaves David Hyde of the Florida Sun-Sentinel asking if coach Joe Philbin is shrewd enough.

Considering Stanford after Andrew Luck, with Matt Brown of Sports on Earth.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Cameron Bradfield’s worked his way up and is now the Jaguars’ starting right tackle, says Vito Stellino.

Laurent Robinson’s troubles so far are just as much the fault of Blaine Gabbert, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Clinton Portis sees Maurice Jones-Drew as the league’s last every-down back and thinks MJD deserves a new deal, says Vito Stellino.

Tennessee Titans

Receiver Lavelle Hawkins had a quiet camp, says Jim Wyatt and John Glennon of The Tennessean.

The Titans' first wave of roster cuts included undrafted center William Vlachos out of Alabama, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

The Titans soon have to make a decision on defensive end Dave Ball, says Glennon.
Houston Texans

Ben Tate is the likely starter at running back in New Orleans, says John McClain.

Kevin Walter could return against the Saints, says John McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are not considering any big changes, writes Mike Chappell.

Special-teams coverage units have been a giant problem so far, says Phil Richards.

Peyton Manning walked laps at practice, says Richards.

Lower your expectations, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Nate Dunlevy considers how the Colts would approach an opportunity at Andrew Luck.

According to Bill Polian, people must be must be “cold-hearted realistic” and that the “stark reality” is no one can operate the Colts' offense like Manning. Major props to Stampede Blue for listening to Polian’s show and writing up details.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Luke McCown and Blaine Gabbert are waiting for word on who will start in Carolina, says Vito Stellino.

Special teams were an issue for the Jaguars against the Jets, says Tania Ganguli.

John Oehser on Jack Del Rio’s timing with the quarterback decision.

A lot of angry readers wrote Oehser.

Tennessee Titans

Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for more yards in the first two weeks since any Oilers/Titans quarterback since Warren Moon in 1992, says Jim Wyatt.

Mike Munchak foresees a bigger role for Javon Ringer, says Wyatt.

The Titans will check out Clinton Portis today, says Wyatt.

Cortland Finnegan’s been restoring his reputation, says David Boclair.

Three 1,000-yard backs not so rare

August, 23, 2011
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Three backs who’ve run for 1,000 yards on the same team sounds like a rarity.

But after writing about the Texans and Arian Foster, Derrick Ward, and Steve Slaton Monday I asked Stats & Info how often it’s happened and they took it to Elias. Apparently, it’s not so uncommon, especially when Michael Bennett (who ran for 1,296 yards for Minnesota in 2002) is involved.

There have been three instances of a team having three 1,000-yard rushers in just the last five years.
  • 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Michael Bennett, Warrick Dunn and Cadillac Williams
  • 2008 Washington Redskins -- Shaun Alexander, Ladell Betts and Clinton Portis
  • 2007 Kansas City Chiefs -- Michael Bennett, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson

Foster and Ward are definite for the Texans. If Slaton sticks, they’ll be added to this list. He has to rank fourth at best right now, behind Ben Tate.

Some context for CJ's day

September, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky


Had the Titans won Sunday, all these details about what Chris Johnson accomplished would get a lot more attention. Because they didn’t, they are all followed by, “but the Titans lost.”

Still, here are some of the impressive contextual details:
  • He is the first player in NFL history to record a 90-plus yard rushing touchdown (91), 50-plus yard rushing touchdown (57), and 60-plus yard receiving touchdown (69) in a game.
  • FROM ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU: Johnson scored touchdowns of 57, 69, and 91 yards in the Titans’ 34–31 loss to the Texans. That’s more TDs of 50 yards or longer than Curtis Martin or Eric Dickerson scored in their entire NFL careers.
  • Johnson was the first player to score three TDs of 50 yards or longer in one game since Qadry Ismail did it for the Ravens in 1999, and he was the first player in NFL history to do so in a loss. (ELIAS)
  • Johnson was also the first player ever to score a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown, each covering at least 50 yards, in the first quarter of an NFL game. (ELIAS)
  • This list from ESPN Stats & Information isn't bad either, is it?
50-Yard Rush TD, 50-Yard Rec TD Same Game, Since 1980
Year Player, Team Rush TD Rec TD Opp.
2009 Chris Johnson, TEN 57 69 HOU
2002 Clinton Portis, DEN 51 66 KC
1986 Herschel Walker, DAL 84 84 PHI
1985 Lionel James, SD 56 60 CIN
1980 Walter Payton, CHI 50 54 WSH

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