AFC South Rivals: Power Notes

We've rounded up all the most interesting and important news about the Colts' AFC South rivals and put it in one convenient article for you. Find out what's going on in Tennessee, Jacksonville and Houston with our Power Notes!


--WR David Givens was out of the preseason game in Denver with a hamstring issue. The big-money free agent has missed a lot of work in training camp with minor injuries.

--Among the Titans seven penalties for 49 yards in Denver were offenses by Kyle Vanden Bosch, Keith Bulluck and David Thornton. "There is no excuse for some of the penalties we had and to have that many penalties, that can really kill the team," Vanden Bosch said. "We really need to clear that up." Cornerback Pacman Jones drew an unnecessary roughness call on David Terrell that would have backed Denver 15 yards from the Titans' 4-yard line in the second quarter. But Jones drew a personal foul that offset the call against Terrell. "Pac's got a free 15 yards that he offsets," Fisher said. "He's getting there."

--Tennessee didn't record a sack in Denver and allowed the Broncos to convert four of 10 third downs and three of four fourth downs.

--The Titans 35-10 loss at Denver was the team's worst preseason loss during Jeff Fisher's tenure, which includes 45 games.

--RB Chris Brown may get a light workload in the Titans third preseason game in Atlanta, considering Jeff Fisher said he'd like to get both Travis Henry and LenDale White additional carries earlier in the game behind a better line and against a better defense.

--DT Albert Haynesworth was out of the Denver game with back problems and his absence paved the way for the Broncos big rushing day. He could be back in action late this week.

--The Titans were impressed by Jay Cutler, the quarterback Denver drafted out of Vanderbilt 11th overall after the Titans took Vince Young third overall. In Denver's 35-10 preseason win over the Titans, Cutler relieved Jake Plummer and was six of 12 for 99 yards and a TD pass with a 105.9 rating. "He's a stud," Jeff Fisher said. "He did some things he also did last week (in a loss at Detroit). He was impressive. He did a good job running the offense and he sees well." Said defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch: "He's got a good arm and he's accurate and he doesn't seem like a rookie out there."


--TE Marcedes Lewis, the team's top draft pick, suffered a high ankle sprain in the first preseason game in Miami, is likely to miss the rest of the preseason and possibly longer. That's a setback to his chances of being a major contributor to the offense.

--The Jaguars have concentrated on the pass in the first two preseason games, often playing with three wide receivers. So it's difficult to handicap the running back situation although Del Rio is giving Greg Jones a chance to challenge Fred Taylor. "The thing I told you last week is if all went according to the way it should and (Taylor'S) doing his thing, he will be our guy. So there's nothing new there. If he's going the way Fred can go, he's a special talent," Del Rio. Taylor had three carries for 11 yards in Miami and five for 15 against Carolina so it's difficult to judge whether Taylor is being pushed. Jones was 5 for 15 and 3 for 12 in the first two preseason game.

--The Jaguars wrapped up their three week training camp last week. It is one of the easiest in the league because coach Jack Del Rio puts most of the emphasis on not getting hurt. But there's so little contract that it remains to be seen if the team is ready to start the season.

--Don't look for the Jaguars to bring in any new players off the waiver wire after the final cutdown. Coach Jack Del Rio said the players who'll make up the final 53-man roster are already in camp.

--WR Reggie Williams, who was demoted to the No. 3 receiver position a week ago, was back starting against Carolina and caught three passes for 54 yards.

--Third round choice Clint Ingram missed the Carolina game with a calf contusion. Fifth round pick Brent Hawkins showed he can rush the passer with a sack against Carolina.

--Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud suffered a heel injury against Carolina but it's not believed to be serious.


" align="right" border="2"> -- During Gary Kubiak's last four years as offensive coordinator at Denver, he called the plays from the coaches booth in the press box. Now Kubiak will be on the sideline. Offensive coordinator Troy Calhoun is working games from the press box. "I'm going to call (some) plays," Kubiak said. "Troy's my eyes upstairs. Anything that comes from up there goes through me. There may be a segment where I'm calling the whole thing, or there may be a segment where I say, 'Troy, you take it this series, or you take it the whole game.' "We'll even get (assistant head coach) Mike Sherman (making) some calls."

--The Texans changed their starting defensive line for the second preseason game at St. Louis. End Mario Williams is moving from the strong to the weak side. Tackle Anthony Weaver is moving to strong-side end, the position he played at Baltimore. Robaire Smith and Travis Johnson will start at tackle. "Our ideal situation would be to start Weaver at one end and Mario at the other," coach Gary Kubiak said. "To do that, this team has to continue to find another inside player.

--Cornerback Phillip Buchanon is no longer the starting cornerback for the Texans, but coach Gary Kubiak still has high hopes for Buchanon as far as special teams is concerned. Buchanon returns as the Texans' top punt returner this season. "Phillip's very explosive," Kubiak said. "There's no reason he shouldn't be one of the top guys in this league.

-- RB Domanick Davis has missed a number of practices because of a bruised knee. He did not travel with the team to their second preseason game.

--CB Demarcus Faggins broke his foot and is expected to miss the next 6-10 weeks.

--WR Jerome Mathis (foot) is on PUP with a foot injury. He is expected to miss five weeks of the season.

--LB Kailee Wong (knee) is on PUP and expected to miss one or two regular season games.

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