AFC South: Todd Bouman

Scouts Inc. finishes out its position-by-position lists with quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends, kickers and punters.

Again, we’ll find some huge fodder for debate.

The AFC South representation:

2) Peyton Manning

13) Matt Schaub

20) David Garrard

31) Matt Hasselbeck

40) Kerry Collins

42) Matt Leinart

52) Dan Orlovsky

75) Todd Bouman

79) Rusty Smith

82) Luke McCown

I think: I understand not being high on Hasselbeck, but to rank him behind Matt Moore, Tim Tebow, Jon Kitna, Shaun Hill and Alex Smith is ridiculous. And how can Todd Bouman outrank Luke McCown?

Wide receivers
1) Andre Johnson

2) Reggie Wayne

21) Austin Collie

33) Kenny Britt

36) Mike Thomas

38) Pierre Garcon

55) Kevin Walter

63) Anthony Gonzalez

76) Nate Washington

86) Jacoby Jones

103) Jason Hill

111) Justin Gage

I think: Collie is that good, Thomas is probably undervalued and this is yet another source of wondering about Gage.

Tight ends
3) Dallas Clark

6) Owen Daniels

9) Marcedes Lewis

28) Jared Cook

39) Jacob Tamme

42) Daniel Graham

51) Craig Stevens

58) Joel Dreessen

59) Zach Miller

68) Zach Potter

76 ) James Casey (now a fullback)

I think: Cook, Miller and Casey will all be risers this season.

2) Rob Bironas

11) Neil Rackers

22) Adam Vinatieri

26) Josh Scobee

I think: Vinatieri’s probably low based on his reliability.

13) Brad Maynard

16) Brett Kern

30) Pat McAfee

31) Matt Turk

I think: Maynard is way high considering he could lose out to undrafted rookie Brett Hartmann. McAfee is far too low.
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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 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.

Unofficial free agency list

July, 25, 2011
Here’s ESPN’s unofficial list of free agents. You can also navigate to other divisions.

We’ll get an official list later today.

A couple of notes on these:

Edwards likely to lead Jags in Houston

December, 29, 2010
If the Jacksonville Jaguars find their way into the playoffs, they’ll have to do it without David Garrard.

Tania Ganguli reports the Jaguars quarterback will have finger surgery on Thursday on the middle finger of his right hand. The specifics of the injury are not yet known, but coach Jack Del Rio will talk to the media this afternoon and we should learn more than.

The Jaguars are likely to start Trent Edwards in Houston on Sunday. Todd Bouman is also on the roster.

Edwards played for Garrard after he suffered a concussion Oct. 18 against Tennessee. He connected on 14 of 24 attempts for 140 yards and two interceptions and injured his thumb.

A week later in Kansas City, as Garrard recovered from the concussion and Edwards rested the finger, Jacksonville turned to Bouman. He was 18-for-34 with two touchdowns and two picks in a 42-20 loss.

Garrard returned the next week and Jaguars won five of their next six.

RTC: Cowher feeler is out of bounds

December, 22, 2010
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Houston Texans

Dale Robertson looks at the Texans’ habitual bad starts.

If the Texans have heart, they’d be wise to show it now, says John McClain.

Bill Cowher spreading or allowing word to be spread that he is interested in certain jobs is out of bounds, says Jerome Solomon.

People should be taking a look at Rick Smith’s résumé too, says Richard Justice.

Indianapolis Colts

A trip to Oakland makes for a home game for a couple of Colts, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Should Austin Collie play or step away, asks Bob Kravitz. (Video.)

The transcript of Bill Polian’s weekly radio show.

In a lot of ways, the Raiders may be a tougher matchup than the Jaguars, says John Oehser.

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have had similar success against top defenses, says Nate Dunlevy.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jordan Black won’t forget Sunday’s loss in Indianapolis, says Tania Ganguli.

Todd Bouman’s been the de facto third quarterback even while not on the roster, says Ganguli.

Vic Ketchman thinks the Raiders will beat the Colts.

Don Carey is not good, says Alfie Crow.

Tennessee Titans

It’s uncertain if Bo Scaife will be back in uniform Sunday in Kansas City, says John Glennon.

Only one visitor has scored more than 14 points at Kansas City, says Glennon.

