AFC South: Kennard Cox
The first thing of note I’ve seen was this from Adam Schefter via Twitter:
"Colts coach Jim Caldwell is thinking about playing some four WR sets with Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie and Anthony Gonzalez."
As if three wides and Dallas Clark isn’t enough of a problem.
I automatically started thinking of secondary depth in the division and how it would stack up against that. Nobody in the league has the kind of corner and secondary depth needed to stand up to that personnel grouping with Peyton Manning at the controls.
The Texans and Titans are definitely in the market for a cornerback, and safety is also in play. The Jaguars likely take a defensive back or two as well in the draft.
Teams could obviously use an additional safety in the sort of dime scenarios this could force. Here’s our take on the depth at defensive back for each of the Colts’ division opponents:
Nickel: Glover Quin, Jacques Reeves, Brice McCain.
Dime candidates: Cornerbacks Fred Bennett, Antwaun Molden; Safeties Dominique Barber, Troy Nolan.
Assessment: Contemplating this secondary against the Colts’ four-wide lineup is scary right now. Throw Clark in as the fifth skill player and I don’t know how Houston holds up. Corner and free safety are big draft needs.
Nickel: Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox, Tyron Brackenridge.
Dime candidates: Corners William Middleton, Kennard Cox, Michael Coe; whichever safety isn’t already playing out of Reggie Nelson, Anthony Smith, Sean Considine.
Assessment: Top three are pretty solid, but safety really needs to be sorted out and could have a new piece.
Nickel: Cortland Finnegan, Ryan Mouton, Vincent Fuller.
Dime candidates: Corners Rod Hood and Jason McCourty; safety Donnie Nickey.
Assessment: I am giving the nod as the second starting corner to Mouton right now based on hearing the team is high on him. A draft pick needs to compete for that spot. Overall depth is unproven.
Cox, a 6-0, 197-pound defender, is a first-year player out of Pittsburgh. He was a seventh-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills in 2008 and signed with the Jaguars as a free agent in December of 2008. He has made four tackles on special teams for the Jaguars this season.
For those keeping track, Cox’s trip to the 53-man roster is his fifth this season.
Here’s a rundown of his yo-yo season, which started when he won a spot on the team to open the season:
- Waived on Sept. 7
- Signed to practice squad on Sept. 8
- Signed to active roster on Sept. 15
- Waived on Sept. 28
- Signed to practice squad on Sept. 30
- Signed to active roster on Dec. 5
- Waived on Dec. 11
- Signed to practice squad on Dec. 15
- Signed to active roster on Dec. 17
- Waived on Dec. 19
- Signed to practice squad on Dec. 22
- Signed to active roster Jan. 2
Ingram suffered a shoulder injury Dec. 13 against Miami. Undrafted rookie Russell Allen worked in Ingram’s place in the loss to the Colts. Allen led the team with a dozen tackles.
The Jaguars had three roster spots because they recently released Kennard Cox and James Wyche.
To fill out their roster, they signed veteran free agent linebacker Tank Daniels and signed rookie tight end Zach Potter and center Cecil Newton off the practice squad to the 53-man roster. In addition, running back Josh Vaughan was signed to the practice squad.
The Jaguars will miss Ingram in New England and Cleveland in their final two games, but his loss isn’t a deal-breaker for a team that is one spot outside of the playoffs.
Daniels has been with the Eagles twice as well as the Giants. He has played in 26 regular season games and nine playoff games, including Super Bowl XLII.
Don’t scoff, says Richard Justice: Matt Schaub is the real deal.
The Rams are not what they used to be, says Dale Robinson.
If Kyle Shanahan and Alex Gibbs leave, Justice will wish them well and urge people to move on.
Losing Shanahan to his father’s staff would stink for the Texans, says Lance Zierlein.
A guide on who to root for in order for the Texans to hold on to their slim playoff chances, from Sean Pendergast.
Joseph Addai has surpassed his hero, Kevin Faulk, says Phil Richards.
Jim Caldwell has extra time to make decisions about game No. 15, says Steve Ballard.
More on Caldwell taking his time, from John Oehser.
The Saints’ loss just about clinched the MVP for Peyton Manning, says Stampede Blue.
