Brown becoming bigger factor in Colts' ground game

Posted Sept. 25, 2010 @ 8:22 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

We've heard the following whispers emanating from the AFC South recently:

• Colts RB Donald Brown had his best game as a pro in Week Two, carrying the ball 16 times for 69 yards and a TD. Brown is finally getting healthy and will become more involved in the offense in non-passing situations — running mate Joseph Addai is a much more accomplished pass blocker. The way we hear it, one thing Brown is still working on is hitting the hole precisely when it opens instead of having happy feet in the backfield, but he should improve with experience.

• The way we hear it, Jaguars second-year DT Terrance Knighton is not performing as well as the team expected after his successful rookie campaign. According to a league observer speaking on condition of anonymity, Knighton, who struggled getting his weight under control in the offseason, is not showing the dedication necessary to become an elite player.

• Titans DE Jason Babin says he likes the Titans' emphasis on rotating their defensive ends to keep them fresh. "It's amazing," Babin told PFW. "You don't have to worry about, 'Oh, I've got 70 plays — I'll pull up here.' It's wide open whenever you're on the field. You're 100 percent. You're literally trying to make every play. And then you get tired — well, guess what — come out, catch your breath, go back in. You can't ask for much more than that."

• One of the points to take away to take away from Titans QB Vince Young's benching in the Week Two loss to Pittsburgh was that head coach Jeff Fisher said "(there) is no quarterback controversy," that Young was his starter going forward. Two silver linings were that Young showed accountability after the loss, saying to put his poor performance, which included three turnovers, "on me." He also bounced back with a good week of practice leading up to the Week Three game at the Giants, Fisher told reporters on Sept. 24. We hear the Titans believe Young will handle adversity better than in the past.