AFC South: Jon Cooper

Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

Talk about how he’s getting old serves as motivation for Andre Johnson, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. (What’s with that Miami Heat hat?)

Contract uncertainty won’t distract Connor Barwin or Duane Brown, says Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.

The Texans exude a quiet confidence, says Randy Harvey of the Houston Chronicle.

As guard Thomas Austin has a hamstring injury, the Texans brought back Kasey Studdard, says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Chuck Pagano’s been part of 10 NFL training camps, but this one is the first to have his fingerprints all over it, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

Where have all the former Colts landed? Phil Wilson of the Star provides a run down. Forty of them, who presumably would like to be on an NFL team, are currently out of the league. Forty! Tells you a bit about the talent level on the recent roster.

The Colts would be a great trade partner with Pittsburgh for receiver Mike Wallace, and Indy offensive coordinator Bruce Arians knows Wallace well. But could they afford him? Brad Wells of Stampede Blue considers it all. I don't know if the Colts would court a guy who's causing a contract fuss.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew may be prepared to hold out beyond training camp, says Steve Wyche of

As Clint Session deals with post concussion symptoms, the Jaguars are uncertain about the linebacker’s future, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Russell Allen, who would replace Session, says nothing’s changed, writes John Oehser of the team web site.

Mike Mularkey saw more mistakes in Day 1 of training camp than he would have liked, says Oehser.

Jaguars fans will be allowed to bring food into the stadium writes Drew Dixon of the T-U. Smart move by the team. Next up: Be at the forefront of a move to lower pries inside the stadium.

Aaron Ross has a great attitude, says Luke Sims of Black & Teal.

Tennessee Titans

Penn Stater Mike Munchak empathizes with the victims of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, says John Glennon. This notebook also includes details of Matt Hasselbeck’s boring vacation, Kendall Wright’s stalemate and reserve center Jon Cooper’s retirement.

A pre-camp prediction of the final 53-man roster from Tom Gower of Total Titans. One guy Gower mentions as having a chance, Cooper, has left the team.
The rule about an early, unofficial depth chart: At many spots, it doesn’t mean a lot.

Still we have an initial guide of how players are likely to be deployed in early practices.

So here are some notes :
  • Rather than listing Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker as joint first-teamers, the incumbent veteran is listed as the No. 1 with Locker on the second team. That’s completely appropriate and says nothing about the competition they are both entering.
  • The starting offense here is two-back, which means fullback Quinn Johnson is a starter and tight end Jared Cook is the No. 2 tight end. But he’ll be on the field as much or more than "starter" Craig Stevens, and the Titans will be in two-tight plenty as well. Hopefully far more than two-back.
  • Damian Williams is listed as No. 2 behind Kenny Britt, with Kendall Wright third. That’s typical for rookie placement on a depth chart like this. Lavelle Hawkins is second to Nate Washington on the other side.
  • Same goes for defensive tackle Mike Martin (listed third), who can certainly pressure second-teamer Shaun Smith.
  • Newly signed Aaron Francisco is the No. 2 strong safety behind Jordan Babineaux.
  • Jon Cooper, a third-year center out of Oklahoma, is listed as the third-stringer behind Eugene Amano and Kevin Matthews, but he's ahead of undrafted rookie William Vlachos from Alabama. Again, likely a seniority/ experience thing.
  • Undrafted tight end Beau Brinkley is the one rookie listed in a “starting” slot. He’s the team’s top long-snapper right now, with Fernando Velasco behind him.

I did mention we shouldn't read too much into this, right?