RTC: Breaking down Vick Ballard

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Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins is the rookie Eric Davis of NFL Network thinks will make the biggest impact.

On NFL Network, Whitney Mercilus recently broke down some of J.J. Watt’s pass-rushing skills. On one play, Watt beats three blockers. On another he shows great change of direction in a small space.

Indianapolis Colts

Wide receivers to consider in the Ultimate Colts Team Contest, from Mike Chappell.

“(Vick) Ballard's run talent is not in the same ballpark as fellow rising second-year backs Lamar Miller, David Wilson, and Bryce Brown," writes Evan Silva of Rotoworld. “Beyond 290-plus-pound linemen, there aren't many NFL defenders Ballard is capable of out-running. Ballard can't stick his foot in the ground and explode upfield with acceleration. He is a measured, methodical back who relies on vision and patience, and earns playing time by staying reliably assignment sound.”

When he was running the Colts, Bill Polian stopped looking at Aaron Hernandez pretty early in his 2010 draft research, says Johnathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal. “We were not in the Hernandez business,” said Polian, now an ESPN analyst.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars report to training camp on July 25, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

There is a quarterback competition but not a quarterback controversy brewing on the Jaguars, says Big Cat Country.

Come training camp, Lonnie Pryor out of Florida State feels he’ll be ready to win the fullback job as an undrafted rookie, says John Oehser of the team’s website.

Tennessee Titans

Big competitions are ahead at defensive tackle, wide receiver and on the offensive line, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

ESPN’s Ron Jaworski ranked Jake Locker 31st of 32 NFL starting quarterbacks, says Glennon.

Mike Munchak is one of six NFL coaches on the hot seat this season, says Elliott Harrison of NFL.com.

How the Titans sacked the passer in 2012, from Tom Gower of Total Titans. Part I, and Part II.