AFC South: Deltha O\'Neal
|The Texans list of cuts:QB Alex Brink|
|LB Khary Campbell|
|LB Buster Davis|
|FB Jonathan Evans|
|RB Arian Foster|
|TE Clark Harris|
|FS Brandon Harrison|
|C Bret Helms|
|DE Tim Jamison|
|WR Darnell Jenkins|
|G Adrian Jones|
|DT Josh Leonard|
|DE Jess Nading|
|CB Deltha O'Neal|
|CB Mark Parson|
|CB Matterral Richadson|
|WR Mark Simmons|
|T Adam Stenavich|
|T Brandon Torrey|
|T Cliff Washburn|
They also waived injured:
CB A.J. Davis
LB Toddrick Verdell
|AP Photo/Dave Einsel|
|The final joint practice held by the Texans and Saints got chippy Friday with several fights breaking out, including one between Jeremy Shockey and DeMeco Ryans.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
HOUSTON -- Wherever I wasn't, there was a fight at Thursday morning's Texans-Saints practice. When I was watching the Texans' offense, the fights were on defense. When I changed up, so did they.
John McClain says the fight total was six and that the highlights were a Jeremy Shockey versus DeMeco Ryans bout and a Vonta Leach-Rod Coleman battle. Another observer told me that Shockey threw at least one punch and that another of the fights was Ryan Moats against Saints fullback Troy Evans. (Here's McClain's story.)
The crowd erupted in response to each fight, and the teams swarmed to defend their guys, with order restored relatively quickly.
Leach said afterward that "we are not going to get pushed around, we are not going to get bullied" and Gary Kubiak said he liked the way guys stood up for teammates, but he likes composure even more.
It made for a more entertaining show for a large crowd that included the football teams from both Houston and Rice.
On to some notes about the football I saw:
- Tried to get a read on the rookie defensive backs, but one-on-ones were kind of sloppy and Drew Brees, who rejoined the team after attending to family matters in the wake of his mother's death, seemed rusty, at least early.
Glover Quin lost Lance Moore as the receiver cut hard across the middle on one play. In red zone work he covered Marques Colston well but the throw wasn't anything Colston had a chance to go get. Quin had a very nice pass breakup in the back left corner of the end zone on a throw from Mark Brunell aimed for Rod Harper. Quin also got a nice jam on Devery Henderson and stayed tight on him, but Henderson maintained focus and managed to make the catch despite the coverage. That was all in one-on-ones. Later, in a team period, Brees fit a nice mid-range pass between Quin and Dominique Barber to Colston.
- Brice McCain either didn't work a lot in the one-on-one period or I had a hard time finding him in the crowd. I saw one play where he didn't stay particularly close to his receiver. Deltha O'Neal, the veteran who was brought in when injuries mounted, didn't look great to me.
- Special-teams periods in the heat can be excruciating, but I noticed one play of note: New Orleans' Adrian Arrington was lined up as a gunner and Quin and Eugene Wilson absolutely handled him, getting their hands on him repeatedly as they prevented him from having any chance to influence the return.
- Dan Orlovsky had some uncomfortable moments. I don't think he's Chevy Chase impersonating Gerald Ford, but he might have a degree of clumsiness to him. He fell down back out from under center on one play. On another, backpedalling furiously with two defenders bearing down, he threw an ill-advised dump off over the middle that hit an O-lineman and had no chance at success.
- Steve Slaton had some very nice moments. The best one I saw was he pulled in a short pass, and spun off the first defender to gain some extra yards. Will Smith likely would have had a sack on the play, however. Chris Brown looks very good and can be just the sort of complement to Slaton that the team is looking for. Insert your obligatory line about his issues staying healthy here.
- Matt Schaub was crisp but had a few bad moments. He threw a bad pick in the red zone intended for David Anderson on the left side that Tracy Porter jumped and would have taken back for a touchdown in a game setting. And for the second day in a row a pump or a pull down turned into a lost ball for an incompletion. There are far worse ways to end a play, but is he having some sort of grip issue?
- Kubiak said linebacker Cato June suffered a broken forearm.
- The practice started at 8:30 and was short, breaking up at 9:53 by my cell phone clock.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
- If the Texans agree not to use the franchise tag on him a second time next year, Dunta Robinson will report immediately, reports Jerome Solomon. If the Texans don't, Robinson still plans on showing in time for the opener.
- Solomon thinks the Texans need to be careful with Robinson.
- Deltha O'Neal knows what he's getting into, says John McClain.
