RTC: Is Shorts ready to break out?

Reading the coverage …

Houston Texans

Gary Kubiak gained even more of a feel for Maurice Jones-Drew when he coached him in the Pro Bowl, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Arian Foster left practice Wednesday because he was sick, says Tania Ganguli of the Chron.

How did the Texans use Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean? Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report takes a detailed look.

Indianapolis Colts

“There's no question the Colts need a player with (Trai) Essex's pedigree,” writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star about the new offensive lineman in town. “He's 29, in his eighth NFL season and spread his 75 career regular-season appearances -- all with the Pittsburgh Steelers -- among guard, tackle and center. He's been to three Super Bowls and was part of two world championships.”

The Colts run defense is bracing for another big challenge, this time in the form of Adrian Peterson, says Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Though it didn’t win the game, the late TD catch by Cecil Shorts in Minnesota was a major sign that he’s ready to take a major step, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Derek Cox is staying optimistic, says Ryan O’Halloran of the T-U. The Jaguars need Cox this weekend and they need him to end his string of injuries.

How did the Jaguars lose to Minnesota? Dunlevy thinks safety Dawan Landry may have screwed up on a crucial play.

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker and Kenny Britt have never played in a game together, but the hope is they’ll develop quick chemistry when they finally do on Sunday in San Diego, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Locker (left shoulder) should be ready to go, but it doesn’t look as good for middle linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle), says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.