AFC South Preview: Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

The AFC South is a talent packed division, but the question is who will step up and claim the division title in 2014?

 

Source: Troy Taormina/ USA Today Sports

Source: Troy Taormina/ USA Today Sports

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

The standout of this division last year was without a doubt the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Despite having only been in the league for just two years, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck looks destined for greatness with his ability to throw from the pocket and run with the ball.

 

Expect him to flourish again, especially with Hakeem Nicks being added to his already strong group of wide receivers.

 

Another possible weapon at the disposal of offensive coordinator will be the 1-2 punch of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw at the running back position.

 

If they can survive against the Texans, expect Luck and the Colts offense to put up a substantial amount of points this season.

 

The Colts defense has been in great form in the pre-season and expect their run defense to improve this year with Arthur Jones and Josh Chapman in seriously damaging form.

 

Houston Texans

 

The Texans seemingly fell off a cliff in the 2013 season, so they will be looking for a dramatic improvement on both sides of the ball.

 

A poor season saw the Texans land the number one draft pick in the 2014 draft and in an obvious decision they chose South Carolina linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and the talented youngster has looked right at home in the pre-season.

 

Clowney will be lining up on the same side as the now highest paid defensive player in the history of the game J.J. Watt.

 

Expect these two to wreak havoc with opposition offensive lineman and quarterbacks.

 

While the defense is looking good, new head coach Bill O’Brien will be looking to piece the Texans offense back together.

 

With former quarterback Matt Schaub departing at the end of the 2013 season, the Texans went in search of a new quarterback.

 

After not using any early draft picks to land a rookie quarterback, Houston went out and signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Mallett to fill the void left by Schaub.

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Times are tough in Tenessee, but they look as if they could be in for a small improvement in the 2014 season.

 

A lot of the Titans possible success in 2014 will rely squarely on the shoulders of their young quarterback Jake Locker.

 

After trouble with injury over recent season, Locker will be looking for a big season.

 

Expect him to have a little more time in the pocket after the Titans picked up Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan with the 11th pick in the most recent draft.

 

With their second pick in the draft, Tennessee added some depth at running back by selecting Bishop Sankey from Washington.

 

While he is known for his offensive creativity, new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt will be looking to sure up his team’s defense if they are to win many games this year.

 

If they are able to do this, expect Sammie Hill, Derrick Morgan, and Zach Brown to have big seasons.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

The men from Jacksonville have had it tough over the past few years, but expect them to start heading on an upward trajectory in the 2014 season.

 

After a poor 2013 season, the Jaguars were given the third pick in the 2014 draft and with that selection they surprised many by taking young quarterback Blake Bortles.

 

Touted by many as having the most potential to be an NFL quarterback, the Jaguars took him with one eye towards the future of their franchise.

 

Despite the hype around Bortles, Chad Henne won the battle to take the first snap of the season come week one.

 

Expect there to be plenty of pressure on Henne if he under performs with Bortles waiting in the wings.

 

Another coup for the Jaguars was landing Marqise Lee from USC  with the 39th pick.

 

Expect him to make an instant impact at the highest level of the game.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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