AFC South

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1. Tennessee Titans

This will likely be the last hurrah with QB Ryan Tannehill after last years disappointing exit in the playoffs.

2. Indianapolis Colts

Indy is starting over again at quarterback with a former MVP in Matt Ryan.

3. Houston Texans

It doesn’t mean much, but they actually had moments last season that bode well in their rebuild.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Other than being responsible for the influx of cash being spent on wide receivers this offseason, it’s the same old Jaguars.

Head Coach: Mike Vrabel

Key Position: Wide Receiver

Injuries were a major problem for this unit last season. When they were healthy, nothing seemed to mesh when it matter most. With the departure of A.J. Brown, in steps his replacement in first round pick Treylon Burks. Robert Woods was also acquired in a trade from the Rams, but he is coming an ACL tear. Austin Hooper should be able to resurrect his pass-catching prowess from the tight end spot. This will be an interesting year for the Titans offense as they try to find some balance with RB Derrick Henry.

Key Acquisitions: TE Austin Hooper (Cleveland Browns), WR Robert Woods (LA Rams)

Key Rookies: WR Treylon Burks, CB Roger McCreary, OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, TE Chigoziem Okonkwo

Head Coach: Frank Reich

Key Position: Defense

They were a middle of the pack kind of defense last year. They wreaked havoc in causing turnovers as they were tied atop the league with a +14 turnover margin. But they were near the bottom in total sacks with 33 and were wildly inconsistent down the stretch last season. The two big acquisitions in Stephon Gilmore and Yannick Ngakoue should help this unit get near the top in total sacks and pass defense. Also hiring Gus Bradley as the new defensive coordinator isn’t bad either.

Key Acquisitions: CB Brandon Facyson (Las Vegas Raiders), QB Nick Foles (Chicago Bears), CB Stephon Gilmore (Carolina Panthers), S Rodney McLeod (Philadelphia Eagles), DE Yannick Ngakoue (Las Vegas Raiders), QB Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)

Key Rookies: WR Alec Pierce, TE Jelani Woods, OT Bernhard Raimann, S Nick Cross

Head Coach: Lovie Smith (Defensive Coordinator)

Key Position: Everything

They have completed the dismantling of the previous regimes roster by trading away Deshaun Watson. QB Davis Mills actually showed to be a solid passer for Houston and will be given ample opportunity to develop. RB Dameon Pierce has won the running back job and could be a potential rookie of the year candidate. The defense has a lot of work left in the rebuild, but drafting Derek Stingley and Jalen Pitre should help accelerate that timeline.

Key Acquisitions: TE O.J. Howard (Buffalo Bills), DE Mario Addison (Buffalo Bills), DE Jerry Hughes (Buffalo Bills), CB Steven Nelson (Philadelphia Eagles)

Key Rookies: CB Derek Stingley Jr., OG Kenyon Green, S Jalen Pitre, RB Dameon Pierce

Head Coach: Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)

Key Position: Everything

They went on a spending spree that single handedly altered the wide receiver market for the entire league with the contract they gave Christian Kirk. Now the pressure will be on Kirk to have career seasons with that contract. QB Trevor Lawrence certainly has more to work with and having Brandon Scherff added to the o-line isn’t bad either. The defense could be the most improved unit with an emerging pass rusher in Josh Allen now being paired with the number one overall pick in Travon Walker. LB Devin Lloyd could be the steal of the 2022 draft.

Key Acquisitions: TE Evan Engram (NY Giants), WR Zay Jones (Las Vegas Raiders), WR Christian Kirk (Arizona Cardinals), OG Brandon Scherff (Washington Commanders), CB Darious Williams (LA Rams), LB Foyesade Oluokun (Atlanta Falcons)

Key Rookies: LB Travon Walker, LB Devin Lloyd, C Luke Fortner

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