As the Jaguars watch and hope, they cut two defensive reserves -- Kennard Cox and James Wyche, says Vito Stellino.
Are Reggie Nelson’s days in Jacksonville numbered? Gene Frenette asks.
Vic Ketchman loved the play calling in the Jaguars’ loss to the Colts.
Chris Johnson wants yards at any price, writes Jim Wyatt.
The Titans and Dolphins still harbor playoff hopes, says Wyatt.
Kerry Collins tells Titans Radio he's not planning on retiring. (Audio.)
Count Michael Irvin among the Johnson fans, says Wyatt.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Jaguars may well tinker with the bottom of their roster weekly.
They made three moves Monday after breaking to the win column Sunday in Houston.
Jacksonville signed second year-defensive lineman Bryan Smith off the St. Louis Rams practice squad and waived cornerback Kennard Cox and defensive end Jeremy Navarre.
The roster is at 52, so there is one more move to come.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
Dunta Robinson’s shoe story was so minimal, as he said, that a columnist from the Chronicle is still writing about it in Wednesday’s edition. Jerome Solomon may be right when he says the team lacks winning leadership.
The Titans could present a bigger defensive challenge than the Jets did, writes Dale Robertson.
Dating to 1990, only 13.8 percent of the teams that began 0-2 made the playoffs, says John McClain.
Gary Kubiak said Brian Cushing qualified as a bright spot, writes McClain.
A replay of McClain’s chat.
Local guy Jason Pociask is now a practice-squad tight end working with Peyton Manning, says Phillip B. Wilson.
Comparing Manning and Tom Brady in games when their defense gave up at least 25 points, from Deshawn Zombie.
Practice-squad cornerback Kennard Cox got the promotion when the Jaguars put Reggie Hayward on IR, says Vito Stellino.
Jack Del Rio put a bit of heat on David Garrard, says Gene Frenette.
A Q&A with Eben Britton.
Don’t expect much of a moving pocket for Garrard, says Vic Ketchman of jaguars.com.
Maurice Jones-Drew is tied in with a new sponsor, says Kevin Turner.
Tennessee needs to sidestep an 0-2 hole, writes Jim Wyatt.
David Climer examines a Titans' decision not to blitz.
Five things Wyatt knows about the Titans, in the form of a slideshow.
The Titans have to turn periodic flashes on offense into long-term sparks, says Terry McCormick.
NFL overtime is the right system -- so long as you win the coin toss, says David Climer.
Musiccitymiracles.com rounds up the Titans' status in various power rankings.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was billed as a scrimmage. A somewhat clumsy scoring system was in place, but it wasn't well translated by the scorekeeper who was controlling the JumbroTron.
It's hard to declare a winner in a glorified practice anyway, which is what unfolded at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in front of 14,112 fans who took advantage of a free night.
Some highlights, lowlights and developments from the AFC South Blog's final training camp night with the Jags:
- Line judge Tom Symonette talked with offensive tackle Jordan Black after one series about how he was coming close to drawing a holding call near the end of an early period, saying he could tell Black was doing it more as he got tired.
- At the end of a 2:00 drill period, on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, David Garrard pitched to Maurice Jones-Drew who probably would have been taken down by a defender if things were live. MJD threw a wobbler to the right side of the end zone, and Mike Walker made a great play to go up and take it away from Reggie Nelson.
- Rookie receiver Jarett Dillard went up to pull in a 25-tard gain to convert a third-and-11 from Garrard. It's the sort of catch Dillard's failed to make on a consistent basis in the last several days.
- Defensive back Brian Williams put a shoulder down and crushed Todd Peterson after a mid-range reception. It was called incomplete, but the replay on the stadium scoreboard suggested he'd gathered the ball and taken a step. I asked Symonette about it and he said we'd "have to take it to replay." It was the sort of hit a lot of coaches wouldn't have been happy with in this setting, but that the Jaguars seem not to mind while working to instill their physical mentality.
- Garrard looked for Troy Williamson in the back middle of the end zone from maybe 20 yards out and was picked by rookie corner Derek Cox. Garrard said he'd like to have the throw back, but it was a situation where if the team had game planned it probably would have looked to a different route.
