Reading the coverage …
Ed Reed offered reassurance that all will be fine with regard to his surgically repaired hip, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. Reed is still not sure precisely when he will be back.
Ganguli points us to video of Tom Brady’s kick at Reed in the AFC Championship Game that Reed said he thinks caused his hip issue.
Tim Dobbins stands by his decision to skip OTAs to work on building his house in Nashville, says Ganguli.
To which I say: It sounds odd, but voluntary is voluntary and if he proves the team’s best option at inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing, the OTA absences won’t factor into a decision.
Gary Kubiak is concerned about right tackle, but Derek Newton and rookie Brennan Williams are expected to be ready for the start of training camp, says James Palmer of CSN Houston.
Vonta Leach would like to return to the Texans, he told Mark Berman of Fox Houston.
To which I say: Don’t know why he’d say it publicly, since the presence of Greg Jones means it can’t happen.
Robert Mathis on LaRon Landry: “He brings ugly. He brings a streak to us that we haven’t had.” Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star has this story on Landry, who was not part of OTAs.
Ahmad Bradshaw feels like he will bring a spark to the Colts’ young offense, writes Chappell. Bradshaw said he looks forward to helping Vick Ballard and the rest of the running backs.
The Colts' offensive tackles, Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus, have a friendship that dates back to Boston College, says
Remembering a funny slip up Chuck Pagano made at the combine regarding Leach, who’s now a free agent, with Brad Wells of Stampede Blue. (I've been told this morning that they won't pursue Leach).
Pagano said nose tackle Josh Chapman amounts to an immovable 800-pound safe on the middle of the field, says Marcus Dugan of Colts Authority.
It’s never been an easy ride for Alan Ball, who signed with the Jaguars because of the chance to start, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. Safety Dwight Lowery sees a perfect system for Ball.
To which I say: Ball really struggled when he had opportunities with the Texans last season, so he’ll need a big turn-around to be effective for the Jaguars.
The Jaguars claimed former Patriots quarterback Mike Kafka, who they cut to make room for Tim Tebow, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.
“(Maurice) Jones-Drew's future with the Jaguars will be tied to his production on the field, not his culpability in a bar altercation where somebody is clearly sticking to a bold-faced lie, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.
“Seeing (Marc) Mariani on the practice field is a testament to modern orthopedic medicine and his dedication,” writes David Climer of The Tennessean.
Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey sees Gregg Williams and Jerry Gray balancing each other out, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Chris Johnson disputes the notion that he’s selfish, says The Tennessean’s notebook.
To which I say: He sold himself as not just a running back, but a playmaker, when he held out for, and received, a new contract. He has hardly been the guy he said he’d be. Despite his assertion, him getting 2,000 yards isn’t the best route for the Titans to get to the playoffs.
Johnson speaks highly of Shonn Greene in this piece from Crag Peters of the team’s website.