The Titans added two to their practice squad, says Glennon.

Tennessee is too hot and cold, says David Boclair.
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Some '70s era Oilers are feeling the aftereffects of their concussions, says Dale Robertson.

Houston Texans

The rested Texans are in an AFC South dogfight, says John McClain.

The loved ones of players who suffered traumatic brain injuries go through life knowing the damage might have been prevented, says David Barron.

Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning doesn’t want to talk about a new contract until after the season is over, says Mike Chappell.

Next up for the Colts is a tough rematch with Houston in a week on "Monday Night Football," says Chappell.

The Colts will miss Dallas Clark’s versatility, says Phil Richards.

Anthony Gonzalez recently tweaked his ankle injury, says Adam Schefter.

Late but worth it: Some inside info from a Bill Polian talk in Fort Wayne, from Reggie Hayes. (Hat tip to Nate Dunlevy, who hat-tipped Coltzilla.)

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars might not be able to put things back together, says Vito Stellino.

Jack Del Rio rated the defensive performance embarrassing, says Tania Ganguli.

Coaches and teammates had praise for Todd Bouman, says Ganguli.

It looks like Eben Britton is lost for the season with a shoulder injury, says Tania Ganguli.

Bouman deserved a better support system, says Gene Frenette.

Mike Thomas fumbled a punt in the first quarter for the second time in three weeks, says Stellino.

Ganguli and Frenette review the game in this video.

The Jaguars thought they had a run defense, but Kansas City changed their thinking, says Vic Ketchman.

Tennessee Titans

Kenny Britt’s touchdown blitz delivered a win for the Titans, says Jim Wyatt.

The Titans are making noise in the AFC, says David Climer.

Tennessee’s defense finally figured out third down in the fourth quarter, says John Glennon.

Chris Johnson didn’t have an issue with the hit from Ernie Sims, says Climer.

The Smallest Titan, Alterraun Verner, made the biggest defensive play, says Glennon.

Kerry Collins showed his value, says Joe Biddle.

Since they weren’t running well, Mike Heimerdinger decided the Titans should sling it.

Jason Jones made the play of the game, says Bob McClellan.

How soon will Vince Young return, asks Terry McCormick.

Is Tony Brown’s knee becoming a concern, asks McCormick.

Wrap-up: Chiefs 42, Jaguars 20

October, 24, 2010
Wrapping up Jacksonville's 42-20 loss against Kansas City.

What it means: They hung tough for a while, but the Jaguars ultimately dropped to 3-4 and remain at the bottom of the AFC South, behind the Titans (5-2), Texans (4-2) and Colts (4-2).

What I didn’t like: Operating in a tough situation, Todd Bouman actually gave the Jaguars a chance, but his interception to Derrick Johnson for a touchdown was a back-breaker. The defense might have been more disappointing, allowing 236 rushing yards, two Dwayne Bowe touchdown catches and four touchdowns in four Kansas City red-zone chances.

What I didn’t like, Part II: Matt Cassel was hardly stellar, but the Jaguars allowed him to put together the sort of limited-mistake effort the Chiefs needed to win. He was sacked only once, threw two touchdowns and no interceptions while posting a 144.0 passer rating.

What’s next: The Jaguars travel to Dallas for their second game of the season against an NFC East opponent.

Final Word: AFC South

October, 22, 2010
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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 7:

Gigantic obstacle: For the Philadelphia Eagles, the 6-foot-9, 330-pound King Dunlap will play left tackle for the injured Jason Peters. Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Dave Ball would seem primed for a classic speed vs. size matchup here. But Jeff Fisher said the Eagles chip more than anyone in the league, even with receivers. So Ball can expect regularly to be knocked off course by a tight end, back or even a wideout before he gets a chance to get around Dunlap. And Kevin Kolb gets rid of the ball on time in a quick-passing offense.

[+] EnlargeAlterraun Verner
Tim Heitman/US PresswireAlterraun Verner and the Titans are 4-0 when they have a turnover advantage.
Evaluate effort: The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t exactly go down swinging in Week 6 in the "Monday Night Football" home loss to the Titans. Once the Titans built a lead, it seemed clear Jacksonville didn’t think it could catch up. Against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, the proper response now is to come out guns blazing. The Jaguars need to play with tremendous effort to show the team knows it’s 3-3 and has not given up on itself or coach Jack Del Rio. Rally around a substitute quarterback, facilitate a big game for tailback Maurice Jones-Drew, make sure Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is uncomfortable. It’s a test of leadership, at least to a degree.

