All NFL teams have reported to training camp this week and all have high hopes for their seasons. Now obviously not all will be successful but in this league, anything can happen. And in AFC South, all four teams have a strong belief they can win the division title. But for now it’s just training camp, so let’s focus on that.
Houston fans breathed a huge sigh of relief yesterday following the brief holdout of star WR, Deandre Hopkins. Having indicated he was unhappy with his current contract Hopkins did not report for the first day of camp to the dismay of Texans fans everywhere. With a new QB in Brock Osweiler, this camp is vitally important to build the chemistry needed between a QB and his top target. Hopkins holdout was short-lived though and he reported yesterday following overtures from the team that they would be willing to open talks about his contract, but only if he reported to camp, which he duly did.
After a few days of practice, Jalen Ramsey has not shown any signs of slowing down. Jacksonville has tested him at multiple positions on defense and he’s flourished at all of them. Tight End Julius Thomas has accepted that he will probably have some sort of pain in his right hand that he injured last preseason, but he’s learned to deal with it and is looking forward to creating more of a rapport on the football field with Quarterback Blake Bortles. Also, wide receiver Marqise Lee left practice earlier this week after suffering a hamstring injury, although it’s not expected to be serious. Coach Gus Bradley said “He was out here; you saw him jogging around. It’s not going to be for an extended period of time, but we’re going to be cautious with it and make sure that we do our due diligence. Like I said, we’re going to be more cautious than anything.”
After having him in for a workout, the Titans officially signed thirteen-year veteran wide-receiver Andre Johnson. It will be the third team in the division he will have played for and Adam Schefter reports it’s a two-year deal. Veteran leadership is a commodity Tennessee is searching for and they have another veteran receiver on their radars. Roddy White is a guy they’re interested in on adding to their roster but they must be willing to pay for him. He has made clear he won’t take a minimum salary offer. Tennessee has also signed offensive lineman Ronald Patrick to a contract.
Indianapolis has been active in terms of roster moves over the last few days. First it began with the tight end position. The Colts have signed Konrad Reuland and later waived Nick Truesdell. They’ve also added wide receiver Andre Debose and placed wide receiver Brian Tyms on the IR after he left Friday’s practice with what seemed to be a rib injury. One constant through all of this is Robert Mathis, who is a leader on this team and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He was asked what he thinks about predictions saying the Colts will finish 6-10 and he’s said “The must’ve forgot we have a healthy No. 12” and that it “Kind of boils my blood a little bit”.