AFC South: Joe Horn

A Sunday evening look around

August, 28, 2011
A quick look around the AFC South Sunday evening…

The Colts released eight players. Gone are guard Josh Beekman, tackle Casey Bender, receiver Joe Horn (no, not the old one), running back Devin Moore, defensive back Chip Vaughn and quarterback Mike Hartline. Linebacker Cody Glenn and defensive back Mike Newton were waived injured. If they are unclaimed, their rights revert back to Indianapolis.

The Jaguars got a pep talk from Maurice Jones-Drew, who didn’t play, after they fell behind 17-0 in Buffalo Saturday night. "I thought we were pressing a little bit too much,” he told Tania Ganguli. “There were certain things I was seeing that were very uncharacteristic of our offense. I kind of pointed those things out and said we don't practice like this, we don't work like this so why play like it? The guys, they settled down, they played well. Sometimes you just gotta point out certain things and guys understand it.”

The Texans seem optimistic about Arian Foster and his left hamstring. “Everything was positive today,” Gary Kubiak said. “It looks like we’re dealing kind of with the same thing we were dealing with at the start of camp. Hopefully get him back on the rehab train and get him ready for opening day. He’ll be day-to-day. I’ll keep you guys up to date, but we feel like we’re fortunate.”

The Titans plan to get Kenny Britt working with the first team Monday in practice. “The only reason he hasn’t been at times is just because when we got into getting ready for the game mode or the carded-periods, there was no reason for him to take away reps from someone who was actually going to play in the game,” Mike Munchak said. “I think it will be a little bit different the next couple of days where he will get a chance to run with the first group and get some reps and continue that on hopefully for the rest of the season.”

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

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 Joe Horn had 27 receptions for 243 yards and one touchdown for the Falcons last season.

The Titans and Jaguars are two of the teams receiver Joe Horn is interested in, his agent said Tuesday afternoon. The question is whether the two AFC South teams are interested in Horn, who was released by Atlanta.

Agent Ralph Vitolo said he had conversations last week with both Mike Reinfeldt, the Titans' GM, and James Harris, the Jaguars' personnel chief. Each said at the time that he wasn't interested, but that's when the Falcons were looking for trade compensation and trying to move a player with a $2.5 million guaranteed base salary. Now he can sign for the veteran minimum.

"It's all conjecture now," Vitolo said.

He said Horn's interested in six teams including Tennessee, Jacksonville and Dallas.

My colleague, Bill Williamson, has a blog post that says Horn is also interested in San Diego and Denver.

But the Titans quickly indicated they have no interest in the 36-year-old.

The Titans are counting on Justin Gage and Justin McCareins as starters and have young, unproven players fighting for roles after that.

Jacksonville is waiting on Reggie Williams to return from knee surgery and Jerry Porter to come back from hamstring surgery.

Vitolo said Horn likes the possibility of joining a team with a young, up-and-coming quarterback and group of receivers.

He played in 12 games for Atlanta last season, catching 27 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown.

I'd be surprised if either the Titans or Jags made a move for him now.