AFC South: Nate Davis

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Houston Texans

The Texans see a lot of Shannon Sharpe in Owen Daniels, says Jeffrey Martin.

Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell are vying for time at nose tackle, says John McClain,

Matt Leinart continues to look sharp, says McClain.

Gary Kubiak is concerned about the injured Brian Cushing, says Martin.

It’s hard not to root for Chris Ogbonnaya, says Richard Justice.

Where does Ben Tate fit into the Texans’ crowded backfield wonders Justice.

Jason Allen can overtake Kareem Jackson, says Battle Red Blog.

Indianapolis Colts

The first depth chart says the offensive line is still developing, says Mike Chappell.

Beyond the starters, there are a lot of questions in the defensive backfield, says Chappell.

There was not a lot of new information in Jim Caldwell’s Peyton Manning update.

Indy added tight end Michael Matthews.

Mike Pollak has much to prove, says Brett Mock.

Nate Davis talked with Colts.com about his progress.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert’s the starter in Thursday night’s preseason opener, says Vito Stellino.

Aaron Kampman and Maurice Jones-Drew are among key players not going to New England, says Tania Ganguli.

Jack Del Rio talked to Bill Belichick about joint practices but the lockout kept it from happening, says Ganguli. The Falcons will visit Jacksonville next week.

Todd Bouman is back, says Ganguli.

Del Rio’s had to catch himself and be patient in a camp that didn’t follow a typical offseason, says John Oehser.

Is Jason Hill a roster lock? Alfie Crow wonders.

Tennessee Titans

Stafon Johnson’s completed a second comeback, writes John Glennon.

Cortland Finnegan worked inside in the nickel package, says Wyatt.

Matt Hasselbeck looks for three specific things a day to work on, says David Boclair.

Rusty Smith is staying patient, says Wyatt.

Anthony Smith is ready to compete. He was really bad in Jacksonville a couple years ago.
Not long after he went public with his desire to get a reasonable deal done quickly, Peyton Manning got what he asked for.

According to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s tweet, Manning’s five-year deal is worth $90 million, with $69 million coming in the first three years.

Irsay said it cut the $23 million franchise tag number to a $16 million cap hit. That $7 million savings gives the Colts significant relief.

Manning said he didn’t need to be the highest paid player in the league, and the $18 million per year average matches Tom Brady.

Now the Colts will make decisions on how much to offer running back Joseph Addai and offensive lineman Charlie Johnson, the most significant remaining free agents.

The team had previously indicated it would be more interested in adding an outside free agent or two than usual if it’s possible. But that would run counter to the Colts' long-standing philosophy.

The team is thinnest at defensive tackle and linebacker, after the departure of Clint Session to Jacksonville.

Manning won’t be practicing Monday when the team kicks off camp. John McClain said the Colts are signing Dan Orlovsky, recently released by Houston, to fill out the quarterback spot with Curtis Painter and Nate Davis.

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The Colts, Jaguars and Texans were in the top 10 in wide receiver screens last season while the Titans only tried them three times, says Mike Tanier.

Houston Texans

A different look from the Saints is a help to the Texans, says John McClain.

Coming off his best year, Jacoby Jones is enjoying a trip home, says Jordan Godwin.

Kareem Jackson’s got no choice but to grow up fast, says McClain.

McClain asks if the Texans can be this year’s Saints.

Indianapolis Colts

“I'm not dumb, not to know that's an issue we have,” Joseph Addai tells Mike Chappell. “We want to run it better when we run it."

Five storylines from John Oehser heading into the Colts-Bills game.

Reggie Wayne is Mr. Consistent, says John Oehser.

Would the Colts be better off with Nate Davis than Curtis Painter, asks Doug Zaleski.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Five lingering Jaguars questions from Vito Stellino.

Anthony Smith has been a hit, says Tania Ganguli.

Jason Cole’s thoughts from some time with the Jaguars.

What to look for in Dolphins-Jaguars from Mark Johnson.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are a second home for Kevin Matthews, says Bryan Mullen.

Damian Williams is ready for some game action, says Jim Wyatt.

An emotional practice led to LeGarrette Blount’s punch, says John Glennon.

Alterraun Verner knows the compliments are flying but has to keep working to keep them coming, says David Boclair.

Chris Johnson’s trying out some new pads that are built into his undershorts, says Terry McCormick.

Breaking down the Titans’ corners with Tom Gower.

Thoughts on 49ers 37, Colts 17

August, 15, 2010
8/15/10
4:17
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Some bullet-point thoughts on the Colts’ 37-17 preseason loss to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon.

Impressive:
  • The starters on offense put together a smooth and efficient 89-yard touchdown drive on their first chance. Peyton Manning hit on 8 of 10 passes for 91 yards, and got to where people want him in these games -- to the sideline with a ball cap on.
  • The front-line defense, minus some key guys who were held out, made plays. Philip Wheeler forced a fumble right out of the gate. Robert Mathis pushed rookie tackle Anthony Davis around. Jerraud Powers pounced on a tipped ball for an interception, and scared Ted Ginn into a drop.
  • Rookie linebackers Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner were both very productive. Angerer had a couple sacks, and Conner was in on a lot of tackles. Barring injuries, there should not be room for them on defense. But they should be impact special teams guys.

Unimpressive:
  • Curtis Painter was incredibly ineffective. Even with protection issues, his performance makes it impossible to say he’s improved on his rookie work. He was 9-for-19 for 64 yards with three interceptions. Yeesh. San Francisco third-stringer Nate Davis was more calm and collected than Painter and the Colts’ third quarterback, Tom Brandstater.
  • Everyone was looking for a chance to assess new returners, but we’ll have to wait at least until Game 2. Kickoff returns by Brandon James and Sam Giguere looked like the same old deal, and James only had a chance to field one punt.
  • Run defense in the second half against San Francisco’s bulky rookie Anthony Dixon was insufficient. He will head back to the Bay Area feeling very good about himself after 21 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Unfortunate:
  • Reserve safety and special teamer Jamie Silva went down with what looks to be a serious knee injury.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

From the owners' meeting in Dana Point, Calif., Jim Caldwell visited with Bob Kravitz and Eddie White, hosts of the AFC South Blog's favorite radio show in Indianapolis.

You'll find a link to the segment on this page at sportsradiointerviews.com.

Caldwell says the Colts remain interested in bringing back veteran running back Dominic Rhodes, chimes in on debated rule changes and says it doesn't mean so much that the Colts were alone at the pro day of Ball State quarterback Nate Davis.

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