We've been hearing the following whispers from around the AFC South:
• Undrafted rookie WR Blair White figures to be more involved in the offense while Austin Collie recovers from thumb surgery. We're hearing a lot of the same things about White this season that we were hearing about Collie in his rookie season a year ago. White is a hard worker and is developing a very nice rapport with Peyton Manning. He has a good shot to step in and be productive.
• After a torrid start to the season, Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis has struggled holding on to the football recently. The way we hear it, Lewis has been pressing, looking to get downfield before he secures the football.
• The Colts signed second-year S Chip Vaughn last week to add depth to the team's thinnest position. Vaughn, a fourth-round pick by the Saints in 2009, possesses intriguing upside and looks the part, but he does not have great instincts and had trouble grasping Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' complex system.
• The loss of ORT Eben Britton for the season due to a shoulder injury is a big blow for the Jaguars. Britton was hampered by a calf injury throughout training camp and the preseason and never really got going this season. The drop-off to veteran Jordan Black is not great, but losing the rest of the season to develop the young Britton is disappointing.
• Leading up to the Week Eight game at Indianapolis, Texans SS Bernard Pollard — who has played a major role in the club's defensive turnaround last season — said he's been trying to do too much and needs to pick up his play as the Houston secondary tries to rebound from a poor start defending the pass. "I have to step up and make plays," he told Houston reporters. "I really do. I have to make plays, but I'm not going to press it, because pressing it, the last six weeks, that's what happens when you press it. We have too many guys pressing, and you've got more than one guy or even when you have one guy pressing — it's just about one guy messing up in the secondary and it's always a touchdown." Being assignment-sound is vital for the Texans' defense. The club had major problems stopping the run at the beginning of the '09 season because of blown assignments, among other factors.