AFC South: Pete Ittersagen

Roster and practice-squad news so far Sunday:

Houston Texans

Were awarded linebakcer David Nixon from the Oakland Raiders and cornerback Jamar Wall from the Dallas Cowboys of waivers. Released linebacker Danny Clark.

Indianapolis Colts

Signed quarterback Tom Brandstater, defensive end John Chick, receiver Brandon James, defensive back Mike Newton and receiver Blair White to the practice squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Were awarded defensive tackle Landon Cohen off waivers from the Detroit Lions. Released offensive lineman Paul McQuistan.

Signed offensive tackle Daniel Baldridge, tight end Mike Caussin, receiver John Matthews, and defensive tackle Kommonyan Quaye to the practice squad.

Tennessee Titans

Were awarded linebacker Tim Shaw from the Chicago Bears and linebacker Patrick Bailey from the Pittsburgh Steelers off waivers. Released linebackers Stanford Keglar and running back LeGarrette Blount.

Signed defensive lineman Hall Davis, receiver Dominique Edison, cornerback Pete Ittersagen, center Kevin Matthews, safety Myron Rolle and linebacker Patrick Trahan to the practice squad.
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Houston Texans

Bernard Pollard’s intensity is just what the Texans need, says Richard Justice.

Andre Davis is fighting for his job, writes John McClain.

It’s a friendly battle between Kris Brown and Neil Rackers, says Jordan Godwin.

Steve Slaton has started strong and is also returning kicks.

Indianapolis Colts

Bob Sanders moved around well at the Colts’ opening practice, says Mike Chappell.

The Colts are boosting morale and the economy in Anderson, Ind., says Tania E. Lopez.

Jerry Hughes signed and got on the field, writes Mike Chappell.

It’s about team goals first for Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis, says Bob Kravitz.

Phillip B. Wilson’s notes and observations.

Indianapolis has lockout contingency plans for the Super Bowl.

Reviewing Jim Irsay’s talk with the press, from Brandon Scott.

The Colts shouldn’t confuse better defensive line play with good defensive line play, says Nate Dunlevy.

The Colts let Tom Santi go, says Stampede Blue.

Practice notes from Eric Hartz.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino heard a soft voice and a chilling message from Roger Goodell.

David Garrard sat out and D’Anthony Smith hurt an ankle, says Tania Ganguli.

Goodell touched on labor issues, says Ganguli.

Vic Ketchman wants sacks, not intangibles.

Tyson Alualu should join the team Tuesday, says Rich Jones.

Derrick Harvey is great so far, says Terry O’Brien.

Tennessee Titans

Vince Young fixes mistakes faster now, says Jim Wyatt.

The Titans stopped saying it and started doing it, rotating the second corner. Monday was Alterraun Verner’s turn, says Wyatt.

No. 53 is back in the rotation as the Titans gave Rennie Curran Keith Bulluck’s old number, say Wyatt and John Glennon.

Curran hopes to live up to the 53 legacy, says David Boclair.

Thin at corner because of injuries, the Titans added Pete Ittersagen, says Glennon.

Mike Munchak is looking for reliable backups.
Houston Texans

The Texans are going leaner on the defensive line, says Jordan Godwin.

Steve Slaton’s working to return from surgery and fumble problems, says Jeffrey Martin.

Andre Johnson going public with his contract issue isn’t a good sign to Richard Justice.

Jerome Solomon looks at PED reactions in baseball and football.

Gary Kubiak isn’t the only member of the Texans hoping surgery corrects sleep apnea. Nick Scurfield says Mario Williams and Antoine Caldwell have had surgery too.

Stephanie Stradley looks at the Texans' pass rush with K.C. Joyner.

Missed this earlier: Brian Cushing posted a video thanking supportive fans.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts signed three guys: Receiver Jordan Sisco, cornerback Pete Ittersagen and defensive tackle Marlon Favorite. Gotta like Marlon’s last name.

John Oehser looks at the Colts’ special teams.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Scott Starks is looking to help solidify cornerback depth, writes Vito Stellino.

If the stadium is full of Tim Tebow Broncos jerseys on opening day, the national media will crush the Jaguars, says Vic Ketchman.

Why Rashean Mathis wants his money now, from Collin Streetman.

A look at undrafted corner Josh Gordy, from Adam Stites.

Examining the weaknesses of the defense with Zoltan Paksa.

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Morgan missed the Titans' organized team activities session Tuesday, but he’s impressing the Titans with his work ethic, says John Glennon.

Ruston Webster is on the job, writes Jim Wyatt.

Checking in on Keith Bulluck and David Thornton with Wyatt.

A slide show of Tuesday’s OTA from George Walker.

