AFC South: Sunny Harris

Three things: Texans at Saints

August, 25, 2012
Three things to look for tonight as the Texans go against the Saints in their third preseason game of the summer tonight (8 ET) in New Orleans.

The three young receivers: Heading into the biggest preseason game, it seems Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean and DeVier Posey rank in that order, but there is still a chance for some jockeying for roles and snaps. When they are on the field, any success they can have with quarterback Matt Schaub will help their cause. A good outing for Martin would likely solidify his standing, but Jean may be more explosive. Gary Kubiak can find roles for both at the start of the year if he feels they are worthy.

Rotating tackles: When Duane Brown became the Texans left tackle, the Texans eased him in his first few games by rotating him with veteran Ephraim Salaam. They are now at least considering doing the same with the two guys competing for the right tackle job now, veteran Rashad Butler and youngster Derek Newton. I wonder about the chemistry and rhythm such a platoon can get in the way of. But if one of them doesn’t distinguish himself, then they could both be in line for time in the season opener Sept. 9 against Miami.

Nose tackle: Shaun Cody (back) and Sunny Harris (done for the year with a torn triceps) won’t play, so Earl Mitchell and undrafted rookie Hebron Fangupo are the lone nose tackles available for the Texans. Ends Jared Crick and Tim Jamison are also rated by coaches as being able to play the nose in the Texans’ defense as well. The position isn’t generally part of the nickel package and barring an injury, it should be a problem. Also out on defense, inside linebacker Brian Cushing (ribs) isn’t with the team.
Reading the coverage ...

Houston Texans

Defensive tackle is thin, thin, thin after a season-ending injury to Sunny Harris, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. Defensive ends Jared Crick and Tim Jamison will likely see action inside this week.

The Texans are being patient with DeVier Posey who came into the league with different circumstances than most players, says Ganguli.

Andre Johnson is being sued for child support, says Dale Robertson and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Ex-Oiler Curley Culp is a senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Through two preseason games, special teams have been an asset, not a liability, and that’s highly unusual for the Colts, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

At No. 1 in the waiver order, the Colts will have first dibs on over 1,000 players who are about to come free, says Mike Chappell.

The preseason Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III T-shirt is selling, says Phillip B. Wilson. (Sadly, this is happening despite my plea for people to not buy it.)

The hype is inevitable but it’s not going to distract Luck or RG3, says Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Who’s winning the PR battle in the fight between Shad Khan and Maurice Jones-Drew?

Gene Frenette of the T-U wonders which side will extend the olive branch. I firmly believe it's not going to come from the team.

Khan continues to enhance the player experience for the Jaguars, says Vito Stellino.

The Jaguars will look to score on their opening drive for the third time in three games tonight in Baltimore, says Stellino.

Three plays illustrate why Blaine Gabbert has gotten better, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans hope that winning the starting quarterback job helps Jake Locker settle down, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Previewing the Titans versus the Cardinals with John Glennon of The Tennessean.

The Titans released defensive tackle Shaun Smith, says Wyatt.

Taylor Thompson is learning contact is a two-way street, says Glennon.