AFC South News and Rumors

  • Speculation starts that Jaguars could be taking Amari Cooper

    Speculation starts that Jaguars could be taking Amari Cooper

    profootballtalk.com Updated 1 hour ago
    Last year, PFT first caught wind of the Jaguars as a potential suitor at No. 3 for quarterback Blake Bortles only a couple of days before the draft. This year, it’s two days before the draft — and PFT has caught wind of another potential surprise for th…
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  • Roger Goodell expects Ted Wells’s Deflategate report soon

    Roger Goodell expects Ted Wells’s Deflategate report soon

    profootballtalk.com 3 hours ago
    It has been more than a month since Roger Goodell said that Ted Wells’s investigation into allegations that the Patriots used underinflated footballs while throttling the Colts in the AFC Championship game was nearing its end. The time that’s passed sin…
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  • Why I took Leonard Williams in the NFL Nation mock draft

    Why I took Leonard Williams in the NFL Nation mock draft

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    Why I took Leonard Williams in the NFL Nation mock draft
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  • Jerrell Freeman signs RFA tender with Colts

    Jerrell Freeman signs RFA tender with Colts

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27 (yesterday)
    The Colts opened up their offseason workout program without linebacker Jerrell Freeman last week with Freeman’s absence reportedly related to his desire for a longer commitment than the one-year restricted free agent tender offer the Colts extended befo…
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  • Trading up for quarterbacks remains a risky proposition

    Trading up for quarterbacks remains a risky proposition

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27 (yesterday)
    Perhaps there’s a reason the Titans haven’t found a taker for the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and a chance to grab Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. It might be because there are some students of history out there. As noted by Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun…
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  • Titans like Mariota, unless there’s a deal to be made at No. 2

    Titans like Mariota, unless there’s a deal to be made at No. 2

    profootballtalk.com Apr 27 (yesterday)
    With the clock ticking (lurching, crawling, staggering) toward the start of the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday night, we’re in the final phases of the will-they-or-won’t-they game of the top two picks. And at last, there’s some clarity. The Titans seem comfort…
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  • AFC South goal: Catch the Colts

    AFC South goal: Catch the Colts

    jacksonville.com Apr 26 (yesterday)
    The draft goal for the teams in the AFC South is to find the players to close the gap on the Indianapolis Colts. They’ve gone 6-0 in the division in each of the past two seasons. Meanwhile, the Colts will attempt to find more players to surround quarter…
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  • Kevin Johnson could be the first cornerback taken

    Kevin Johnson could be the first cornerback taken

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26 (yesterday)
    Our first (perhaps only) mock draft of the year had Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson going 18th overall to the Chiefs, two spots below cornerback Trae Waynes, to the Texans. The order of their depature from the draft board ultimately could be flippe…
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  • Colts take pride in scouring globe for unconventional players

    Colts take pride in scouring globe for unconventional players

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26 (yesterday)
    Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson loves to find unconventional players , or at least players with unconventional backgrounds. So it wasn’t much of a surprise last week when he worked out a 380-pound Australian shot-putter. It’s kind of the norm for a G…
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  • Irsay “not really” surprised #DeflateGate investigation has tak…

    Irsay “not really” surprised #DeflateGate investigation has taken so long

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26 (2 days ago)
    The owner of the team that sparked the #DeflateGate investigation recently talked about the absence of closure in the case. And Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t seem to be concerned about the fact that more than three months have passed since G.M. Ryan Gri…
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  • Jags have no update on Justin Blackmon’s status

    Jags have no update on Justin Blackmon’s status

    profootballtalk.com Apr 26 (2 days ago)
    In January, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said that he was “very optimistic” about wide receiver Justin Blackmon returning to the field for the 2015 season and that he felt good about having Blackmon return to the team after missing more than a season on an i…
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  • Here's A Complete Portrait Of J.J. Watt Being Painted In Eight …

    Here's A Complete Portrait Of J.J. Watt Being Painted In Eight Minutes

    deadspin.com Apr 25 (3 days ago)
    Speed painter Dan Dunn highlighted a charity event hosted by Texans tight end Garrett Graham last night, and here’s some time lapse video of him painting a portrait of J.J. Watt from scratch in what we’re told was eight minutes. Read more...
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  • Irsay says it’s not “Super Bowl or bust” for Pagano

    Irsay says it’s not “Super Bowl or bust” for Pagano

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Apr 24 (4 days ago)
    Last month, a report emerged that the Colts and coach Chuck Pagano aren’t expected to strike a new deal before the final year of his contract expires. Owner Jim Irsay has remained silent, fueling speculation that Pagano could be on the outs if the team …
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  • Jaguars planning on going without Justin Blackmon ... again

    Jaguars planning on going without Justin Blackmon ... again

    ESPN.com Apr 24 (4 days ago)
    Jaguars planning on going without Justin Blackmon ... again
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  • Nicks stays in division, joins Titans on 1-year deal