- Players voted to have special-teams practice in the Houston heat instead of the air-conditioned bubble, says Dale Robertson.
- The no wedge rule is a challenge for special-teams coaches, says Alan Burge.
- The Colts are comfortable with change, says Chris Mortensen.
- Peyton Manning's visit with Mortensen.
- Howard Mudd says this is his last season, writes Mike Chappell.
- Marlin Jackson says his knee is feeling better, writes Chappell.
- Larry Coyer talks about why the Colts won't need to be blitz crazy, from John Oehser.
- Peyton Manning speaks, John Oehser sort through it.
- Mudd: "We've got to play better. We have to be a better unit. We're not used to having mediocre performances like we had last year. You can't say, 'Well, it's young guys.' I don't like excuses. Until we play and perform like we're used to performing, we're not going to go anywhere. We know that, so we talk about that. Our veteran guys -- Jeff (Saturday), Ryan Diem and Ryan Lilja, Charlie Johnson -- they all know where we need to be. They were there when we played in the big game (Super Bowl XLI). You want to compete at that level, that's the way you have to play. You sign up to play and that's what you're supposed to do."
- A Friday afternoon practice report from Oehser.
- Phillip Wheeler is getting his chance, says Andy Amey.
- Kelvin Hayden's blogging on the team Web site.
- David Garrard's got to show trust in his receivers, writes Michael C. Wright.
- Jack Del Rio wants situational work for the Jaguars at Saturday night's scrimmage, says Vito Stellino.
- The Jaguars claimed defensive back Don Carey off waivers from Cleveland, says Brad Biggs. Carey has an injured shoulder.
- Vic Ketchman takes questions.
- Wayne Weaver says the Jaguars have to be realistic about ticket sales, says Rich Jones.
- The Jaguars are part of this footballoutsiders.com look at receiver metrics.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Old, but interesting: pro-football-reference.com goes three deep on the best players ever by uniform number.
- Coach Gary Kubiak could move safety Eugene Wilson to corner, according to the Chronicle's notebook.
- Third receiver Andre Davis has been making some big catches, says Dale Robertson.
- Zac Diles is working on a transition to the weak side, says Jordan Godwin.
- Houston added Deltha O'Neal and Andre Hall, writes Godwin.
- A look at Thursday night's practice from Alan Burge.
- Indy hopes changes energize the team, says Don Banks.
- Pete Prisco gets a feel for Jim Caldwell.
- The Colts want size and speed at defensive tackle, which facilitates a move of Keyunta Dawson to end, writes Mike Chappell.
- Tim Jennings got the life of a corner encapsulated in two plays, says Chappell.
- Caldwell says the Colts are focused on the day-to-day grind.
- Some interesting numbers on run games around the league from stampedeblue.com.
- The Times-Union's observation deck at the bottom of this provides practice details.
- James Wyche is trying to stay healthy, says Michael C. Wright.
- Quentin Groves had bulked up and needs to put that weight to good use, says Vito Stellino.
- Eben Britton understands the importance of being at camp on time, says Gene Frenette.
- Vic Ketchman connects sellouts and TV ratings.
- Chuck Cecil isn't making any major scheme changes, but he does want the Titans to be more violent, writes Jim Wyatt.
- Vince Young says there is nothing wrong with being confident, reports Wyatt.
- Wyatt's Thursday afternoon practice report.
- Cary Williams got a shot with the first team, says Wyatt.
- NBC's "Dateline" is working on a piece about Steve McNair's murder, says Wyatt.
- Terry McCormick likes what he's seen so far from Nate Washington.
- Titans Radio reviews Thursday.
- Keith Bulluck's trash-talking broke up camp monotony, says Joe Biddle.
- Everyone's getting to the ball in the Titans' secondary.
Texans running back Chris Brown has been great so far, according to the Chronicle's camp insider. This is a great development, but he needs to maintain it over time. If Brown can stay healthy, he'd be a fantastic complement to Steve Slaton and give the Texans an element they are missing. I am sure the team will monitor his workload in an effort to maximize returns.
John Oehser's got seven early practice observations. The one on Joseph Addai strikes me. If his struggles last year were more on the line and the blocking than on him, that's good news for Addai, for Donald Brown and for the Colts on crucial third-and-2s. That Ryan Lilja looks good so far is a big piece to this as well.
Continuing our periodic look at the history of the AFC South-relevant first-round draft slots ...
Here's a look at the last 10 picks in the No. 15 slot owned this time around by Houston.