Shifting our attention from the NFC to the AFC, we take a look at the AFC South before season begins.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars took several blows to the chest this offseason.
DE Yannick Ngakoue was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a second and conditional fifth-round pick earlier today. Ngakoue told the team that he had no intention of staying long-term despite placing a non-exclusive franchise tag on him.
The team also hasn’t recovered since trading two-time Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams last season. The rushing defense is still non-existent and locker room tension rises during the team’s rebuild.
Jacksonville isn’t at a point where they can be considered contenders.
3. Houston Texans
The move doesn’t look great but Houston did gain WR Bradin Cooks in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams. Pair Cooks with WR Randall Cobb, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and the team may just stir up some magic.
You can’t help but feel for QB DeShaun Watson as he tries to hold the offense together.
This team doesn’t seem to have the talent, or chemistry, to stand out in 2020.
2. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts signed Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers this offseason on a one-year deal.
Rivers, coming off of possibly the worst season of his career, will be providing more experience in the role compared to QB Jacoby Brissett.
WR Michael Pittman of USC was drafted to add on to the WR pool of T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal for Rivers. Players such as Parris Campbell, Devin Funchess and Daurice Fountain look to return to a year without injuries.
The offensive line will also aid in the Colts run this season as it is arguably the best in the league.
Indianapolis took the necessary steps in building up their defense this year. One of the biggest additions comes from CB Xavier Rhodes of the Minnesota Vikings.
The 2020 season will largely depend on Rivers and his performance with what is left in the tank.
1. Tennessee Titans
The Titans finished second in the AFC South last season with a 9-7 record before making a run in playoffs. Tennessee defeated the New England Patriots in the Wild Card and Ravens in the Divisional before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Conference Championships.
The team was incentivized to reward QB Ryan Tannehill and RB Derrick Henry after they were recognized as large parts of last season’s success. Tannehill signed a four-year contract extension while the franchise tag was used on Henry.
In a perfect 2020 world, the Titans will enter with the same level as competition that they ended last season with.
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