Jags' cuts

September, 5, 2009

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars cuts, just announced by the team:

Tight end Richard Angulo

Safety Marlon McCree

Running back Alvin Pearman

Offensive lineman Tony Pashos

Linebacker Tim Shaw

Running back Chauncey Washington

Punter Steve Weatherford

Defensive back Brian Williams

Linebacker Thomas Williams

Long snapper Joe Zelenka

Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood

Quarterback Todd Boeckman

Fullback Brock Bolen

Safety Michael Desormeaux

Cornerback Pete Ittersagen

Defensive end Jeremy Navarre

Center Cecil Newton

Wide receiver Todd Peterson

Guard Cameron Stephenson

Running back Josh Vaughan

Linebacker Johnny Williams

The team also placed defensive tackle Rob Meier (shoulder) on injured reserve.

A look at some long shots

August, 25, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

A quick trip around the division to consider some long shots who've looked good. Rosters get cut from 80 to 75 on Sept. 1, then to 53 on Sept. 5.


Free safety John Busing is a big hitter and a solid special teamer. Does he have enough upside at a questionable position for the Texans to keep him over a veteran like Nick Ferguson or Brandon Harrison, a fifth-rounder from 2007?

I also heard good things about defensive end Tim Jamison, who's got some likeable rush skills.

Two receivers have created a little bit of a buzz. And it wouldn't be a big surprise if Glenn Martinez or Darnell Jenkins make the team, especially if the Texans find another punt returner and decide they're done with Jacoby Jones.


Cornerback Jacob Lacey has gotten his hands on a lot of balls and could prompt the Colts to keep him at the back end of their cornerback group. Might he stick ahead of Dante Hughes or prompt them to go heavy at the spot?

Linebacker Ramon Humbler has shown promise and can be a good special teamer.

The last receiver could be one of two relative unknowns. Both Brett McDermott and John Matthews are quiet and go unnoticed until the ball comes their way, then they catch it. Both are more quick than fast and they are roughly the same size at about 6-0, 200.

Chad Simpson and Lance Ball are likely going head to head for the final running back slot, but neither qualifies as a long shot.


Word is that receiver Nate Hughes has moved beyond long shot and is early assured of a spot. He could rank as high as fourth now, and could make the team at the expense of one of the three draft picks. Or maybe that means Mike Thomas (groin) to IR?

Linebacker Russell Allen was the team's primary target among undrafteds and looks to have a great shot of making the roster.

Longer shots? Michael Desormeaux could oust Marlon McCree as a reserve safety or Pete Ittersagen could overtake Scott Starks as a reserve corner.


A deep roster with a draft class of 11 doesn't leave room for many street free agents or undrafted to emerge. So a late-round draft picks making it could qualify as a bit of an upset.

Cornerback Jason McCourty's been far better than Cary Williams and Dominique Edison looks to rank fourth at wide receiver right now.

With Leroy Harris heading back to a backup role as Kevin Mawae comes off PUP, Fernando Velasco's chance is probably gone.
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Pete Ittersagen, undrafted cornerback from Division III Wheaton, meet Mark Clay, head groundskeeper for Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the Jaguars practice fields and the Class AA Jacksonville Suns.

Mark meet Pete. He's a fan of your work, which I think is pretty cool.

These highlights from Ittersagen's conversation with Jacksonville media Friday detail his other line of work as a landscaper, and show us how when he steps on the field, his admiration for it extends beyond that of most players.

Does he still check in on his business?

Pete Ittersagen: Not really. I'm good friends with the two kids I gave it to. I gave [the business] to them. I have the right to it when I'm done playing ball or if they decide to stop doing it, then I'd possess it again, which is nice. They're all good buddies, so I want them to make good money in the summer and be able to pay for school.

How much can you make doing that?

PI: You can make a decent amount if you get a good client base. A typical lawn in the Chicago suburbs is about $25 to $35 so [it's good] if you can pound out about 40 in a week.

How it important was it to learn about self-reliance?

PI: When I was young, my dad said, "Son, you want a bike, you've got to earn money and buy a bike. If you want a basketball hoop, you've got to earn money to pay for a hoop." So I'm like, "Well all right, I need to use your lawnmower." So I started knocking door-to-door just after I started learning how to cut lawns, which was about when I was 10. From there, I got three jobs and I was cutting about five lawns a week. Then when I turned 16, I saw the potential in it.

Could he actually be making more right now cutting lawns?

PI: No sir. This is where I belong. I love this. Everybody always talks to me about my business, but I wake up 5, 6 a.m. and I come here and I absolutely love it. I love every part of the game. I love the workouts, the sweat, the film study, listening to coach talk and the weight room. That's where my passion lies. So even if the money was greater in lawn mowing, I wouldn't pursue it.

What's he think of the quality of the grass of the practice fields?

PI: It's unbelievable. It's a lot better than a Division III practice field. It almost makes me want to bring out my pitching wedge and hit off that. That grass is unreal. I don't even know the groundskeepers by name but every time I see them, I tell them I appreciate their work.