AFC South: Darius Heyward-Bey
The five biggest questions that are still unsettled as the Texans head into their summer hiatus, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
These Texans have a better Super Bowl chance than last year’s version, says Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle.
Undrafted rookie linebacker Willie Jefferson could follow a path blazed by Bryan Braman, says Ganguli.
Guard Brandon Brooks and defensive end Jared Crick are in position to be breakout players in 2013, says Lance Zierlein of the Houston Chronicle blogs.
July 17 is a key date for Brian Cushing, who expects to get a green light from his doctor regarding his surgically repaired ACL, says Nick Scurfield of the team’s website.
His high school coach rates Colts’ first-round pick Bjoern Werner as "a force of nature," writes Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.
Will the Colts be better in 2013? They could be better but not have as good a record, says Bob Kravitz of the year after Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia gave them something to rally around. “I want to see us make the transition away from me and toward our players,’’ Pagano said. “ChuckStrong still exists because I have this unique platform now where I can help raise money and awareness, and I’ve been doing that and I’m going to continue to do that. But I’m not the story anymore. Even last year, I didn’t want to be the story. The story is the players on this team. That’s the way it should be."
The inside linebackers are a great value, says Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority.
An early stab at the Colts’ 53-man roster from Brad Wells of Stampede Blue.
Darius Heyward-Bey arrived in Indianapolis with a catch rate of 14.6 on balls thrown 20 yards or more downfield, says Josh Wilson of Stampede Blue.
An early attempt to shape the 53-man roster of the Jaguars, from Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. He sees the team carrying only two quarterbacks.
Former Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane was claimed off waivers by Kansas City, says O’Halloran.
Some Jaguars fans enjoyed a Father’s Day brunch at EverBank Field, says Roger Bull of the Florida Times-Union.
The offseason is over, but the Jaguars are hardly finished revising their roster, says O’Halloran. GM David Caldwell said: “I expect some more movement. I don’t know where and at what position, but everybody will have ample opportunities to claim one of those positions.”
Not having most of their draft picks signed yet is not a big deal at all for the Jaguars, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.
A getting-to-know-you video with Denard Robinson from the team’s website.
Julian Stanford may push Geno Hayes for a starting outside linebacker spot, says Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.
Receiver Nate Washington is in great shape and is ready to fight for his role among a bunch of high draft picks, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Mike Munchak is doing some hands-on work with the offensive line again, says David Climer of The Tennessean.
New special teams coach Nate Kaczor is injecting life into his units, says Marc Torrence of The Tennessean.
Kicker Rob Bironas is aiming for better accuracy in 2013, says Tyler Whetstone of The Tennessean.
Single game tickets go on sale July 12, says The Tennessean.
Steelers tight end Heath Miller may not be healthy enough to play on opening day against the Titans and Music City Miracles reflects on what his absence could mean.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
I asked Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, to share his thoughts on the Tennessee Titans in the first round given these parameters -- their primary needs are wide receiver, cornerback and defensive tackle or outside linebacker.
Here's what Rang had to say in our e-mail exchange:
WR: Remains an area of need for this team, though they have refused to spend a 1st round pick on this area since Kevin Dyson... Florida's Percy Harvin makes the most sense due to his speed and agility. North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks has the body control and sneaky speed to make big plays in an offense that forces the safeties to come up against the run. Even Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey, who remains a bit of a track star in shoulder pads, could be a Bernard Berrian-like big-play threat on the outside.
CB: At this point it looks like the top three CBs -- Malcolm Jenkins, Vontae Davis, D.J. Moore -- will be long gone. The others have speed or size questions. Utah's Sean Smith could move up with a strong workout, as could two other western corners flying up the board -- Oregon's Darius Byrd and San Jose State's Coye Francies -- each offer a presence in tight man coverage that make them a nice fit in Tennessee.
DT: Evander "Ziggy" Hood is big and athletic enough to make some sense for the Titans at this point in the draft, but certainly wouldn't come close to matching the production lost if Big Albert [Haynesworth] left.
OLB: Good value late in the first round at outside linebacker... The Titans are willing to gamble on small school and intangible guys more than other teams, meaning that Northern Illinois' Larry English and USC's Clay Matthews, Jr. make some sense.