Checking In On AFC South Camps

JagNation is keeping you updated with daily reports on what is going on with the Jaguars training camp. Nearly as important as what's going on with your Jaguars, is what's going on with their immediate competition in the AFC South. Here are some reports from the Jaguars division rivals.

Tennessee Titans

-QB Vince Young's progression as an NFL quarterback appears to be a long and winding road thus far in training camp.

Footwork was the key area of improvement that was preached to Young throughout the offseason, and it appears he is getting better in that regard. However, there are still errant and off-target throws that have cropped up a bit too frequently during the team drills portion of training camp.

Young has thrown fewer interceptions, but still has been off-target at times on the short to intermediate passes that he must hit on in Mike Heimerdinger's timing offense.

-TE Alge Crumpler is an imposing target down the seam and as a safety valve for Young in traffic. Crumpler, who has not missed any practice time with his knees that bothered him last year in Atlanta, has lost about 15 pounds from 2007 and is probably the Titans' best pass-catching target right now.

-DL Jason Jones is spending most of his time at tackle, while four others battle for the backup defensive end spots. While some teams had Jones projected as an end -- and he can fill in there if need be -- the Titans like him just fine as a tackle, even though he weighs only 276 pounds in camp.

-WR Brandon Jones, who has been plagued by ups and downs as well as injuries, quickly stole the No. 1 slot receiver spot away from Biren Ealy in reps, and has yet to relinquish it. When Justin McCareins needed a few days off because of a tight hamstring, Jones was running with the first team, and impressing coaches with his ability to run good routes and catch the ball with ease.

-DE Jevon Kearse's knee tightened on July 30, forcing him to miss two days before returning.

-RB LenDale White jammed his wrist Friday and has been limited since.

-WR Justin McCareins missed a couple of practices with hamstring tightness, but the injury is not believed to be serious.

-DE Ulrich Winkler tore his ACL and will be lost for the year. The Titans waived him injured.

-K Rob Bironas (groin) is out of action after suffering the injury on July 29. That same day, P Josh Miller also suffered a groin injury. K John Vaughn was signed to fill in for Bironas.

-WR Edward Williams (groin) missed a few days of practice, but returned Saturday with a dazzling catch.

-WR Roydell Williams (ankle) remains on the PUP list, but he has started running routes and making cuts over the past few weeks.

-CB Cary Williams is on the PUP list because of a quadriceps injury. The seventh-round pick is regarded as a project this season, and has yet to see the field for any training-camp work.

Indianapolis Colts

-WR Courtney Roby is back playing for his hometown team, but the question is whether he will be the Colts' fourth or fifth receiver or a kick return specialist. Roby, a former Tennessee Titans draft pick, has looked good in both roles so far in training camp.

-QB Jim Sorgi has done a nice job working with the first-team offense in practice during the first week of training camp.

-OG Mike Pollak (second round) continues to hold his own with veteran Charlie Johnson as they battle for the starting right offensive guard job. He has done a nice job so far.

-LB Philip Wheeler continues to have problems with a sore knee. If surgery is deemed necessary for the former Alabama State defensive back, the recovery time could be extensive. He missed playing time during training camp and the early portion of the 2007 season due to an ankle injury.

He has been serving as a backup to starter Gary Brackett at middle linebacker.

-LB Gary Brackett might be back on the practice field soon.

-CB Michael Coe suffered a knee injury practice late in the week. Coe may require surgery fairly soon that could sideline him for awhile.

-DE Marcus Howard (fifth round) figures to be a key backup to starters Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. With the move of DE/DT Raheem Brock for more work at end, Howard will be in the mix as a pass-rush specialist.

-TE Tom Santi (sixth round) has yet to practice and has been placed on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list. He had surgery before training camp due to an infected bursa sac in his knee. He was forced to return early from the NFL's rookie symposium in San Diego in order to receive treatment for the knee.

-C Steve Justice (sixth round) is the No. 1 backup to starter Jeff Saturday. A hard worker who never complains and has done a good job of picking up the team's blocking schemes.

-WR Pierre Garcon (sixth round) is getting a long look as both a receiver and as a kick returner. He is definitely more than just a track guy playing football as he has displayed good hands as a receiver and plenty of smarts on the practice field.

Houston Texans

-CB Dunta Robinson was placed on the training camp PUP and he is expected to start the season on the PUP as well. His rehabilitation is going well and the coaches are optimistic he will contribute in the second half of the year.

-LT Duane Brown has struggled to deal with the heat at times, and he's trying to lose about 10 pounds to put him at 315. But overall, he's taking a lot of reps each day and lining up with the first team.

-DT Frank Okam is fitting in well. He is working at nose tackle and as a three-technique tackle. He mostly rushed the passer inside at Texas, but the coaches see him more as a run stopper in the NFL.

-RB Steve Slaton is already a fan favorite. He has big-time speed the other running backs lack. He's still slated to be a third-down back.

-CB Antwaun Molden is really turning some heads. He's quickly moving up the depth chart. He has good speed and great instincts.

-QB Alex Brink is competing for the No. 3 quarterback job with Shane Boyd. They will see significant playing time in the next two weeks. One will likely play against Denver and the other will play against the Saints.

-WR Andre Johnson said his groin tightened up on him when he was running a route but that he wasn't worried about it being anything serious. He rejoined his teammates at the post-practice huddle and signed autographs for fans afterward.

"Normally when you have a pull or something, you can tell when you're running by the way it feels," Johnson said. "I didn't feel anything pop or anything like that. I just felt it tighten up real tight on me. When I felt that, I just slowed down. I didn't feel a pop or anything like that afterward, so like I said, I'm fine. I'll get treatment for a few days and I'll be fine."

He is catching everything thrown to him and beating the defensive backs consistently. He is making it easy to forget that he missed seven games with a knee injury last season. The Texans are still nervous he will have a setback or that another injury will creep up, mainly because he is looking so strong when he is on the field.

-LB Kevin Bentley is now working at middle linebacker so that he can back up DeMeco Ryans if necessary.

-RB Mike Bell was signed to a contract last week. He is to fill in for Chris Brown, who has missed practice with back spasms. He knows the system well, but he has struggled to keep up with the rest of the team since he is out of shape.

-G Mike Brisiel is working at center as well as right guard in case he would ever need to play center in the midst of a game -- depending on who the Texans suit up.

-RB Chris Brown has missed a significant amount of practice because of back spasms but coaches hope it is not a long-term issue and that he will be back on the field this week.

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