AFC South: Jeff Herod

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Houston Texans

“Of the 11 receivers on the Texans’ roster, eight have less than three years’ experience in the NFL,” says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “All eight came to the Texans looking up to and learning from (Andre) Johnson. As the Texans work to find young players who can complement Johnson and Kevin Walter -- both 10-year veterans -- Johnson’s tutelage is helping those players develop.”

Owner Bob McNair says the Texans will do everything possible to sign outside linebacker Connor Barwin and left tackle Duane Brown to long-term deals, says Ganguli.

The Texans feel like Bryan Braman was a big find as an undrafted free agent a year ago, says John McClain of the Chronicle.

The team celebrated Gary Kubiak’s 51st birthday, says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Jeff Herod led the Colts in tackling for seven seasons before retiring in 1998, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. “But now, at age 46, Herrod said he's paying a big price. Migraines and memory loss. Sleep issues and sensitivity to light. Full-body pain. Blink-of-an-eye mood swings.”

Do current Colts think the risks to the lives after football are worth it, asks Chappell.

Reggie Wayne no longer lines up predominantly on the left, says Chappell. The receiver can now show up all over the formation. “At any time, anyone can be anywhere. That's a dramatic switch from (Marvin) Harrison always split wide right and Wayne to the left.”

Cory Redding is ready for his preseason debut, says Chappell.

Vick Ballard's going to get a big workload in the Colts' second preseason game, says Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcedes Lewis has football amnesia when it comes to 2011, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

A possible concussion for Eugene Monroe is the latest injury issue for the offensive line, writes Vito Stellino. “It’s hard to be stable when we’ve got different lineups in every play,’’ Mike Mularkey said.

Blaine Gabbert understands blocking out negativity, says Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans didn’t draft Kendall Wright for his blocking, but he’s working to get better at the angles and effort involved, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

In preseason game No. 2 at Tampa Bay, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is looking for a more aggressive mindset, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Darius Reynaud may get more carries against the Buccaneers, says Glennon.

There is a lot to sort through at cornerback for the Titans, says David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper.

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