AFC South: John David Booty

Evening notes from around division

September, 3, 2010
9/03/10
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Notes from the division on the eve of cut day:

Houston

  • Jeremiah Johnson has a dislocated toe. The Texans worked out Derrick Ward and Justin Fargas and John McClain just tweeted the team is signing Ward.
  • Gary Kubiak said the Texans will start off with two quarterbacks on the roster and that Dan Orlovsky is No. 2. Which means John David Booty is likely heading for the practice squad. The coach also confirmed that Jacques Reeves will be among the team’s cuts.
  • Neil Rackers won the kicker job based on his kickoff abilities.
  • Safety Dominique Barber (@34dombarber) tweeted that he’s made the roster.
Indianapolis

  • Jim Caldwell plans to meet with every player the Colts cut, says Phil Richards. Veterans who could be in jeopardy include Gijon Robinson, Keyunta Dawson and Adam Terry.
Jacksonville

  • I’ve seen not so much as a tidbit.
Tennessee
  • Gerald McRath’s four-game suspension begins Saturday at 5 CT. He’s not allowed on the premises for a month after that.
  • David Thornton will be placed on the physically unable to perform list and the Titans will be able to better evaluate his bad hip after six weeks, according to Jeff Fisher.
  • Fisher said he will not contact cut players until Saturday.

Thoughts on Buccaneers 24, Texans 17

September, 3, 2010
9/03/10
12:18
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Some bullet point thoughts on the Texans’ 24-17 loss to the Buccaneers Thursday night:
  • Houston sat 29 players.
  • Neil Rackers hit a 21-yard field goal while Kris Brown was short on a 56-yarder in the final chances in the kicking competition. Expect the guy who doesn’t stick to find work with relative speed.
  • Jeremiah Johnson turned three carries into 20 yards while Chris Henry needed 15 carries for 51 yards as the Texans got a look at their third and fourth backs. I like Johnson as the third.
  • After Dan Orlovsky threw two interceptions to Corey Lynch -- one for a 91-yard touchdown -- John David Booty threw two touchdown passes. Gary Kubiak expressed continued confidence in Orlovsky after the game, but what is he supposed to say?
  • The Texans went for it on fourth down five times and converted four.
  • Even without Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Jacoby Jones, Arian Foster and Steve Slaton Houston managed 417 total yards. The Texans ran 76 plays compared to 49 for Tampa Bay, though time of possession was only 32:55 to 27:05.
  • Dorin Dickerson’s one-handed 27-yard reception from Booty was the best catch I remember seeing from an AFC South player in the preseason.
  • Rookie linebacker Darryl Sharpton got the start and was credited with six tackles and a sack. Xavier Adibi started on the strong side. The Brian Cushing replacement strategy looks like it will be Adibi in his spot or Sharpton at weakside with Zac Diles moved to strong.

Notes from Texans-Saints practice

August, 18, 2010
8/18/10
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METAIRIE, La. -- The Texans-Saints practice this morning was poorly attended, relatively short and pretty uneventful.
  • New Orleans dropped more passes than you’d expect from a defending Super Bowl champ, which made life easier on rookie corner Kareem Jackson in seven-on-seven work than it should have been.
  • In a team period I saw Jackson break well on a ball aimed for Lance Moore and he made it difficult for the receiver to pull in the 12-yard pass which wound up on the turf.
  • The other most notable pass play I saw exposed an area that I see as a great concern -- depth at free safety. Dominique Barber went for a sideline pick against tight end Tory Humphrey, whiffed and allowed the reception and significant yards after the catch.
  • Trindon Holliday’s had some issues, but looked very comfortable to me fielding punts. His lateral movement and ability to skip and hop into space can be hard to believe. I hope he can earn the role so we can see some of this in a meaningful setting.
  • Joel Dreessen made a great leaping catch of a John David Booty throw in a seam between four defenders, but it probably wasn’t as good as it looked since Chip Vaughn fell down.

