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Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is trying to make up for lost time after skipping OTAs and minicamp. He has about six weeks to grasp new head coach Bill O'Brien's offense and all that it will ask of him. Johnson does have a lot to learn, and that excites him.
"I think it's just gonna be fun for me, me picking up the things I need to pick up, [O'Brien] telling me that he's gonna move me around a lot and stuff like that," Johnson said Saturday. "So it's going to be interesting to see because I really wasn't moved a whole lot before, so I just got to, day-by-day, just progressively get better and make sure that I'm on top of everything .... "
Update: The Jaguars have given a more specific timetable for Shorts. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
If you need any further proof that the Jaguars want running back Toby Gerhart to be the engine of their offense, ESPN's Michael DiRocco is here to give it to you.
"The Jaguars also need [Gerhart] to be the workhorse back," DiRocco said Friday. "250 to 300 carries, 1,200 yards I think is not out of the question for Toby Gerhart."
DiRocco also said Gerhart is a "first-down menace" who has the hands to play on third downs as a pass-catcher.
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Johnson arrived at the Texans facility and reported to camp on time Friday morning. Johnson and his agent are still in talks with the team about the $1 million roster bonus Johnson forwent by skipping out on team activities this spring, but those talks will apparently continue with Johnson present for training camp. Just a few weeks ago, reports surfaced that Johnson wants to be traded from the Texans, but at least one reporter familiar with the situation says that a trade is unlikely to happen. It looks like Johnson will be a Texan for at least one more year.
Richardson told ESPN's Mike Wells that he played much of last season with a chipped collar bone and a separated AC joint. "Toward the end of the season I felt more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," Richardson said. Richardson struggled to assimilate into the Colts offense after being traded to the team by the Browns after Week 2. In total last season, Richardson took 223 touches for 879 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.
Ballard injured his ankle running a route during the Colts practice Friday and was carted off the field. He was unable to put any weight on the injured ankle when attempting to leave the field. Ballard is part of a Colts RB corps that also includes RB Trent Richardson and RB Ahmad Bradshaw.
Updating an article by my colleague Stephen Englert, it is now confirmed Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard has a torn Achilles and is likely done for the season. This was following reports from earlier in the day that saw Ballard being carted off the field with an ankle injury. He missed 2013 after a torn ACL which required surgery. The Colts only real depth at the position is Ahmad Bradshaw.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested Wednesday night after police found marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop, according to Newson6.com. Last October, Blackmon was served a one-year suspension without pay by the Jaguars for his substance abuse problems. He has now missed 14 games in his two NFL seasons due to drug-related suspensions, and it looks as though that number will be increasing.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie WR Marqise Lee said ""I'm pretty much cleared." when he spoke about a lingering ankle injury he has been battling. The mild ankle sprain has kept him out of some OTA practices but he said "I should be OK" when speaking of the Jaguars starting training camp this Sunday. Lee was selected 39th overall in the 2014 draft and will battle with fellow rookie Allen Robinson for WR2 duties opposite Cecil Shorts. If the Jaguars get any decent play at QB this year, they have the WR core to do damage to defenses.
ESPN's Colts reporter Mike Wells says RB Vick Ballard has been medically cleared to play football and should be ready to go for training camp. This comes after Ballard tore his ACL last season and has been rehabbing ever since. He is expected to compete with RB Ahmad Bradshaw for backup duties to struggling Trent Richardson.