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Houston Texans

The Texans are taking more of a look at receiver Mike Sims-Walker as well as fullback Moran Norris, says Sam Khan of the Houston Chronicle. If Sims-Walker couldn’t help receiver-needy St. Louis or Jacksonville last season, I’m skeptical he can help Houston now.

Who’s better: Patrick Willis or Brian Cushing? Bucky Brooks of NFL.com considers.

What if Kris Brown hadn’t gotten the yips in 2009, asks Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

The three big position battles through the eyes of Lance Zierlein of the Chronicle blog.

Stephanie Stradley of the Chronicle blog considers the fullback position for the Texans.

Indianapolis Colts

Don’t be worried about Andrew Luck missing practices because of his college commitment, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. He’s right, in this big picture, missed OTAs as a rookie won’t mean a thing.

“An unofficial tally of Luck's afternoon performance in 11-on-11 and seven-on-seven drills had him completing 25-of-42 passes with two near-interceptions,” writes Mike Chappell of the Star. “He showed good velocity and often dropped the football into tight spots to Wayne and Collie but occasionally misfired. Once, Luck seemed to miscalculate Wayne coming out of his break, throwing behind him.”

Fans can see Luck for themselves today during a practice at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Roughly 30 percent of the Colts’ cap is taken up by dead money for players who are no longer on the team, says Chappell. Add on a $19 million hit for Dwight Freeney and the team’s operating at a serious disadvantage. The bright side? Next year they’ll practically be able to go on a spending spree.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones-Drew’s making a contract statement by skipping the Jaguars’ mandatory minicamp, says Tania Ganguli. He’s the eighth-highest paid running back in the league. That’s hardly criminal, and he’s going to have to come to terms with it.

Debating Jones-Drew’s camp absence and contract bid with Steve Wyche and Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.

Rashad Jennings is the lead back with MJD absent, says Ganguli. Jennings isn’t getting caught up in the MJD controversy, says Gene Frenette of the T-U.

Rashean Mathis has an understanding of Jones-Drew’s position, says Ganguli.

Jacksonville already went out of its way to reward Jones-Drew, says Chris Burke of SI.com.

The Jaguars are making a mistake by not re-doing MJD’s deal, says T-U blogger Hays Carlyon. Says me: A guy doesn’t automatically get a financial reward for good play. There’s the small matter of a contract he signed.

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Morgan has ditched his knee brace, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Dave Ball is concussions-conscious and playing more of a mental game as he gets older, writes David Climer of The Tennessean.

As the Titans prepare to go younger, they released veteran tight end Daniel Graham, says Wyatt. I can’t see how he was going to be worth the $2 million he was slated to make.

“Blending the organization's short-term and long-term interests could present a tricky balance” as they sort out their starting quarterback, says John Manasso of Fox Tennessee.