I talked with Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, Steve Slaton as well as Jacoby Jones for a project you’ll see down the road. They’ll practice again Wednesday afternoon. Stay tuned for more from Metairie.
Houston Texans

Offensive line coach Rick Dennison is pondering the Texans’ offer to become offensive coordinator, says John McClain. Also Houston signed John David Booty, who’d been on the Titans' practice squad.

McClain thinks Dennison is the right choice for continuity’s sake.

Ranking the team’s needs, with Lance Zierlein.

Indianapolis Colts

Playoff byes have not been favorable to the Colts, says Mike Chappell.

The Ravens are a different, better team, writes Phillip B. Wilson.

Caldwell doesn’t believe records and history are going to matter Saturday night, says John Oehser.

Bill Polian rates the Colts to be as healthy as they’ve been since the opener, says Oehser.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Michael C. Wright thinks Jack Del Rio is staying.

It’s time to end the doubt on Del Rio, says Gene Frenette.

Is this a case where fans need to be careful what they wish for? Wright thinks probably so.

Considering Wayne Weaver’s confidence in Del Rio with Big Cat Country.

The future of the Jaguars is in the hands of the fans, says Vic Ketchman.

The Jaguars are offering ticket incentives, says Rich Jones.

The team hopes the price alterations help it avoid blackouts.

Tennessee Titans

William Hayes is a key guy for the Titans with defensive line turnover a possibility, says Gary Estwick.

Former Titan GM Floyd Reese will interview with Seattle, says Terry McCormick.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The quarterback news so far Wednesday from Tennessee isn’t about who will start Sunday in Jacksonville.

It’s that John David Booty, who tried out for Houston on Tuesday, became a member of the Titans’ practice squad.

The Titans are practicing right now. As they sort out first-team reps in a week when owner Bud Adams has reportedly instructed coach Jeff Fisher to start Young ahead of Kerry Collins, odds are they felt they needed scout-team assistance.

Fisher started the season with three quarterbacks on the roster, but the Titans cut Patrick Ramsey after three games.

Houston was likely updating contingency plans when it had Booty in for a look with a large group featuring quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends.

With Rex Grossman as the backup to Matt Schaub and No. 3 Dan Orlovsky in the first year of a lucrative deal, it’s hard to imagine the Texans making any changes at the position.

The Titans had made room for Booty Tuesday by cutting running back Lance Ball from the practice squad.

The other players Houston looked at: receiver Dallas Baker, tight end Carson Butler, receiver Patrick Carter, former Titans receiver Chris Davis, quarterback Bobby Reid and tight end Dezmond Sherrod.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

Houston Texans
  • Ten years later, Bob McNair’s Texans remain a work in progress, says Dale Robertson.
  • Will the winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium affect the game plan of Gary Kubiak and Kyle Shanahan? John McClain ponders.
  • The Texans were aggressive on first down, says Lance Zierlein.
  • How the fans graded the Texans against the 49ers in McClain’s blog.
  • The Texans are just outside looking in at the playoff field in the AFC right now, writes Alan Burge.
  • Houston took a look at John David Booty, says Burge. I wouldn’t read much into it.
Indianapolis Colts
  • The Colts are getting good mileage out of three obscure defensive linemen, writes Phillip B. Wilson.
  • Wilson’s Colts-49ers matchup page.
  • Dwight Freeney’s about a lot more than numbers, says John Oehser.
  • Passer ratings are getting inflated, at least in part because of the bad teams at the bottom of the league, says Deshawn Zombie.
  • Football Outsiders puts Pierre Garcon’s bad day into some context. Thanks to Stampede Blue for the link.
Jacksonville Jaguars
  • The Jaguars are preparing for both Kerry Collins and Vince Young, says Vito Stellino. Given any doubt, teams always do, which makes the whole competitive advantage stance from the Titans' side rather silly.
  • Mike Sims-Walker would like to be a college receivers coach some day, he tells Michael C. Wright.
  • The respect card gets overplayed, but the Jags as a three-point underdog is an occasion to play it, says Big Cat Country.
  • A broken finger might sideline Rashean Mathis.
  • Richard Collier testifies he didn’t see his shooter, writes Paul Pinkham.
Tennessee Titans

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