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AFC South rivals


Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars

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Houston Texans

Signed: Matt Kalil, left tackle. Tashaun Gipson, security. Bradley Roby, cornerback.

Lost: Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver. Kevin Johnson, cornerback. Tyrann Mathieu, security. Kareem Jackson, secondary. Kendall Lamm, tackle

The Texans added players in the very same position they lost. Nevertheless, the new acquisitions are significantly worse than the players they are replacing. Gipson is nowhere close to the talent level of Mathieu, and Kareem Jackson is a a lot a lot more constant player than Bradley Roby. The reality that this group nevertheless requirements to sign franchise pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney to a lengthy-term contract ought to have also been influential in a slow totally free-agency.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed: Nick Foles, quarterback. Jake Ryan, linebacker. Chris Conley, receiver. Geoff Swaim, tight finish.

Lost: Malik Jackson, defensive tackle. Blake Bortles, quarterback. T.J Yeldon, operating back. Tashaun Gipson, security. Donte Moncrief, receiver.

Nick Foles got a large contract from the Jaguars, in what was maybe the riskiest move of totally free-agency. The Jaguars’ future depends solely on a single query: “Which Foles are they finding?” Do they get the Super Bowl champion with an remarkable playoff magic and winning pedigree, or do they get the quarterback that went four-7 as the Rams starter, with 7 touchdowns and 10 picks?

Tennessee Titans

Signed: Rodger Saffold, guard. Adam Humphries, receiver. Cameron Wake, defensive finish.

Lost: Josh Kline, guard. Luke Stocker, tight finish.

The Titans produced Saffold the highest paid guard in the League, a bold move for an individual not named Quenton Nelson or Zach Martin. They also gave a significant contract to slot receiver Adam Humphries. They did not drop any important quantity of talent, so if Mariota lastly develops into a franchise quarterback they could transform into a harmful group, but recognizing the Titans, almost everything that could go incorrect will go incorrect, and they will rot away in mediocrity.

AFC Playoff rivals


Divisional Round - Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots

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New England Patriots

Signed: Mike Pennel, defensive finish. Brandon Bolden, operating back. Matt LaCosse, tight finish. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, tight finish.

Lost: Trey Flowers, defensive finish. Eric Rowe, cornerback. Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver/returner. Trent Brown, left tackle. Malcolm Brown, defensive tackle. Dwayne Allen, tight finish. Rob Gronkowski (R), tight finish

When once more, totally free-agency comes and goes and it appears like the Patriots lost almost all of their talent though signing lots of scrubs and trash from other teams. Studying from previous blunders, I will not judge what appears like a single of the worst offseasons in Patriots history, so when Matt LaCosse posts a 50/750/eight line subsequent season it appears like I knew it would come about.

Kansas City Chiefs

Signed: Tyrann Mathieu, security. Alex Okafor, defensive finish. Damien Wilson, outdoors linebacker. Bashaud Breeland, cornerback.

Lost: Eric Berry, security. Justin Houston, outdoors linebacker. Dee Ford, outdoors linebacker. Mitch Morse, center. Steven Nelson, cornerback. Chris Conley, receiver. Kareem Hunt, operating back[ad_1]

The Chiefs defense lost an alarming quantity of talent and longtime franchise players. Signing Tyrann Mathieu aids, but the loss of players like Berry, Houston and Ford will certainly hurt the culture and general talent of the defense. The Chiefs also lost beginning cornerback Steven Nelson and beginning center Mitch Morse. Kansas may be the group that lost the most talent in totally free-agency. Moreover, star wide receiver Tyreek Hill could be suspended due to domestic violence. Ouch.

Los Angeles Chargers

Signed: Tyrod Taylor, quarterback. Thomas Davis, linebacker.

Lost: Jason Verrett, cornerback. Tyrell Williams, wide receiver. Darius Philon, defensive tackle.

All round it was a quiet totally free-agency for the Chargers. Thomas Davis is a good addition to the linebacker group and will present some a lot necessary leadership on the defensive side of the ball. Losing #two receiver Tyrell Williams hurts the offense, as he was extremely productive in his contract year. Philon and Verrett had been good defensive pieces, but they had been not critical.

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: Mark Ingram, operating back. Earl Thomas, security. Justin Bethel, cornerback.

Lost: C.J Mosley, linebacker. Za’Darius Smith, outdoors linebacker. John Brown, receiver. Eric Weddle, security. Terrell Suggs, outdoors linebacker.

The Ravens signed Ingram to be the energy operating back their offense desperately necessary, and he will kind a good duo with Lamar Jackson. Earl Thomas has not been the very same player he was ahead of but can nevertheless present above-typical play at security. Nevertheless, this group lost and absurd quantity of talent on defense. Losing four starters on a single side of the ball is insane. Mosley was a single of the ideal linebackers in the NFL. Smith was a incredibly productive pass rusher, and Suggs and Weddle had been strong veteran presences.

Emerging threats


New York Jets v Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns

Signed: Odell Beckham Jr. (trade), wide receiver. Olivier Vernon (trade), defensive finish. Sheldon Richardson, defensive finish. Morgan Burnett, security. Kendall Lamm, tackle. Kareem Hunt, operating back.

Lost: Tyrod Taylor, quarterback. Breshad Perriman, receiver. E.J Gaines, cornerback.

The Browns are becoming labeled as a single of the largest winners in the off-season just after trading for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, and also finding Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson and Kareem Hunt (just after an eight game suspension). In the course of action, they lost backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Breshad Perriman and E.J Gaines, none of these are significant losses. On paper, the Browns may appear like Super Bowl contenders, but taking a deeper appear, there are some causes for concern. Baker Mayfield went 1-five against teams above .500 final season. The Browns locker area is filled with significant egos, couple this along with a rookie head coach who may perhaps more than his head and you have a best recipe for disaster. In case you did not notice, I am not sold on the Browns just but.

New York Jets

Signed: Le’Veon Bell, operating back. C.J Mosley, linebacker. Jamison Crowder, wide receiver. Chandler Catanzaro, kicker

Lost: James Carpenter, guard. Buster Skrine, cornerback. Jason Myers, kicker. Spencer Extended, center. Mike Pennel, defensive finish.

The Jets had been by far totally free-agency’s largest spenders. Bell and Mosley are game-altering talents, and had been paid as such. Crowder is a strong receiver who will assistance Darnold promptly. On the downside, the Jets lost an remarkable quantity of depth, though they did not resolve their largest issues (offensive line, secondary). The Jets lost two crucial members of the offensive line in Carpenter and Extended, though also losing often trustworthy kicker Jason Myers, and strong depth defensive players Pennel and Skrine.


All round, the rest of the AFC got a lot weaker in my opinion. The largest rivals lost lots of starters and strong talent, though the emerging threats nevertheless have lots of queries to answer ahead of becoming regarded significant contenders. If Chris Ballard drafts one more strong class with instant contributors, then the Colts could surprisingly have a single of the ideal all- about rosters in the whole AFC. (Now that is a sentence I believed I would not create in a lengthy time)

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