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AFC South – 2018 Off-Season Transactions Sep 2018
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2018 NFL notable off-season transactions – AFC South



Houston Texans

Coaching/Front Office Changes:

Hired Brian Gaine to take over GM duties for Rick Smith. DC Romeo Crennel promoted to replace Mike Vrabel (now HC of Titans).

Player Additions:

CB Aaron Colvin
S Tyrann Mathieu
C Zach Fulton
G Senio Kelemete
OT Seantrel Henderson
CB Johnson Bademosi
WR Sammie Coates

Player Subtractions:

S Marcus Gilchrist
LB Brian Cushing
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

Draft:

Round 3 (4) – Justin Reid S – Stanford
Round 3 (16) – Martinas Rankin C – Mississippi State
Round 3 (34) – Jordan Akins TE – UCF
Round 4 (3) – Keke Coutee WR – Texas Tech
Round 6 (3) – Duke Ejiofor DE – Wake Forest
Round 6 (37) – Jordan Thomas TE – Mississippi State
Round 6 (40) – Peter Kalambayi OLB – Stanford
Round 7 (4) – Jermaine Kelly CB – San Jose State

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 320.0 (Rank: 20), Pass Yards/Gm – 204.9 (Rank: 21), Rush Yards/Gm – 115.1 (Rank: 14), Points/Gm – 21.1 (Rank: 17), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.89 (Rank: 20), Adjusted Sack Rate – 9.2% (Rank: 30)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 346.6 (Rank: 20), Pass Yards/Gm – 237.4 (Rank: 24), Rush Yards/Gm – 109.2 (Rank: 13), Points/Gm – 27.3 (Rank: 32), Fantasy Points/Gm – 5.19 (Rank: 28), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.86 (Rank: 8), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.2% (Rank: 21)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Deshaun Watson
RB: Lamar Miller
GLB: Lamar Miller
3RB: Lamar Miller
WR: DeAndre Hopkins
WR: Will Fuller
WR: Bruce Ellington
TE: Ryan Griffin

Notes:

O-line may be league worst and the secondary is problematic.
Overall very easy projected strength of schedule.
Rush offense projects as below average.
Pass offense projects as below average.
Rush defense projects as above average.
Pass defense projects as weak.
Slot CB Aaron Colvin is the best of this group.

Indianapolis Colts

Coaching Changes:

Hired HC Frank Reich, OC Nick Sirianni, and DC Matt Eberfluss to replace HC Chuck Pagano, OC Rob Chudzinski, and DC Ted Monachino.

Player Additions:

DE Denico Autry
TE Eric Ebron
WR Ryan Grant
G Matt Slauson
OT Austin Howard

Player Subtractions:

CB Vontae Davis
RB Frank Gore
WR Donte Moncrief
LB Barkevious Mingo
DT Johnathan Hankins
LB Jon Bostic
DE Henry Anderson

Draft:

Round 1 (6) – Quenton Nelson G – Notre Dame
Round 2 (4) – Darius Leonard OLB – South Carolina State
Round 2 (5) – Braden Smith G – Auburn
Round 2 (20) – Kemoko Turay DE – Rutgers
Round 2 (32) – Tyquan Lewis DE – Ohio State
Round 4 (4) – Nyheim Hines RB – NC State
Round 5 (22) – Daurice Fountain WR – Northern Iowa
Round 5 (32) – Jordan Wilkins RB – Ole Miss
Round 6 (11) – Deon Cain WR – Clemson
Round 7 (3) – Matthew Adams ILB – Houston
Round 7 (17) – Zaire Franklin ILB – Syracuse

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 284.6 (Rank: 31), Pass Yards/Gm – 180.8 (Rank: 30), Rush Yards/Gm – 103.8 (Rank: 22), Points/Gm – 16.4 (Rank: 30), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.98 (Rank: 18), Adjusted Sack Rate – 10.0% (Rank: 32)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 367.1 (Rank: 30), Pass Yards/Gm – 246.6 (Rank: 28), Rush Yards/Gm – 120.4 (Rank: 26), Points/Gm – 25.3 (Rank: 30), Fantasy Points/Gm – 5.5 (Rank: 27), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.09 (Rank: 15), Adjusted Sack Rate – 4.5% (Rank: 31)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Andrew Luck
RB: Marlon Mack
GLB: Marlon Mack
3RB: Nyheim Hines (R)
WR: T.Y. Hilton
WR: Ryan Grant
TE: Jack Doyle
TE: Eric Ebron

Notes:

