What do you need? AFC South

//What do you need? AFC South

What do you need? AFC South

What do you need?

That is the question our own Mac Morey will answer over the next few weeks as he tells you what each team in the NFL needs to go to the next level.

He got things started off with the AFC West buy taking a look at what the Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders and Broncos need to add to compete for a super bowl in 2018.

We stay in the AFC for our second division preview, but we are one to the South. As Mac tells us what the Titans, Jags, Texans and Colts need to do to take their team to the next level.

 Titans – Linebacker

The Tennessee Titans ranked in the bottom five in pass yards allowed per game in 2017.

Since Free Agency has opened up, the Titans have gotten aggressive in fixing that issue by adding former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.

That along with a good depth pickup in Demontre Hurst this secondary has really beefed itself up.

However, the front seven lacks depth and youth.

Especially, at the middle linebacker position.

Avery Williamson, who the Titans picked in the fifth round of the 2014 draft just signed a three year deal worth 22.5 million with 16 million in guaranteed money with the Jets.

That is a huge loss for this team because Wesley Woodyard is now 31 years of age and now is need of a big hitting partner who can provide the speed that Williamson provided in the middle.

It’s not just inside that is getting older either, other than the undrafted free agent Daren Bates who is 23, they do not have another linebacker who is younger than 28.

If this position gets upgraded with one of the names hovering in free agency like Kevin Minter, Will Compton or even Perry Riley who is still 29 and has valuable years left and then address it in the draft as well, this defense has a bright future.

 Jacksonville – Wide Receiver

For Jacksonville, the need is pretty obvious now that they have committed to Black Bortles long term.

They need to put weapons around him.

This team lacks a real receiving threat now that they have lost Allan Robinson and are set to see Allen Hurns walk away fairly soon as well.

Julius Thomas is not a down the field threat in any way and is best utilized as a blocker at this point in his career.

Dede Westbrook and Marquis Lee are not enough for that offense to be as productive as it was last year, which in passing offense was middling at 18th in the league for passing yards per game.

Not to mention if they neglect to add another option on offense in free agency Leonard Fournette will suffer as well. A good passing game enables the run game to reach its full potential and Fournette at his full potential is a scary thought.

 

Houston – Offensive Line

This is a glaring problem for the Texans right now.

They ranked dead last as an offensive line last season and Deshaun Watson as well as Tom Savage felt that.

They were both pressured on over 45 percent of dropbacks which was by far the most of any other quarterbacks in the league.

They also allowed the most sacks in the league with 35.

Breno Giacomini, the right tackle that the Texans signed last year to help out the O-line underperformed during the 2017 season and has now signed a new contract with the Oakland Raiders.

This Texans team must get the guys upfront to protect Watson if they want a chance in this up and coming division.

 

Indianapolis – Offensive Line

For Indianapolis it is tough to narrow down what they need most.

This is a franchise that needs to figure out what their plan of action is with Andrew Luck.

If he is the future and is going to be able to actually step on the field this season an be the QB this team needs then the positions is not in need.

Other than wide receiver TY Hilton that unit is extremely thin especially with losing Donte Moncrief.

I could go on like this for almost every position for either side of the ball for this team and that is why I say offensive line.

Building up a good offensive line gives so much more potential to an offense without any real stars.

They have Anthony Castonzo as their cornerstone and Ryan Clark along with Le’Raven Clark inside as young promising lineman is a solid start.

This organization needs to construct a patient rebuild and put this team back together piece by piece.

Written by: Mac Morey

Edited by: Sam Forman

 

2018-03-28T11:43:39+00:00