Reading the coverage…
“The Texans should still triumph, but they must make the most of this opportunity; the road will not rise up to meet them as readily next year.” An AFC South preview from Mike Tanier of the new site, Sports on Earth.
How Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert rank among the second-year quarterbacks, from Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
Right tackle Derek Newton is the latest testament to offensive line coach John Benton, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.
Case Keenum will get his shot to win the No. 3 quarterback spot Thursday night against Minnesota, says Robertson.
Wade Philips has kept things vanilla in the preseason, evaluating players in one-on-one matchups, says Tania Ganguli of the Chronicle.
Receiver Andre Johnson will get the fine china treatment from the Texans for the rest of his career says Stephanie Stradley of the Chron blog.
Rookie center Ben Jones got huge attention in the locker room when he ate a roach, and Anna-Megan Raley of CBS Houston shares.
In Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, “the Indianapolis Colts have two promising rookie tight ends who understand the job description requires more than just catching footballs from Andrew Luck. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ new two tight end scheme often requires getting nasty in the trenches.” Phillip B. Wilson’s story from the Indianapolis Star.
End-turned-outside linebacker Dwight Freeney is the highest-paid player in the NFL this season according to a Forbes report, says Zac Kiefer of the Star.
GM Ryan Grigson wasn’t satisfied with the cornerbacks he inherited, so he’s done a lot about it, says Mike Chappell of the Star.
With eight trades in six months, no one can say Grigson has not been working hard, says Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.
Rookie defensive end Andre Branch has shown he can play and has proved a funny addition to the Jaguars’ mix as well, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union,
Maurice-Jones Drew will miss all four preseason games. So will Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, the running back the Jaguars are set to face in their season opener, says Stellino.
Predicting the final 53-man roster with Big Cat Country. Jones-Drew does not count against the roster as he’s on the reserve/did not report list.
Without Kenny Britt in the lineup, the Titans have one of the shortest receiving corps around, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Mike Munchak is comfortable going into the opener with four receivers if Britt is not available, says Glennon.
Britt is off the PUP list and moving forward, but still awaiting word about a suspension, say Jim Wyatt and Glennon.
Munchak is a big believer in No. 3 quarterback Rusty Smith, says Wyatt.
“(Chris) Palmer is asking his quarterbacks to essentially see the game through a receiver's eyes -- a backward concept from most offenses -- accounting for how they will break off routes and adjust on the fly. Doing so from spread formations can lead to serious protection issues, especially against more complicated zone-blitz schemes -- though the Titans have a strong offensive line -- and lots of interceptions.” Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports looks at what Jake Locker is being asked to do and how Matt Hasselbeck can help.