AFC South Rivals: Power Notes

Want to know the truly big news about Indianapolis' AFC South rivals in one quick read? We've got it right here for Colts fans in our Power Notes. Find out why Maurice Drew, DeMeco Ryans, and Pacman Jones are just a few players who are highlighted.

Jaguars: Rookie RB Maurice Drew flashed the explosive running style the Jaguars thought he had when he took a short pass from David Garrard against Miami and turned it into a 55-yard touchdown play. The Jaguars think he can add another dimension to their offense. He also had 16 yards in four carries.

The Jaguars seem to be continuing to phase out veteran running back Fred Taylor. Even though Greg Jones had only 15 yards in five carries, he got rave reviews again from coach Jack Del Rio, the same way he did after the scrimmage a week ago when he had 19 yards in four carries. Taylor had 11 yards in three rushes and a 22-yard run with a short pass, but he no longer appears to be the runner the Jaguars are counting on.

The Jaguars are worried that the high ankle sprain suffered by rookie Marcedes Lewis could ruin his rookie season. He left Dolphin Stadium on crutches with his right ankle in a boot. Del Rio said he'll be out at least a week, but he could be out much longer.

Titans: Running back Chris Brown wants out of Tennessee, but he remains No. 1 on the depth chart, and the Titans are less likely to deal Brown after rookie LenDale White was suspended for the preseason opener after spitting on safety Donnie Nickey in practice Aug. 10. Still, several teams, including the Jets, are believed to be interested in Brown.

CB Pacman Jones didn't take long to break a promise to coach Jeff Fisher about 15-yard penalties, drawing one for taunting early on against New Orleans after he made a big sideline hit on the rookie running back.

In the week leading up to the preseason opener, there were some good signs from Jones, who has covered well and was hardly challenged by the Saints.

The Titans looked very good on kickoff and punt returns against New Orleans. Jones had a significant punt return called back when Chris Hope was flagged for an unnecessary illegal block in the back. Bobby Wade and Courtney Roby combined for 165 yards on six kickoff returns.

Texans: MLB DeMeco Ryans has the edge over Sam Cowart in the middle. Ryans moved to middle after Wali Rainer went down with a season-ending knee injury. Ryans quickly proved he has the ability to start. He is poised in the middle, has great skill and the athleticism to cover a lot of ground. The Texans also like Cowart, but he is more of a veteran and is injury prone.


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