Turnover edge: The Titans are 4-0 in games where they’ve had a turnover advantage and 0-2 in games where the other team’s had it. The Titans have seven takeaways in their last two games. But the Eagles have only turned the ball over five times this year, and have had the turnover edge in five of their six games.

Get the star going: Jones-Drew has a solid history against the Chiefs. He’s scored a touchdown in three consecutive games against Kansas City. The Jaguars need to make sure the Chiefs do not get any sort of substantial lead, so they can rely on Jones-Drew's running. That's the preferred option with backup QBs Trent Edwards or Todd Bouman starting for the injured David Garrard. MJD averages 5.0 yards a carry as a starter on the road.

Dreading it: Colts fans won’t necessarily be enjoying their team's weekend off, knowing how injury-depleted the team will be when it resumes play Nov. 1 against the Houston Texans, who also have a bye. They learned this week that Dallas Clark is finished for the season, Austin Collie will miss at least a couple of games and Antonio Johnson had knee surgery. Moving forward, they can look forward to an update on Joseph Addai, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury that can cost him time, too.

Jags have won minus Garrard before

October, 21, 2010
Sure, the quarterback situation is in flux and the Jaguars are trying to recover from a beat down.

But in-house, the Jaguars have discussed the fact that they endured a three-game stretch without David Garrard in 2007 when he was out with an injured ankle.

“We were in a similar situation in ’07 when Dave was out for three or four games with an ankle,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter told the Jacksonville media. “We went down to Tampa with Quinn Gray and we found a way to get a win. It wasn’t pretty but we found a way to get a win. In fact I think we won two out of three with Quinn. I can’t remember who the third one was. We lost to New Orleans, we beat Atlanta and I can’t remember who the third one was…

“We won two out of three in a similar situation and we’ve got to find a way. The other guys have to rally. The coaches, it’s our job to get a game plan that whoever is the quarterback can handle, that attacks the Chiefs, plays to our strengths, and the players all got to pick up a little slack. I thought Coach (Jack Del Rio) did a great job talking to them. I think the players understand that and whoever is out there then we have to roll with that.”

During those three games minus Garrard in 2007, they won 24-23 at Tampa, lost 41-24 at New Orleans and won 28-13 at Tennessee.

Garrard will miss Sunday's game in Kansas City with a concussion. Trent Edwards will play if a thumb injury allows it. Todd Bouman will be in the lineup if Edwards can't go.

RTC: Don't miss Kravitz on McAfee

October, 21, 2010
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The Colts rank third, the Jaguars rank last in these social media standings.

Houston Texans

The defense has been so bad it’s spoiled the winning record for some players, says John McClain.

The Texans looked at some defensive tackles, says McClain.

What they are saying about helmet hits.

Indianapolis Colts

Details on Joseph Addai’s injury, from Phillip B. Wilson.

Phil Richards has updates on injuries to Dallas Clark and Addai.

“Here's my question: If this was [Pat] McAfee's first offense -- and we have no real way of knowing that -- why suspend him and do nothing to [Fili] Moala and others who have been charged with driving under the influence?” Bob Kravitz asks some good questions.

The Colts won’t change their ways, says Richards.

A nice look at Pat Angerer’s work from Doug Farrar.

When Dallas Clark last missed significant time, he was a supplementary guy, says John Oehser.

With Clark out, the offense could be a lot more interesting, says Nate Dunlevy.

The 911 call and the police report connected to Pat McAfee are in this story, from Jeremy Brilliant. (Hat tip to Stampede Blue.)

Considering Clark’s injury and Addai’s injury with Laura Calaway.

Jacksonville Jaguars

It might be Todd Bouman’s turn to start at quarterback for the Jaguars, says Vito Stellino.

I have always liked Jack Del Rio’s candor, but it felt like he threw offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter under the bus in this notebook from Tania Ganguli.

ESPN never asked Del Rio to call timeouts, says Gene Frenette.

