AFC South: D.J. Hackett


Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky


Houston Texans
  • Dunta Robinson was fined for the message on his shows Sunday against the Jets, says John McClain.
  • Kyle Shanahan makes an appearance in this look at young coaches and the box listing some up-and-comers by Jeff Chadiha.
  • Stay calm about Steve Slaton, says Clifton Brown.
  • The Texans signed running back Anthony Alridge to their practice squad, dropping linebacker Buster Davis, says McClain.
Indianapolis Colts
  • Indy worked out three receivers Tuesday according to Adam Schefter: D.J. Hackett, David Patten, and Chad Jackson.
  • Anthony Gonzalez will be out a month with a sprained right knee ligament, reports Chappell.
  • Larry Coyer gives the Colts all sorts of blitz possibilities, says Mike Chappell.
  • The Colts added Ed Johnson back to their active roster, writes Chappell.
  • A look at seven key Colts topics, including what’s up at receiver, Johnson’s return and the team’s new willingness to blitz, from John Oehser.
  • A return trip to Miami will bring Super Bowl memories for some, says Tom James.
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jacksonville mayor John Peyton’s plugging Jaguars tickets, says Michael C. Wright.
  • The Jags aren’t sure blackout news will spur ticket sales, says Gene Frenette.
  • Criticism comes with the job according to David Garrard, writes Vito Stellino.
  • In case you missed Wednesday’s comments from Wayne Weaver about Tim Tebow, they’re linked inside my reaction.
  • Another take on what Tebow could mean in Jacksonville, from Jonathan Loesche.
  • A team Q&A with Maurice Jones-Drew.
  • David Garrard agrees with Jack Del Rio: He should have played better. Vic Ketchman’s story from jaguars.com.
  • Ketchman takes a swipe at football technical talk and I’m with him on this one for sure.
  • The trial of the man charged with shooting Richard Collier has been postponed, says the Times-Union.
Tennessee Titans

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The Colts made a couple of roster moves Wednesday. At least one more is coming -- perhaps in time for Thursday, which marks the start of their practice week in preparation for Monday night's game at Miami.

The team waived kicker Shane Andrus, who worked as a kickoff specialist in the season-opening win against Jacksonville, and linebacker Cody Glenn, who was inactive against the Jaguars.

Adam Vinatieri said Monday he envisioned ultimately taking back the kickoff duties, though he didn’t offer a hint that it would be soon.

One of the two open roster spots will be taken by Ed Johnson. The veteran defensive tackle was suspended by the league for Week 1 and the team’s roster exemption for him is up.

The second spot is yet to be filled.

Team president Bill Polian has indicated the team may look for a veteran wide receiver to help while Anthony Gonzalez (knee) is out. The team is only three deep at receiver without Gonzalez (Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon).

If the Colts don't find a veteran they like, they could opt to promote Taj Smith or John Matthews from the practice squad.

UPDATE: Adam Schefter reported Tuesday evening that the Colts worked out three free agent veterans -- D.J. Hackett, David Patten, and Chad Jackson.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

I exchanged some e-mails with Jeremy Green of Scouts Inc. over the last two days and he helped me out with this line of thinking:

At one position of need I provided for each team in the AFC South, who's still out there as a free agent that would be a good fit?

Here's what he had to say on:

An outside linebacker for the Houston Texans

Derrick Brooks (Released, Tampa Bay) -- "Brooks was released in Tampa Bay due to his salary, not because he can't play anymore. The Texans are young on the defensive side of the ball because most of their star power on that side of the ball has come from recent draft classes. What does a team that has finished at 8-8 the past two seasons need to get over the top? How about a little veteran leadership from a guy like Brooks who has a Super Bowl ring and can still play. I think he would be an excellent fit for the Texans."

A linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts

Angelo Crowell (UFA Buffalo) -- "He possesses a nice combination of size and athletic ability. New head coach Jimmy Caldwell would like to make this defense a little bigger and of all the FA linebackers left on the market, Crowell has the size to make this defense more stout vs. the run."

Receivers for the Jacksonville Jaguars

Torry Holt (Released, St. Louis) -- "This is an easy call for the Jags and if they want to once again contend in the AFC South they need to be better at the wide receiver position. And even though Holt is no longer a true number one, he would be the one on their team. This team invested too much money at the quarterback with Garrard not to get him some help at the wide receiver spot, especially in light of them releasing WR Matt Jones."

D.J. Hackett (Released, Carolina) -- "He did not work out in Carolina after coming over as a FA from Seattle but he also was not healthy. Again with the release of wide receiver Matt Jones this team needs size on the outside and Hackett is still a young player with upside. His excellent size makes him a huge red zone threat and big target to move the chains on 3rd down."

Cornerbacks for the Tennessee Titans

Samari Rolle (Released, Baltimore) -- "When healthy he is still quick enough and athletic enough to match up in man to man situations on the outside. Though age is becoming a factor he is the most versatile corner left on the open market and his veteran presence is something the Titans are always looking for on the defensive side of the ball."

Like these? Hate them? I look forward to chiming into any conversation here in the comments or answering reactions you send to my mailbag.

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