    Nicks stays in division, joins Titans on 1-year deal

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (4 days ago)
    Nicks stays in division, joins Titans on 1-year deal
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  • Bill Polian sees Shane Ray as the next Robert Mathis

    Bill Polian sees Shane Ray as the next Robert Mathis

    profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (4 days ago)
    The man who drafted six-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Robert Mathis says there’s a player in this year’s draft who will be the same kind of player: Shane Ray. Ray, the Missouri pass rusher who’s widely viewed as a Top 10 talent, reminds former Colts General…
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  • Maurice Jones-Drew to retire with the Jaguars next week

    Maurice Jones-Drew to retire with the Jaguars next week

    profootballtalk.com Apr 24 (4 days ago)
    Very few NFL players are able to finish a career with one team. But the ones who hang on for a year too long and end up elsewhere often want to go back home. That’s going to be the case for running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is going to sign a one-day…
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  • Linemakers have variety of opinions on Colts-Bills

    Linemakers have variety of opinions on Colts-Bills

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (5 days ago)
    Of the 16 Week One games on the board for betting at Nevada sports books, no matchup has a wider range of point spreads than Colts-Bills. While the AFC South-champion Colts are consensus favorites across Nevada, they are favored by as little as 1.5 poin…
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  • Colts Sticking to Long-Term Plan While Trying to Win Now

    Colts Sticking to Long-Term Plan While Trying to Win Now

    nytimes.com profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (5 days ago)
    Colts general manager Ryan Grigson finds himself in a delicate situation.
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  • Titans picking up Kendall Wright’s fifth-year option

    Titans picking up Kendall Wright’s fifth-year option

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (5 days ago)
    The Titans have checked out a number of draft-eligible wide receivers, but they’re taking a step to hang onto one of their own for another year. Via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean, the Titans are going to pick up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Ken…
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  • Report: Chargers, Titans haven’t discussed Philip Rivers trade …

    Report: Chargers, Titans haven’t discussed Philip Rivers trade “at all”

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (5 days ago)
    When Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said last month that he wasn’t going to sign a new contract with the Chargers before his current one expires after the season and San Diego showed interest in Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota during the pre-draft…
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  • D’Qwell Jackson apologizes for distraction his assault arrest c…

    D’Qwell Jackson apologizes for distraction his assault arrest created

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (5 days ago)
    Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said there’s another side to the story, the one about him threatening to kill a pizza guy over a parking spot. Of course, he can’t tell it yet. Jackson told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star that there’s more to th…
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  • Andre Johnson: Being in Indy “a breath of fresh air”

    Andre Johnson: Being in Indy “a breath of fresh air”

    profootballtalk.com Apr 23 (5 days ago)
    Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson reiterated on Wednesday that he didn’t sign to play in Indianapolis simply because it would offer him a chance to face the Texans twice a year. Johnson said again that he has “bigger goals” than beating the only other t…
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  • Video - NFL Nation mock draft: Colts select OT La'el Collins 01:18

    NFL Nation mock draft: Colts select OT La'el Collins

    Apr 27
    Colts reporter Mike Wells breaks down his first-round selection.
  • Video - NFL Nation mock draft: Texans select S Landon Collins 01:36

    NFL Nation mock draft: Texans select S Landon Collins

    Apr 27
    Texans reporter Tania Ganguli breaks down her first-round selection.
  • Video - NFL Nation mock draft: Titans select QB Marcus Mariota 01:46

    NFL Nation mock draft: Titans select QB Marcus Mariota

    Apr 27
    Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky breaks down his first-round selection.
  • Video - NFL Nation mock draft: Jaguars select DE Leonard Williams 01:37

    NFL Nation mock draft: Jaguars select DE Leonard Williams

    Apr 27
    Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco breaks down his first-round selection.

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  • On ESPN/Watch ESPN

    Apr 28
    Gruden's QB camp takes a turn and invites special guest Mel Kiper Jr. to the film room to break down the best and brightest of this year's NFL draft c...
  • The MMQB Mock Draft: Who Teams Will Pick

    Apr 28
    Cooper to the Jags at 3? They desperately need a No. 1 receiver. (Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated) Draft boards, and one real life, changed on a highway near Columbia, Mo., Monday morning around dawn. Star Missouri pass-rusher Shane Ray, who reportedly …
  • Rivers Trade Dead? Draft Intrigue Starts at No. 2

    Apr 27
    Three days before the 2015 draft, one thing is clear: The drama starts with the second pick. With Tampa Bay very likely to take quarterback Jameis Winston number one, Tennessee is in command with quarterback Marcus Mariota the likely target if anyone wa…
  • All 3 rounds (Insider)

    Apr 23
    Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay went head to head making picks for the first three rounds of next week's NFL draft. So who'd they grab for your team?