AFC South Blog
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster provided an update to the media regarding his strained calf. "It's just a small calf strain," he said during the shoot of a Foot Locker Under Armour commercial. When asked if he would be ready for camp, Foster said, "Yeah, more than likely." Foster told FOXSports.com that he has been spending an hour or two in a hyperbaric chamber every day. The interview also included some tidbits about his diet and his thoughts about Houston possibly re-signing FB Vonta Leach.
The Colts and running back Ahmad Bradshaw have fought through at least five days of negotiations and stalling, but the two sides have finally agreed to a deal. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Colts signed Bradshaw on Tuesday to a one-year deal.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said he would be back to full speed by the beginning of June, but that is not the case. Jones-Drew said Monday that his left ankle is stiff after spending four months in a boot following December foot surgery, and he is being held out of mandatory minicamp.
More alarming is this from the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino: "[Jones-Drew's] plan is to be ready for training camp ... he doesn't know if he'll be on the field that day."
Jones-Drew was asked about his possible battery charge, but said he had been advised not to comment on the incident.
The Colts and Ahmad Bradshaw may still be close to finalizing a contract. But how close they are is now worth questioning. According to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones, who broke the story earlier Thursday, talks between the team and player have reached a "stalemate." Jones also said a deal that seemed close to done may not be now.
The Titans have a new offensive coordinator this season, Dowell Loggains. And he has brought a new offense with him. How new?
"Everything," wide receiver Kenny Britt said Thursday via David Climer of The Tennessean. "New Plays. New formations. We're starting from scratch."
Here is how Climer described Loggains' plan: "Think of it as an offensive smorgasbord that begins with a solid running game but quickly branches out to a passing scheme that takes its share of deep shots but settles for shorter throws when necessary."
Titans rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter hasn't practiced since late May as he continues to work his way through a hamstring injury. Well, he's working, just not on the field. That fact has wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson irked.
"Justin needs to get his [butt] doing," Jefferson said Thursday via The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt. "Sometimes we have to fight through things. That's how I was taught by Bill Parcells. If it ain't broke, then I'm not hurt.
"I know injuries are a part of the game, but OTAs is where you really see the jump, and he corrects mistakes. It's definitely a setback."
The Colts are installing their third different offense in three years. Everyone has been trying to learn offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's system, but you will excuse Reggie Wayne if he's a bit behind. After spending most of the offseason training in Miami, he showed up to Colts camp on Wednesday and admitted that he is still trying to get up to speed with what's being called.
"I'm still trying to figure it out," Wayne said of Hamilton's West Coast-style system. "I'm still doing some of the things that I did last year. I'm still trying to figure some things out. But hopefully I can continue to build on what I did last year and show [the media] that it's not time for me to hang it up yet."
While Wayne continues to study, quarterback Andrew Luck is calling upon his younger wideouts, specifically T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, to continue to improve.
"They're going to be a big, big part of this offense," Luck said. "... For us to be productive, we're going to have to have every man on the offensive side of the ball contribute."
The Colts and running back Ahmad Bradshaw are currently meeting and talking in Indianapolis. It sounds like they could be reaching an agreement on a deal very soon. According to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones, the sides are negotiating, and "it looks like a deal will get done" between them.
Bradshaw, 27, has been a free agent since the Giants cut him in February after six seasons. He underwent another foot operation during the offseason, but back in April, he received full medical clearance to take part in football activities.
Ever since Titans running back Chris Johnson topped 2,000 yards in 2009, it feels like he's been saying he can or will do it again prior to every following season. On Tuesday, he fulfilled his 2013 quota.
"I know I have another 2,000-yard season in me," Johnson said in a radio interview. "I would love to get 2,000 yards again, but I have been to the playoffs since my rookie year. I want to get back there."
Johnson's touches might be limited somewhat by the acquisition of Shonn Greene, but Johnson said he can live with it.
"At the end of the day, you want to stay in there," Johnson said. "I'd rather have 2,000 yards than have 20 touchdowns, so you got to take the good with the bad."