Pre-Training Camp Review #6

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2009 Regular Season Standings:

Indianapolis Colts: 14-2
Houston Texans: 9-7
Tennessee Titans: 8-8
Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-9

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have been trying for years to beef up their Defensive front. In this past Draft, they had the surprise pick at #10 in Tyson Alualu from California. Jacksonville is going to need an immediate impact from the Defensive End that had 17 sacks in college. The addition of Kirk Morrison from Oakland via trade should be a solid addition to the Linebackers. The problems in Jacksonville will be their inability to score. Maurice Jones-Drew will not be able to do it alone. David Garrard is going to need more out of the receivers, period. Mike Sims-Walker, who was great at home last year, needs to continue to grow and especially stay injury free. Jacksonville still needs too many pieces, going 4-12.

Tennessee Titans: Jeff Fisher still has one of the best backs in the NFL, in Chris Johnson. Even though Johnson has set self goals of breaking 2000 yards, yet again; Vince Young, Kenny Britt, and the rest of the Titans’ Passing attack need to improve for that to happen. Defensively the Titans got a gift in Derrick Morgan, the Defensive End out of Georgia Tech, at #16 in the first round. He should definitely help but the Defense Front will still remain weak. The Secondary should help to keep Tennessee in games. Second year cornerback Jason McCourty of Rutgers will be one to watch in this group. Tennessee has a tough schedule that will rely on Vince to win games, rebuilding continues as the Titans fall off, finishing 6-10.

Indianapolis Colts: This has been Peyton Manning’s Conference for years and the Colts want to reward him for that. He might have the deepest receiving corps in the NFL. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark will truly benefit from the growth of the younger receivers. Donald Brown in his second year, could have a breakout year as well. Age and injures have been the Colt’s Achilles heel. Youth was addressed in the past on the Offensive side, this year the Colts took that to their Defense. Dwight Freeney now can mentor #31 overall pick, Jerry Hughes. Pat Angerer, the linebacker out of Iowa and Kevin Thomas cornerback from Southern Cal will need to adjust quickly. Even with a healthy Bob Sanders, the Colts will lose some of last years success, winding up 10-6.

Houston Texans: Coming off their first winning season in Texans history, Houston is looking to take the next step. Mario Williams and Eugene Wilson anchor this developing Defense which will be without last years’ Defensive ROY, Brian Cushing, for the first four games due to suspension. Brice McCain or 1st round pick Kareem Jackson will need to help fill the void in the Secondary left by the departure of Dunta Robinson to the Falcons. Offensively, the best receiver in the NFL, Andre Johnson, will need a healthy Owen Daniels to continue his huge production. Watch for Ben Tate, 2nd Round Pick, to be Steve Slaton’s change of pace back if not the lead man. Matt Schaub and the Texans complete that next step. The weaker tail end of their schedule has the Texans Playoff bound at 11-5.

2010 Regular Season Standings:

Houston Texans: 11-5
Indianapolis Colts: 10-6
Tennessee Titans: 6-10
Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-12

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