Houston Texans: Demaryius Thomas practiced Wednesday for the first time since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. Ironically, his first game with the Texans will be Sunday against the Broncos in Denver. After passing his Wednesday morning physical, Thomas turned his focus on learning the Houston offense as rapidly as possible. "My main thing is when I am in or when I get a chance, just know what I'm doing," Thomas said. "Don't go out and have mistakes to possibly hurt our team. Just getting into my playbook, doing everything the way that I'm supposed to correctly, trying to help us out to get a W." Thomas caught 665 passes for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns in 8 1/2 seasons with the Broncos before being dealt to Houston on Tuesday.
Indianapolis Colts: Receiver Dontrelle Inman made six catches in last Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders and will have a chance to carve out a role. The 29-year-old Inman didn't go to training camp with any team this summer and signed with the Colts on Oct. 16. "I was just waiting for the best opportunity for me, me and my family, and here it is," Inman told the Indianapolis Star. "If you believe in who you are, believe in the people that surround you and support you, good things will happen." A key factor leading to the signing of Inman was first-year Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was with the then-San Diego Chargers from 2013-15, the last two seasons as offensive coordinator. Inman played first three NFL seasons with the Chargers in 2014-16.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville has a bye this week after four consecutive losses. Due to concern with Blake Bortles' tender left shoulder, the club signed quarterback Landry Jones on Wednesday. Though the injury to Bortles' non-throwing shoulder isn't considered severe, the Jaguars wanted to add a third quarterback just in case he experiences a setback. Jones spent five seasons as a reserve with the Pittsburgh Steelers and passed for 1,310 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in 19 career games. Second-year pro Cody Kessler is the backup to Bortles, who has started 69 consecutive contests. The Jaguars meet the Indianapolis Colts following their bye.
Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Marcus Mariota has regained feeling in the fingers of his throwing hand and is leaning toward not wearing a glove when the Titans face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Mariota has been bothered by numbness and loss of feeling since injuring his elbow against the Miami Dolphins in the opening week of the season. He hasn't made excuses, despite the obvious issues with gripping the football, and he has just three touchdown passes against five interceptions as the Titans repeatedly have struggled in the red zone. "I think it's execution," Mariota said. "Making plays really, we haven't been very good down there. Yes, I give credit to the defenses that we've played. They've found ways to hold us out of the end zone. For what it's worth, that's what it is. We have to find ways to improve and get better."
--Field Level Media
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