AFC South Blog
Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee is expected to miss two more weeks with a hamstring injury according to head coach Gus Bradley. Although time is beginning to run out, the team does expect him to be ready for Week 1. As of now, he has fallen far behind Allen Hurns for the WR2 job. With Rashad Greene likely in the slot, there is a serious chance that Lee could be the WR4 in Jacksonville this season.
Titans running back David Cobb has apparently made an impression at training camp. General manager Ruston Webster named him as a rookie that stood out in camp. He spoke very highly of the fourth-round pick. "David Cobb has kind of shown what we saw from him at the Senior Bowl and in college, his ability to run the football, his vision and his feet," Webster said. "If he continues along that path he can help us."
Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong seems to turning things around at training camp. Recently head coach Bill O'Brien had this to say about Strong, "Strong isn't getting it done. I think we just got to bring the guy in: 'Look dude, you're headed down a road that's not good.'" Now his tune appears to changing a bit since last week's preseason game. "I think he's made improvement," O'Brien said. "A rookie receiver in our offense is tough, and I'd say over the last four or five practices, you've seen glimpses of what he can do. He just needs to continue to do that … Work hard, he's out here after practice, he's trying to work with the quarterbacks. It's not easy, it's not easy, and I think he's improved."
Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard will return to the field tonight after missing nearly two full years. Over the past two seasons he has torn his ACL and ruptured his Achilles. He sat out last week's game with hamstring tightness but really ramped up the intensity at camp this week. This is what Colts Blitz's Phillip B. Wilson said of Ballard's return, "After missing the opener with a tight hamstring, Ballard is eager to get some quality snaps and show his body is healed from back-to-back seasons that ended too soon on injured reserve. After a promising rookie year in 2012, Ballard realizes he has to stay on the field to secure a roster spot. When healthy as a rookie, he eventually earned the starting job based on his versatility as a reliable runner, pass catcher out of the backfield and blocker. He's one of the most humble guys in the locker room, which makes his story a compelling saga for not just fans but teammates who are pulling for him."
Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon will miss tonight's game with a sprained finger. The team is being cautious with the rookie and expects him to suit up next week. Yeldon projects to be the Jags every-down back this season. Although, there have been some reports that they may ease him in early on.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Phillip Dorsett left Saturday night's preseason game with a scary looking knee injury. However, he managed to avoid disaster. Dorsett was diagnosed with a knee bruise after going down with the injury. He is now considered day-to-day and is not expected to miss much time.
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer has been named the team's Week 1 starter according to reports from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hoyer beat out Ryan Mallett for the starting job. The competition was reportedly extremely close, but head coach Bill O'Brien wanted to name a starter before the preseason Week 3 dress rehearsal.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon has been dealing with a sprained finger but is expected to play in the team's third preseason game. This will be the first in-game action we get to see of the rookie. Head coach Gus Bradley has confirmed that he expects Yeldon to primarily work with the starters. "I think if there was a situation in a critical time or critical game, he could have played last week," Bradley said. "This week, we feel better about his opportunities. I would see him getting some reps with the ones and twos. Mostly ones, though, I would say with T.J. … This week, he needs to start using that hand, whether it's shedding blocks, taking on blocks. I think how he progresses there will determine how much and when he plays in the game. We have our fingers crossed that he'll come out of practice this week in good shape. We'll try to get him some reps with the ones and twos, most likely the twos."
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has had successful sports-hernia surgery and has been progressing in his rehab. There has been a ton of speculation regarding a timetable for his return, however, head coach Bill O'Brien said there is no clear timetable for his return yet. O'Brien said "He's in here rehabbing," but he "don't have any update."
Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer was reportedly named the Week 1 starter yesterday. Head coach Bill O'Brien has confirmed this report. He also said that Hoyer's consistency gave him the slight edge but he'll be on a short leash. If he falters, Ryan Mallett will replace him. Still, the decision is to start with Hoyer. "We've put a lot of thought into this QB position," O'Brien said. "We spoke to the QBs this morning. Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback."