With the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars both in complete rebuild mode, the AFC South is up for grabs between two teams.
1. Indianapolis Colts- Everyone is high on the Tennessee Titans to win the division, except for me. Jonathan Taylor was not only my favorite rookie to watch last year, but was one of my favorite players in the league. He actually looks similar to division rival running back, Derrick Henry. Both are big, strong running backs, but Taylor has better hands for reciving and I think he is more elusive. He will almost have to replicate his 1,468 yards and 12 touchdowns from last season to really give the offense a boost. Even though Carson Wentz was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list today, getting him in a new system will also be one of the interesting pieces for this team. The new environment will be good for him to get back to a high level of play like he has in the past. Last, but not least, the defense led by Darius Leonard will be a force for every team. I bet the Colts snag their first division title since 2014.
2. Tennessee Titans- The defense is the difference between the Colts and the Titans. The Titans did add Bud Dupree and Janoris Jenkins so I want to see how quickly they can mesh with the rest of the defense and make some noise. Derrick Henry is one of the most dominant running backs ever and we know we can expect great production from him. Expect Ryan Tannehill to be efficient and productive as always, last season he threw for over 3,000 yards with 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. He is truly one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the game today. Looking at the wide receivers the departure of Corey Davis was a hard hit but the team was able to bring in Julio Jones to pair with A.J. Brown to be a threat out wide.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- The battle for the basement between the Jags and the Texans is going to comical to watch. Since the NFL is based on the speed of how quickly you rack up points with a high powered offense, the Jags are better than the Texans in that department. Trevor Lawrence has had his bright spots in the preseason and I think he will be okay. Behind Jonathan Taylor, James Robinson was one of the best running backs last year in the entire league as a rookie finishing the season with over 1,000 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. The Jags also added Marvin Jones who might help take some of the load off of D.J. Chark who has been productive his last two seasons. Even though the defense has added some decent pieces, it needs lots of work. With first year NFL coach, Urban Meyer, a young but talented offense and a rebuilding defense, the writing seems to be on the wall in Jacksonville.
4. Houston Texans- The Texans were in complete rebuild mode last year, even with Deshaun Watson. Tyrod Taylor will be under center this year leading the offense and actually might have some decent depth at running back with David Johnson, Phillip Lindsay and Mark Ingram. On the other side of the ball, everyone knows the defense is a work in progress after losing a generational talent like J.J. Watt. Don’t expect anything big from Houston this year or in the near future for that matter.