AFC South: Richard Murphy

RTC: On Texans' unsung heroes

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Houston Texans

Stars have shined to get the Texans to 10-1, but there has also been a roster of unsung heroes like Donnie Jones, Justin Forsett and James Casey, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.

John McClain of the Chronicle runs through five keys for the Texans against the Titans, with an emphasis on defensive depth and defensive performance.

Brian Cushing is unsure about the idea of eliminating blocks below the waist, says Ganguli. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on such a block, but he knows the Texans' offense is keyed on cut blocking.

Indianapolis Colts

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star sees Calvin Johnson against Reggie Wayne as Megatron versus Metronome.

The next test of depth comes at defensive tackle and safety where Fili Moala and Tom Zbikowski are out, says Chappell.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Harris is an improving rookie cornerback who’s getting a lot of opportunity, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “He’s been confident the whole time and knows the system inside and out,” safety Dawan Landry said.

Gene Frenette of the Times-Union marvels at how Mike Mularkey has kept the Jaguars positive during a bad season.

The Jaguars promoted running back Richard Murphy from the practice squad and waived fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou, says O’Halloran.

Tennessee Titans

Like a number of Titans, Chris Johnson is optimistic about what Dowel Loggains will be able to do as offensive coordinator, says Jim Wyatt. Also, Tim Shaw will fill in for the injured Colin McCarthy at middle linebacker.

Fullback Collin Mooney was promoted from the practice squad, says Wyatt.
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The Texans think tiny Trindon Holliday, who scored on a 90-yard kickoff return in the preseason opener, can be a premiere return man, writes Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.

Brian Cushing was back to practice, and J.J. Watt is 100 percent sure he’ll be ready for the opener, says Ganguli.

Offensive players on coverage units need to tackle better, special teams coach Joe Marciano told Ganguli.

Defensive tackle Shaun Cody is unlikely to play in the next preseason game, says Nick Scurfield of the team’s website.

Indianapolis Colts

Veteran NFL official Mark Baltz shared thoughts on the work of replacement officials with Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Pat Angerer, Mike McGlynn, Mewelde Moore, Delone Carter and Scott Lutrus came out of the preseason opener hurt, says Wilson.

Spotlighting Moore, LaVon Brazill, Jerry Hughes and Cassius Vaughn with Brad Wells of Stampede Blue.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie receiver Justin Blackmon showed off his strength in his first padded practice, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Undrafted players Mike Brewster and Drew Nowak will be getting a lot of snaps on the offensive line since there are so many injuries in front of them, says Stellino.

Richard Murphy got his car stripped and emptied, says Clifford Davis of the T-U.

Blaine Gabbert was critical of his fumble against the Giants, says John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

With the Rams backing out, expect the Jaguars to be in the mix to play in London, says Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker will get the start at quarterback in preseason game No. 2 for the Titans Friday night at Tampa Bay, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Running back Darius Reynaud put himself back on the NFL’s radar with his performance in the Titans’ preseason opener, says Wyatt.

Third-string QB Rusty Smith is another set of eyes and ears for quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, says Matt Gray of The Tennessean.

Mike Munchak’s not even thinking about receiver Kenny Britt playing in the preseason finale at this point, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

A practice slideshow from The Tennessean’s George Walker.

A closer look at Matt Hasselbeck’s second interception in Seattle, from Music City Miracles.

Jacksonville Jaguars cutdown analysis

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Click here for a complete list of the Jaguars' roster moves.

Surprise moves: Three undrafted rookies stuck -- offensive lineman Cameron Bradfield, receiver Jamar Newsome and cornerback Kevin Rutland. The Jaguars already have a deep IR, with running backs Rashad Jennings and Richard Murphy, defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith (for the second year in a row), corner David Jones and end Aaron Morgan.

No-brainers: Getting another defensive back in a trade with the Jets for Dwight Lowery was a good move. With Rashean Mathis, Derek Cox, Drew Coleman and Lowery the team is deeper at corner than it was last year. But Lowery has some safety experience. Could the Jaguars want him there? The Don Carey experiment in the defensive backfield depth mix needed to end.

What’s next: This has to be the only team in the league with more fullbacks (three) than running backs (two). No matter how much Jack Del Rio talks of giving the fullbacks carries, a run-based team needs another running back. It should upgrade offensive line depth, too.

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