- Kicker Josh Scobee was impressive again, nailing all five field goal attempts from 35 to 52 yards all with quite a bit of room to spare. I was wondering if he's at a point where he should start dialing it down a little, a 27-year old maybe saving a little to help his chances as a 37-year old. Or is it good that he makes plenty of long kicks with eight or 10 yards to spare? There was a practice pause right after the field goal period, and since Jack Del Rio walked by right as I was thinking it, I asked him. He kind of shook his head and laughed, but then told me about how things have really clicked in mentally for Scobee.
- Walker was hurt somewhere along the way, but Del Rio said afterward that a lower leg X-ray was negative and the team was optimistic it wouldn't be a big cause for concern.
- Backup quarterback Todd Bouman threw a nice TD to tight end Greg Estandia over Gerald Alexander in the back left corner of the end zone. Not long later, Bauman was picked off by Scott Starks, who wrestled a pass away from Tiquan Underwood.
- Tyron Brackenridge pulled in a pick of third string quarterback Paul Smith, who's not looked good while I've been here. The throw was a bit behind Clarence Denmark and defensive back Kennard Cox jostled him as it was arriving. It would have gone for a pick-six if officials didn't whistle a stop to the return.
- In the final period, the offense got the ball at its own 35-yard line with 58 seconds on the clock. They got across the 50 in two plays, but the drive died as Garrard threw a terrible ball that Kennard Cox picked easily in front of Williamson. Wasn't much of a finish to the night.
- Two-minute drill receiving totals provided by the team: Underwood 2-26, 1 TD, Dillard 1-25, Alvin Pearman 1-1, Estandia 1-11, Rashard Jennings 1-15, Zach Miller 2-28.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Oklahoma drill is a great thing for the Jaguars.
It creates buzz and anticipation. It's become a tradition. It's something people won't likely see in any similar setting. There are full-speed collisions, popping pads, hoots from the players and fans alike.
That's why practice Wednesday night drew nearly 2,500 people.
But I must admit, for the hype that's built up from a couple of years of hearing about it, it was a bit underwhelming. It wasn't like the scene I was told about when Marcellus Wiley tossed a handful of candy at Mike Williams, then got clobbered by the giant offensive tackle after the stunt.
There were as many draws as wins and it's hard to know for sure what you saw in a very fast couple of seconds, so I'll send you elsewhere to more expert eyes for any sort of scorecard.
Julius Williams toppled Tony Pashos in one crowd-pleaser and linebacker Tim Shaw twice created major thumps against Zach Miller, but I felt like Miller did well enough to allow the running back to get somewhere.
It's very cool that Jack Del Rio does it -- fans, players, staff and media all enjoy it.
But there was plenty more to see as well, so here are some things that struck me:
- In a nine-on-seven run period, Vince Manuwai and Maurice Williams were rotating at left guard while Uche Nwaneri manned right guard.
- In a blitz pickup drill, Greg Jones did just that -- he picked up Johnny Williams off ground, then tossed him aside. Williams then tied his shoe.
- Mike Walker looks great and seemed to be the target of the first pass of every team period. Looks solid, shifty, and consistent. The first pass he caught was a touchdown from 21-yards out on which David Garrard got good protection.
- Derek Landri knocked a ball out of Todd Bauman's hand, something that shouldn't be able to happen in a practice.
- Garrard hit Torry Holt at the right sideline near the pylon and he got in, beating Rashean Mathis. Later, during a special-teams period, I watched Holt play catch with a coach, watching the ball in to his hands from about eight yards away at a variety of angles with a wide array of loft or lack thereof.
- In seven-on-sevens, when a quarterback should be close to perfect working against no pass rush, Garrard had one 1-for-3 stretch -- lucky that Mathis didn't pick a pass for Jarett Dillard and throwing a ball away when he could find nothing. A throw away is generally a good thing, but not something that should happen often in that context. Maybe somebody botched a route?
- Garrard saw Nate Hughes pull away from Kennard Cox and Mesphin Forrester, and delivered a bomb for a 60-yard touchdown. When I visited organized team activities, I didn't think Garrard was throwing well deep to the sidelines. This made for twice on the day he had a guy break open and put the ball where he had to, well down the field.