Rickie Fowler and Justin Blackmon, the first-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, talked about spending the week together at The Players Championship, but Blackmon had a bigger commitment — getting ready for football. The two former Oklahoma State athletes forged a friendship two years ago when they were Cowboys, and both seemed destined to be superstars in their chosen professions.
It was overwhelming at times. Jeremiah Brownwon’t say it wasn’t, but that overwhelmed feeling he had early last weekend vanished fast. Because when Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey opened a three-day rookie mini-camp this past weekend – a weekend that essentially was a tryout for Brown and many others – by saying all players would be evaluated equally, Brown did something significant.
Earlier this week, Texans owner Bob McNair talked about negotiating contract extensions for coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith. That got me thinking: Who are the AFC South players who need contract extensions before they get anywhere close to an expired contract at the start of the 2013 league year?