The Cheap Seats: Jags, Titans 2016 Division Favorites
A funny thing happened from 2015 on the way to the 2016 NFL season; the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans have become the favorites to win the AFC South THIS YEAR! Two teams that had 2 of the 5 worst records in all the NFL have turned their misfortunes into a crafty draft, after very fruitful off-seasons. These two cellar dwellers are about to flip the division upside down, and Indianapolis and Houston on their ears.
Anyone could see the wheels falling off the Colts wagon late last year. They still have Andrew Luck, but the supporting cast has become weak with age. They did address the O-line issue. 1st rounder C- Ryan Kelly from Bama and 3rd rd OT Le'Raven Clark from Texas Tech should help Luck stay upright, but S- T.J. Green was a reach. He'll either be boom or bust. That's a lot to risk in round 2. Not adding a solid pass rusher is the glaring weakness in a decent draft. A suspect D will return, so Luck will have to be damn near perfect to take the Colts to the playoffs. Expect the Colts to sink to the bottom of the AFC South in 2016.
Houston you have a problem. The Defense, once again, should be one of the better ones in all the league. The offense, once again, will struggle to get vertical. Getting blown out 30-0 in the playoffs made offense priority #!. Free agents Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler adds excitement to Texans football. The draft brought WR's Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. Two talented young receivers, but will have growing pains with a QB, that let's be honest, is facing his 1st full NFL season. Osweiler might be Joe Flacco, but he might just be Scott Mitchell.
Texans finish 3rd in a close race.
The Tennessee Titans have added an embarrassment of riches. Remember DeMarco Murray was traded for in the off-season, and then they add Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry RB Bama.
1st rd selection OT Jack Conklin Michigan State will keep the Titans from leading the league in sacks allowed again. That can only help the psyche and production for 2nd year starting QB Marcus Mariota. WR Tajae Sharpe will quickly become Mariota's favorite. He led the nation with 111 receptions last year. A chain mover that the Titan offense desperately needed. When you add MTSU S Kevin Byard, Clemson DE/LB Kevin Dodd and DT Austin Johnson the depth chart in Nashville is now starting to over flow. Tennessee climbs to 2nd with a wild card VERY possible.
Last, and no longer least, the Jacksonville Jaguars are ready to take that Chicago Cub-esque ascension to a division crown. For the last several years Jag Nation has been in hiding and the laughing stock of the league. Well, the skies have cleared, and the Jacksonville is ready to reap the rewards of drafting high for several seasons. FSU S Jalen Ramsey and UCLA LB Myles Jack were 2 of the top 5 best talents in this year's draft.
Ramsey will be the Cam Chancellor for Jacksonville that HC Gus Bradley has been searching for. Jack is a very athletic kid that also played some RB and receiver in college. He's that versatile. LB FA Malik Jackson and the addition of last year's injured #3 overall UF DE Dante Fowler means that D in Jax is gonna be hell-on-wheels. Combining that with QB Blake Bortles, and his aerial assault, is going to equate into one tough team to beat/ Get used to the sound of this: The Jacksonville Jaguars are your 2016 AFC South Division Champions..... And NOBODY will want to face these Cats come January!