AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

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When the Colts traded for veteran QB Matt Ryan, both sides had different expectations.

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Indianapolis thought they were getting a reliable veteran and Ryan thought he’d be the final piece to an excellent team with a strong offensive line and run game to rely on. Instead, the line has been porous and Ryan has cracked under pressure.

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“It has been harder, I think, than any of us would’ve anticipated,” Ryan said via ESPN’s Stephen Holder. “I felt confident coming into the year … But I’ve also learned you just never know how things are going to shake out.”

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Ultimately the poor play led to Ryan being benched not just once, but twice, which is shaping to be an ignominious end to an otherwise strong career.

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“There is a little bit of that surprise and shock at the beginning,” Ryan said, “but it’s a decision they had to make, and as a player, as a teammate, you have to move forward.”

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JAGUARS – Jaguars HC Doug Pederson said he is not considering benching their starters for Week 17 against the Texans: “There is never a meaningless game.” (ProFootballTalk)

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TITANS – ESPN’s Dan Graziano points out the Titans rested RB Derrick Henry a few years ago in a similar situation where they had a meaningless game before a potential playoff-clinching regular-season finale.

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– The team listed Henry as doubtful with a hip injury on their injury report for Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys.

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