AFC South: Keith Browner

Texans fill practice squad

September, 2, 2013
The Texans filled their practice squad with five rookies and three young veterans who cleared waivers Sunday. All of the players were in training camp with the Texans.

Defensive end Keith Browner and cornerback Roc Carmichael returned to the Texans. Carmichael spent last season on the Texans' 53-man roster, but was usually not active for games.

Rookie fullback Zach Boren, receiver Andy Cruse, running back Ray Graham, guard/center Alex Kupper and receiver EZ Nwachukwu returned to the Texans' practice squad after being released. The Texans also added inside linebacker Mike Mohamed, a second-year player out of California.

Three Texans who were cut were claimed off waivers on Sunday -- fullback Tyler Clutts (to Miami), nose tackle Chris Jones (to Tampa Bay), and running back Dennis Johnson (to Cleveland).

It's a nod to a team's talent when it loses more than it gains off the waiver system. By contrast, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs (the first two teams in the waiver order) were awarded seven players each. The Cleveland Browns landed six.
Reading the coverage…

The gap between the Texans and Titans last year was bigger than the standings suggested, says Tom Gower of Total Titans. (Late on this and hat tip to Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher report.)

Houston Texans

The contract extensions for Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith give the franchise stability, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

The Texans signed fullback Moran Norris and outside linebacker/defensive end Keith Browner Jr., says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Dwight Freeney is a hybrid in a hybrid defense, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. Freeney’s embraced the move to 3-4 linebacker and that’s a giant piece to the transformation.

Chuck Pagano implored his team to make good choices in time away as the team’s minicamp concluded, says Phil Richards of the Star.

The Colts appeared unified and enthusiastic through minicamp, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Star.

Bruce Arians is bringing back a two tight-end set, much to the delight of Dunlevy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tania Ganguli provides a great illustration of Mike Mularkey’s attention to detail in the Florida Times-Union. The coach also talked to his team about good choices as he officially saw veterans for the final time until camp.

There is no villain -- at least not yet -- in the stalemate between the Jaguars and Maurice Jones-Drew, says Gene Frenette of the T-U. I agree with Frenette that “anyone depicting this public standoff as Jones-Drew's greed vs. Jaguars' frugality misses the point.”

Tennessee Titans

Kendall Wright will miss next week’s minicamp with a shoulder strain, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Also in this notebook: The Titans are talking about an extension with Jason McCourty, and Kenny Britt did some cutting.

Seventh-round pick Scott Solomon knows that if he’s going to stick around as a defensive end, he’s got to improve a lot with his technique, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

The Titans have the division’s most level-headed fans right now, says Dunlevy.