The AFC South blog begins OTA/minicamp visits today.
As this is published, I’m en route to Jacksonville to check in on the Jaguars.
I’m looking forward to seeing some of three practices and talking with general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey and some member of his staff. I’m also hoping I have the opportunity to meet newcomers Justin Blackmon, Andre Branch and Laurent Robinson, and the chance to spend time with veteran players including Blaine Gabbert, Paul Posluszny and Marcedes Lewis.
Plans are still being finalized for a trip to Houston for OTAs in the first full week of June, and a visit to the Colts minicamp June 12-14. I’ll also be at the Titans' minicamp June 19-21.
During these visits in the past, I’ve tried to gather stuff to share with you during the dog days of summer, when things are presumably quieter.
In 2010, I asked every guy I spoke with about an early football influence and wrote posts through the summer on those relationships, which seemed to be pretty well-received. (For those who like to reminisce, you can find them all in this post.)
Last year, there were no OTAs or minicamps because of the lockout. But during training-camp visits, I asked everyone about his favorite pregame music and provided pump-up playlists before the regular season started. (If you’re looking for iTunes additions, let the Colts, Jaguars, Texans and Titans offer some suggestions.)
In 2012, as I head to my first spring/early summer stop, I’ve not yet hit on my idea. It's one question that will evoke a wide range of answers that fans of these four teams will be interested in hearing an answer to from multiple players.
So if you’ve got one, there is no better time to share it than now, and no better place than in the comments section below.