Gridiron Gab Links – AFC Afternoon Edition 8/3

The Titans REALLY want Jake Locker to be their starting QB on opening day to turn the page from last years band-aid, Matt Hasselbeck. Here’s the problem, he’s still showing major signs of growing pains. – CBS Sports

Of course it’s a WR that’s still holding out as camp opens, and it’s Jags first-round pick Justin Blackmon. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said he is having “healthy communication’’ with Todd France, Blackmon’s agent. – Florida Times Union

With rookie Ryan Tannehill secure in his roter spot, it appears that both Matt Moore and David Garrard are fighting not only for the backup spot, but it looks like one of them may be off the roster by the start of the season. – Palm Beach Post

Mark Ambrogi of the Indianapolis Star says look out for new Colts RB Vick Ballard, who so far in camp has been nothing but steady for his new team that sorely needs quality running back play. – Indianapolis Star

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis said his recent arrest for allegedly failing to pay child support was a “misunderstanding.” Of course it was Jamal, aren’t they all? – BaltimoreGridironReport

Last season Aaron Hernandez suddenly became a running back in the later stages of the postseason for the Patriots. Will he get more touches in 2012, and if so, how will that effect the Pats offense? – PatriotsGab


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