Eleven people were arrested at the Titans-Jaguars game, says Larry Hannan.

David Garrard is doing better according to his agent, says Ganguli.

Tyson Alualu makes Matt Williamson’s rookie watch.

Vic Ketchman believes it was a simple case of the better team winning.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans continue to monitor Vince Young after he and Kerry Collins (finger) sat out a light, short practice Wednesday, says Jim Wyatt.

The Titans won’t rush Jason McCourty back, says Wyatt. They shouldn’t, as Alterraun Verner is playing so well.

Five things Wyatt knows about the Titans.

Drag and drop to rate the Titans coaches and players here.

The Eagles will bring an array of weapons, says John Glennon.

Player safety is nice, but at what price? Bob McClellan examines.
The Jaguars, who didn’t have a third quarterback on the roster Monday night when they lost to Tennessee, could be looking at a third quarterback in the huddle Sunday in Kansas City.

Jack Del Rio revealed on SIRIUS NFL Radio that not only does David Garrard have a concussion, but Trent Edwards had a thumb injury.
Pat Kirwan: “So Trent [Edwards] gets all the reps this week because the week starts right now, really? So he’s got to be out there taking them and that’s going to help him in his readiness to get ready if, in fact, he has to go.”

Jack Del Rio: “Well, you know, uh, maybe not. I hate to be breaking things right now but there’s a chance, you know, he’s got a little bit of a thumb issue that could be problematic. So Todd Bouman will be back and potentially another quarterback in the mix as well. We’re just a little banged up right now at that position. David’s obviously not going to be working tomorrow and there’s a question mark whether Trent will be able to go tomorrow.”

With Bouman or Edwards, the Jaguars have to try to do more to establish Maurice Jones-Drew. Nine touches in the first half like he had against the Titans is probably not the route to success at a place like Arrowhead Stadium.

RTC: More coaches were DBs than QBs

October, 6, 2010
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Houston Texans

Troy Nolan is on the rise, says Jeffrey Martin.

David Anderson is excited about Brian Cushing’s return.

The Texans are expected to add defensive end Mark Anderson, says Adam Schefter.

The Texans will get better with Cushing back, says Steve Wyche.

Alan Burge thinks Anderson may be able to help fill the Connor Barwin hole.

Houston Diehards looks at some numbers a quarter into the season.

Indianapolis Colts

With Melvin Bullitt out for the season, Brandon King and/or DaJuan Morgan will be thrown into the fire against the Chiefs, says Phillip B. Wilson.

The Colts made several moves to jiggle the roster, including adding defensive back Aaron Francisco, says Wilson.

Wilson breaks down the matchup against Kansas City.

Kansas City coordinators Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weiss have some background in facing the Colts, says John Oehser.

Why the loss of Bullitt doesn’t spell the end for the Colts, from Nate Dunlevy.

Considering Joseph Addai’s future with Dunlevy.

A quarter-season review from Greg Cowan.

Matthew Berry considers Pierre Garcon as a fantasy receiver.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Josh Scobee’s new swing feels like a sure thing, writes Tania Ganguli.

Todd Bouman was released, making Trent Edwards the No. 2 quarterback.

Details on the man charged in the attack on Kassim Osgood.

Tickets distributed on Sunday were 63,111. The actual attendance was 58,212. From Vic Ketchman.

Will Derrick Harvey be around in 2011, asks Adam Stites.

Tennessee Titans

Five things Jim Wyatt knows about the Titans.

The Titans added defensive lineman Amon Gordon, says Wyatt.

More NFL coaches were defensive backs than quarterbacks, says David Boclair.

The Cowboys won’t expect a lot of Vince Young throwing, says Rick Gosselin.

Jason Babin is renewed, refreshed and reeling in quarterbacks, says Bob McClellan.

The Cowboys are preparing to see some option plays, says Tom Orsborn.

Breaking down the personnel by down and the play-calling against Denver with Terry McCormick.

Recounting what’s changed for Chris Johnson with Darren McFarland.

A quarter report on the defense from Andrew Strickert.
That the Jaguars put in a waiver claim for Trent Edwards and were awarded the former Bills quarterback does not mark some huge change in their thinking or approach.

