AFC South Blog
Considered by many to be the best running back option that will be available when free agency starts Tuesday afternoon, Ben Tate wanted to make it known that he sees himself as an elite NFL back and that whoever signs him will not be sorry. He also made it clear that he sees his time with the Texans as over. "I'm very grateful for the Texans selecting me and giving me an opportunity coming out of college," Tate said. "Without a doubt I'm very grateful for that. I just see it as a chapter closing in my life and opening a new chapter."
Is Denard Robinson, at barely 6 feet tall and less than 200 pounds, really built to be a traditional running back in the NFL? Others have had success at that size -- Jamaal Charles immediately comes to mind -- but players who are that slight of build usually don't last long at that position. However, the Jaguars want to see if Robinson can handle the job and be more than a gimmick player.
Robinson was barely anything as a rookie in 2013 as he carried the ball 20 times for 66 yards in 16 games. He played a total of 52 snaps. But head coach Gus Bradley said this past weekend that "I don't think [Robinson] is a gimmick guy. He can maybe run outside zone and get to the point where he runs north. But how can you tell off 10 runs?"
Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union wrote that Robinson will be "given ample opportunities to prove he can be an NFL running back" during the preseason.
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is 35 years old. Players of that age don't exactly recover quickly from major knee injuries, but general manager Ryan Grigson said last week that he expects Wayne to be good to go when the team opens training camp. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Wayne "is working hard to get back." The 13-year vet tore his right ACL on Nov. 3 versus the Texans.