Following are some whispers that we've been hearing from around the AFC South:
• Although it appeared that the Jaguars were set at receiver after Mike Sims-Walker had a breakout campaign in 2009 and the club drafted three promising wideouts in '09, we hear that it is a position that will need to be addressed again after the season. Sims-Walker has not played well in his contract year, and Mike Thomas is the only one of the three second-year players who has shown he can be counted on.
• As much as the Colts have missed RB Joseph Addai since he went down with a neck injury earlier this season, it could also end up being a blessing in disguise. Re-signing Addai is one of the Colts' bigger priorities next offseason, and his injury-shortened 2010 campaign might make doing so a bit more affordable.
• Reserve Texans TE Joel Dreessen has made the most of his increased playing time with Owen Daniels out of the lineup, catching multiple passes in each of the last five games, including a pair of touchdowns. Dreessen's blocking is also a major strength, we're told. Daniels is expected to return to the lineup for the Texans' pivotal Week 14 game vs. Baltimore.
• The way we hear it, the Jaguars were shocked that OLT Eugene Monroe failed a baseline concussion test the Friday before the Week 12 loss to the Giants. Monroe suffered what was called a minor concussion against the Browns, but the team assumed he would be ready the following Sunday. Monroe was sorely missed against the Giants, as his replacement, Guy Whimper, had a very difficult time protecting QB David Garrard's blind side.
• Texans CB Jason Allen led the club in tackles during extended playing time in place of rookie Kareem Jackson in Week 13. Although Jackson started, Allen played a major role in the defense. The club's first-round pick in April, Jackson has had a tough rookie season, though the team remains high on him.
• Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has indicated that rookie reserve CB Sherrick McManis could get more playing time in the weeks to come. However, it appears veteran backup Antwaun Molden still has some work to do as far as earning a bigger role on defense.