Updated Oct. 24, 2010 @ 4:11 p.m. ET
Following are several whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC South:
• The Colts were very pleased with the debut in the starting lineup of rookie LB Pat Angerer, who replaced Gary Brackett (groin) in Week Six. Not only was Angerer very active, recording 11 tackles, a sack and two passes defensed, we hear his ability to get the plays in and get the defense lined up was even more impressive.
• CB Rashean Mathis is healthier than he has been in years, but he has not played well this season. Mathis was beaten badly by Bills WR Steve Johnson for a pair of TDs in Week Five, and his struggles continued in Week Seven against Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who got behind Mathis on a 53-yd TD — one of several coverage breakdowns by the veteran corner in the game. Mathis skipped OTAs to voice his displeasure over his current contract that expires after the 2011 season, and he has done very little to prove that he should receive a new deal.
• The Titans are pleased with the way rookie WR Damian Williams is developing, we're told. Williams has received more opportunities recently with Justin Gage missing Weeks Five and Six with a hamstring injury, and he has made the most of them. Williams has moved ahead of veteran Lavelle Hawkins in the pecking order for playing time and may continue to get some opportunities even when Gage returns, the way we hear it. Williams can play every WR spot in the Tennessee offense, which has helped his cause.
• Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said No. 3 QB Matt Leinart, signed in September, has responded well to teaching, to this point. "He's taken to how we teach a quarterback with his feet and how to read with his feet." Kubiak said during the team's bye week. "He's getting more comfortable. He's got a lot of confidence as a person. He's got that 'it' factor when people are around him. You could see it. I'm excited about the direction of his career. I'm happy to have him." Of the competition between Leinart and Dan Orlovsky, who's been the top backup to Matt Schaub thus far, Kubiak said of Leinart, "He continues to push (Orlovsky) every day."