AFC South preseason player grades, Week 3

Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide context for the prior week's on-field action.

Below, find report cards for one key player from each AFC South team following Week 3's preseason action.


HOUSTON TEXANS: Will Fuller, wide receiver. The Texans' passing game is showing explosive potential, with Fuller and fellow rookie Braxton Miller carving out roles as complementary playmakers opposite Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Fuller in particular has started to deliver splash plays as a vertical threat on the outside. He finished Sunday against the Cardinals with three receptions for 67 yards, including a pair of home runs (a 35-yard catch and a 26-yard touchdown) on fade routes along the boundary. Fuller's speed and burst were considered his biggest strengths as a prospect, but concerns about his hands threatened his draft status. After coming up with big plays in back to back games on outstanding over-the-shoulder grabs, the first-rounder's ball skills aren't a question mark heading into the season. GRADE: A

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Robert Turbin, running back. The Colts need to find an effective runner behind Frank Gore to ignite the team's sagging running game. Turbin could be the guy after solidifying his status as the team's RB2 with an effective performance in a limited role against the Eagles on Saturday (in addition to picking up 24 yards on four carries, Turbin had an 81-yard touchdown run called back by a holding penalty). The 5-foot-10, 225-pounder runs with power and a tenacity that could bolster an offense that's looking to be more physical in 2016. Although the Colts' offensive line is currently a mess due to injuries and inexperience -- as evidenced by their disappointing showing against the Eagles (Andrew Luck was sacked three times and the ground game was limited to 39 yards) -- Turbin's hard-nosed running style could mask their inefficiencies at the point of attack. GRADE: B-

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Yannick Ngakoue, defensive end. The rookie pass rusher was expected to play a limited role, but Ngakoue has flashed enough during the preseason to merit consideration as a base-package defender. The third-round pick started in front of Dante Fowler Jr. on Sunday and handled his business against the Bengals without fanfare. He finished the night with a pair of tackles and displayed a nice blend of energy and athleticism off the edge. Considering his solid play to this point, Ngakoue should see plenty of time as a situational defender in Year 1. GRADE: B

TENNESSEE TITANS: Derrick Henry, running back. The big-bodied runner will be a major factor for the Titans as a hammer between the tackles. The second-round pick continues to bully opponents with his rugged running style, as evidenced by his 12-carry, 49-yard effort against the Raiders on Saturday. He runs through tacklers in the hole but flashes better-than-anticipated footwork and lateral quickness. Henry uses a nifty jump-cut to skip into creases, showing remarkable agility for a 6-3, 247-pound runner. With Henry looking like an effective complement to veteran DeMarco Murray, the Titans' running game will be a problem for defensive coordinators around the league. GRADE: B+