Don’t look for him in the lineup Sunday against the Colts.

Edwards’ availability coincided with the team’s recovery from a second horrid performance in a row by David Garrard. The Jaguars’ chief backup, Luke McCown, tore an ACL in Week 2. Todd Bouman, signed after that injury, ranks as the current backup and is hardly an inspiring alternative.

Perhaps Edwards can be one of those.

Gene Smith is always looking to upgrade his roster and he believes this move does that.

But the odds that Edwards is a transformative player for the Jaguars seem long to me. And if any of the team's other players are expecting Edwards to solve their problems it would be a major mistake.

He could turn into a good guy to help groom a high pick next year.

Here’s Scouts Inc.'s report on him from before the season kicked off:
"He is a big, strong-armed pocket passer. He is not very mobile or athletic. Edwards is more accurate when throwing from the pocket than on the move. He is smart in terms of being adept at adjusting to the system, but still makes too many poor decisions with the football. His leadership skills are solid. He does not show the tools to be a consistent NFL starter."

RTC: Rackers almost went barefoot

September, 23, 2010
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Houston Texans

Bum Phillips is torn between the Cowboys and Texans, says Dale Robertson.

Neil Rackers' shoe ripped apart just before his game-winning field goal in Washington, says Richard Justice.

His sprained ankle won’t keep Andre Johnson out for the Dallas game, says John McClain.

Mario Williams is off to a blistering start, says Jeffrey Martin.

Gary Kubiak talks about Duane Brown’s suspension.

Houston is for real, says Alex Marvez.

Rick Gosselin scouts the Cowboys heading into the Texans game.

Indianapolis Colts

Make opponents pass and Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis feast, says Mike Chappell.

The Colts got the Giants into third-and-long, says Phil Richards.

Jim Caldwell reflected on Kenny McKinley's death as the Colts ready for the Broncos, says Richards.

John Oehser’s weekly seven-pack of Colts’ thoughts.

A nice breakdown of a key drive in the Giants-Colts drive from 18to88.

Examining the role of the Colts’ defensive tackles with Brett Mock.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Michael Vick knows he still has a bull’s-eye on his back, says Tania Ganguli.

Todd Bouman is happy to be back, says Vito Stellino.

Luke McCown talks about his ACL tear, says Ganguli.

Scotty McGee is out for the season.

Help is not on the way for the secondary, says Vic Ketchman.

Tennessee Titans

What’s going on in Vince Young’s head, asks Jim Wyatt.

Keith Bulluck called out the Titans for not calling, says John Glennon.

Jared Cook was close with McKinley, says Wyatt.

James Harrison was fined $5,000 for his body slam of Young, says Wyatt.

Chris Johnson says he didn’t give up, writes Wyatt.

RTC: Something different about Texans

September, 21, 2010
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Houston Texans

Gary Kubiak doesn’t want his team resting on its laurels, says John McClain.

DeAngelo Hall wasn’t afraid of Andre Johnson, says John McClain. Hall says Johnson caught a lot of balls against zone coverages -- as if that makes a big day OK for a defense.

Even if they’d lost, we’d be saying we see something different in these Texans, says Richard Justice.

The Texans are redefining their identity, says Michael Lombardi.

A game review with Lance Zierlein.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts showed they can run smart, says Mike Chappell.

An early shanked punt got Pat McAfee fired up, says Phil Richards.

A report card from Bob Kravitz.

Kravitz talks Colts in this video.

The story of Brandon Jacobs’ helmet, from Chappell.

There’s been a major mood shift, says John Oehser.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Luke McCown’s got a torn ACL and the Jaguars are searching for a new backup, says Tania Ganguli. Mark Long said it’s Todd Bouman.

Justin Durant’s status is uncertain, says Tania Ganguli.

Gene Frenette and Vito Stellino review the loss at San Diego in this video.

In the Jaguars’ club seats, fans can order concessions by iPhone, says Kevin Turner.

Tennessee Titans

Jeff Fisher expects a better Vince Young, says Jim Wyatt.

Fisher saw two blown calls in the second half of the loss to the Steelers, say Wyatt and Glennon.

Free agency has provided some quick fixes, says David Boclair.

Jacob Ford has a sprained knee, says Terry McCormick.