AFC South Blog
Colts running back Vick Ballard looked like a potential start in the making in 2012. He then missed the next two season with a torn ACL then a ruptured Achilles. The promising young back knows "this could be it for me". He has been working and working to get back into football shape. He acknowledges that "two years is a long time not to play football". Ballard is getting himself in top shape but used an interesting word describing how he feels about his comeback. "I think everybody's curious to see how my body reacts," says Ballard. "I'm curious, too. I feel like this whole offseason I've been working on nothing but my legs, making sure everything from my hips down to my toes feel good."
The Titans drafted rookie fullback Jalston Fowler not only for his ability to block but because he is also an excellent pass-catching FB. "I think that was one of the things we liked about (Fowler)," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's hard to find a guy that's a good (run) blocker and a good receiver at that position. He's shown he can do a good job (run) blocking, but the added benefit is he's a good receiver. So you felt like there's some versatility that gives him some flexibility to do different things."
Marqise Lee had a less-than-stellar rookie season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He caught only 37 passes for 422 yards and one touchdown. coach Jerry Sullivan admits he and former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch may be partly to blame for that.
"Well, some of it was our fault," Sullivan said. "We gave him too much too soon."
The Colts' first-round pick Phillip Dorsett is already showing flashes of greatness in camp. He "seamlessly" worked in with seasoned vets and was connecting with Andrew Luck. An impressed Luck had nothing but good things to say about the rookie from Miami. "It's definitely not too big for him," Luck said. Dorsett himself was also brimming with confidence. "I'm definitely picking up the scheme," Dorsett said. "They have me playing all over the place. Concept-wise, I'm definitely getting there."
We are hearing nothing but good things from Colts' camp about free agent acquisitions Andre Johnson and Frank Gore. Both clearly appear to be playing significant roles in the offense. Head coach Chuck Pagano weighed in on their transition. "Pretty seamless," Pagano said. "They don't miss a beat as far as the playbook goes, knowing what to do. Every time I see them in the huddle, break a huddle, to me it looks like they're going the right direction. They're lining up right. They're very talented, talented guys. They fit right into the locker room. They're professionals. Again, the résumé speaks for itself. They're not talkers. They're workers, they're doers."
There appears to be an open competition in Indianapolis for the WR3 spot. Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Duron Carter and Vincent Brown will all be vying for the job. While Moncrief is the frontrunner heading into camp, there seems to be a lovefest going on between Andrew Luck and their first-round pick Dorsett.
Although the Colts went for gold and drafted WR Phillip Dorsett, he isn't guaranteed a starting spot within their rotation. According to Mike Wells, an ESPN Colts reporter, the WR3 position on the roster is an open competition between Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter, Vincent Brown and Phillip Dorsett. T.Y Hilton and Andre Johnson will hold the WR1 and WR2 spots while everyone else battles for the WR3 position. Although their first-round pick isn't guaranteed a starting position his first season in a Colts uniform, he will have an opportunity to make an impact on special teams as a return man.
Jaguars' wideout Marqise Lee injured his knee at some point in Phase 2 of the team's offseason program. Head coach Gus Bradley says he is week to week. Lee is projected to start for the Jags opposite of Allen Robinson this season.
Titans' rookie wideout is missing much needed practice time with a hamstring injury. DGB strained his hammy during rookie minicamp and further aggravated it in OTAs on Tuesday. It's not good but head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't think it's too serious. "He felt a little pull," Whisenhunt said. "You walk that line of saying, `OK, get back in there.' But if you pull it, you lose him for all the OTAs. You don't want him missing any more time because you want him in there. We pulled him (out of practice), but I think he'll be all right."
Shonn Greene is still not with the Titans due to the fact he's at home tending to his infant. His head coach Ken Whisenhunt said that he would like Greene in camp, however, he has also said that he understands why he's not. Whisenhunt added that Greene is a "vet that can keep himself in shape". There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Greene's roster spot in Tennessee this offseason after the team drafted rookie running back David Cobb.