RB committee situation is plausible. RB Robert Turbin is suspended for 4 games.
Overall soft projected strength of schedule and very easy against run defenses.
Rush offense projects as weak.
Pass offense projects as weak.
Rush defense projects as strong.
Pass defense projects as very weak.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Additions:

G Andrew Norwell
WR Donte Moncrief
TE Niles Paul
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
CB D.J. Hayden
S Cody Davis

Player Subtractions:

WR Allen Robinson
WR Allen Hurns
TE Marcedes Lewis
RB Chris Ivory
WR Arrelious Benn
TE Mychal Rivera
LB Paul Posluszny
G Patrick Omameh

Draft:

Round 1 (29) – Taven Bryan DT – Florida
Round 2 (29) – D.J. Chark WR – LSU
Round 3 (29) – Ronnie Harrison S – Alabama
Round 4 (29) – Will Richardson OT – NC State
Round 6 (29) – Tanner Lee QB – Nebraska
Round 7 (12) – Leon Jacobs OLB – Wisconsin
Round 7 (29) – Logan Cooke P – Mississippi State

Notable Injuries:

WR Marqise Lee (knee) – Placed on IR.

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 365.9 (Rank: 6), Pass Yards/Gm – 224.6 (Rank: 17), Rush Yards/Gm – 141.4 (Rank: 1), Points/Gm – 26.1 (Rank: 5), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.12 (Rank: 13), Adjusted Sack Rate – 4.4% (Rank: 5)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 286.1 (Rank: 2), Pass Yards/Gm – 169.9 (Rank: 1), Rush Yards/Gm – 116.3 (Rank: 21), Points/Gm – 16.8 (Rank: 2), Fantasy Points/Gm – 12.69 (Rank: 1), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.37 (Rank: 28), Adjusted Sack Rate – 9.1% (Rank: 2)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Blake Bortles
RB: Leonard Fournette
GLB: Leonard Fournette
3RB: Leonard Fournette
WR: Marqise Lee
WR: Keelan Cole
WR: Dede Westbrook
TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Notes:

Very soft projected strength of schedule, especially against defenses.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as average.
Rush defense projects as weak.
Pass defense projects as very strong.
Keelan Cole may be WR2 behind Lee.
CB Jalen Ramsey primarily stays on the perimeter.

Tennessee Titans

Coaching Changes:

HC Mike Vrabel, OC Matt LaFleur, and DC Dean Pees replace HC Mike Mularkey, OC Terry Robiske, and DC Dick LeBeau.

Player Additions:

CB Malcolm Butler
DT Bennie Logan
RB Dion Lewis
QB Blaine Gabbert
LB Will Compton
T Kevin Pamphile
S Kenny Vaccaro

Player Subtractions:

RB DeMarco Murray
LB Avery Williamson
S Da’Norris Searcy
WR Eric Decker
DE Erik Walden
WR Eric Weems
QB Matt Cassel
DT Karl Klug
DT Sylvester Williams

Draft:

Round 1 (22) – Rashaan Evans ILB – Alabama
Round 2 (9) – Harold Landry OLB – Boston College
Round 5 (15) – Dane Cruikshank CB – Arizona
Round 6 (25) – Luke Falk QB – Washington State

Notable Injuries:

S Johnathan Cyprien (ACL) – Out for the season.

2017 Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 314.0 (Rank: 23), Pass Yards/Gm – 199.4 (Rank: 23), Rush Yards/Gm – 114.6 (Rank: 15), Points/Gm – 20.9 (Rank: 19), Adjusted Line Yards – 3.85 (Rank: 22), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.4% (Rank: 13)

2017 Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Gm – 328.0 (Rank: 13), Pass Yards/Gm – 239.3 (Rank: 25), Rush Yards/Gm – 88.8 (Rank: 4), Points/Gm – 22.3 (Rank: 17), Fantasy Points/Gm – 6.94 (Rank: 17), Adjusted Line Yards – 4.07 (Rank: 14), Adjusted Sack Rate – 6.9% (Rank: 11)

Projected Starting Lineup:

QB: Marcus Mariota
RB: Derrick Henry
GLB: Derrick Henry
3RB: Dion Lewis
WR: Corey Davis
WR: Rishard Matthews
WR: Taywan Taylor
TE: Delanie Walker

Notes:

Overall soft projected strength of schedule, especially in the latter half of the season.
RB time-share is plausible.
Rush offense projects as strong.
Pass offense projects as below average.
Rush defense projects as strong.
Pass defense projects as average.
Addition of OC LaFleur could improve pass efficiency from last year.
WR Matthews has not practiced yet with an undisclosed issue. His week 1 status is getting iffy.

Last updated: September 15, 2018 at 0:15 am


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