RTC: Quiet rookie season over for Branch

December, 19, 2012
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Houston Texans

Texas used to be known for producing running backs. And while Adrian Peterson adds to the list, it’s Lone Star State quarterbacks that are a major export now, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

High school quarterbacks throw a lot more passes than they used to, which is a big reason the state is producing so many quality players at the position, says Randy Harvey of the Chronicle.

To which I say: We looked at how summer seven-on-seven ball helped Andrew Luck get early experience back in April.

Indianapolis Colts

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl hopes Chuck Pagano won’t push to return from cancer treatment too soon, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.

To which I say: It's hard to know what the right thing is, and I have no issue trusting that Pagano will know and do what is right for him and for the team.

Take Luck out of the equation and who’s the Colts’ MVP, asks Phillip B. Wilson? No. 1 on his list of five is the clear choice: Reggie Wayne.

Colts players spent time and money helping out underprivileged youth, says Phil Richards of the Star.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars made nine roster moves, including putting rookie defensive end Andre Branch on injured reserve, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

To which I say: The Jaguars were counting on a spark from Branch as a rookie. But he was mostly silent in his rookie season, which ends with a thud.

Offensive line changes are a constant for the Jaguars, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.

O’Halloran’s referee and penalty report.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans' defense has been trending in the right direction in the second half of season, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: The defensive improvement will be a major selling point for Mike Munchak keeping his job. Will it be enough to keep Jerry Gray in place as the defensive coordinator?

Jake Locker is throwing and running in fast company, but it’s too early to judge him by the company he keeps, says David Climer of The Tennessean.

Kevin Matthews is the fifth Titans offensive lineman heading for IR, says Wyatt.

Paul Kuharsky | email

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