The NFL is back in the news because training camps around the league have begun to open. There will be those players who are fighting for a job and have something to prove while there will be those that find their names in constant headlines with stories galore. With all the fun that is to come, we have to pace ourselves. This is just week one of the very beginning of a long season, but that shouldn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited. Here we’ll talk about the AFC South.
Training camp is fast approaching and Houston’s rookies have begun their training camp workouts. By the time Saturday rolls around, all players will be out on the field practicing with fans being able to watch from the sidelines. So far, in terms of the rookies’ camp, it has been fairly quiet with not much to talk about yet. That hasn’t stopped the veterans on this roster from being active. Fourth year outside linebacker John Simon took time Thursday to honor first responders. At an appreciation lunch at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Simon spoke of his appreciation of the police and the K9s4Cop programme, saying “I just wanted to come out and here and show them we appreciate all the sacrifices and risks they take on a daily basis because I really think they go underappreciated and deserve a lot of respect.” Star receiver, Deandre Hopkins, decided to interact with fans on Thursday by hosting a Q&A on his Twitter timeline. One fan asked Hopkins what has surprised him most about Brock Osweiler and he responded by saying his work ethic.
Thursday marked the first day of training camp practice for Jacksonville and it’s only been high praise from the GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley for this squad since the final whistle blew. Caldwell was markedly impressed with the much-improved roster, reportedly saying “there’s going to be some guys get cut who would have started for us 3 years ago.” For a team that has struggled in recent years, this is a good sign coming out of Jacksonville’s camp for this upcoming season. Coach Bradley also addressed the state that their first round pick, Jalen Ramsey, was in after today’s practice. Ramsey mainly worked with the first-team defense on this opening day and seemingly had no problems with his surgically-repaired knee. Bradley said Ramsey “really jumped in there and, boy, it seemed like a lot of the techniques came natural to him. I kept a close eye on him and that was impressive.”
Tennessee is still a few days away from their training camp gates officially opening, but the Titans organization and their players have been doing what they can to get prepared for this upcoming season. Starting quarterback Marcus Mariota has held organized workouts with some of his teammates the last two days and tight end Delanie Walker was very impressed with him. Walker says Marcus is a “natural born leader” and has made huge improvements that will result in a very good season for him. The Titans the last few days held a workout for free agent wide receiver Andre Johnson to gauge where he’s at health and interest wise. Both sides seem to have mutual interest but nothing has come of it yet. Tennessee also has built a new practice bubble, so the Titans have made a concerted effort in trying to start a new era that they hope will lead to success.
The Colts training camp is already underway and after Thursday’s practice, they have decided to experiment with a different look on the offensive side of the ball. Colts reporter Ray Rodgers tweeted “The Colts move to 3 WRs and 1 TE is going to test Dorsett in his 2nd yr. He’ll be seeing the field a lot more now than he ever did last year.” This possible new three-wide out offense could benefit Andrew Luck and the Colts because it would provide good lateral spacing on the field and should allow the ball to be passed around more fluidly. A few players have missed practice time the last few days. Linebacker Sio Moore was seen in a walking boot after a teammate reportedly stepped on his toe on Wednesday. Punter Pat McAfee left practice early after contracting the flu and second-round pick T.J. Green suffered a left calf strain in practice Wednesday and didn’t return.