AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Titans

     

Colts

  • ESPN ranked the Colts No. 10 in their power rankings for the next three years, as GM Chris Ballard has proven to be one of the best at his job in the NFL. 
  • The biggest worry for the Colts is whether QB Philip Rivers‘ regression in 2019 is a sign the 38-year-old veteran is declining or if it was just a bad situation. The team is banking on the latter. 
  • Going forward, fully stocking a lethal rotation of pass rushers around DT DeForest Buckner is the Colts’ top priority. 

Jaguars

The Jaguars shed a lot of salary this offseason, but they also went out and made a splash in the free-agent pool by signing LB Joe Schobert to a five-year, $57.5 million contract. Schobert should slot in immediately at middle linebacker and push incumbent Myles Jack out to the weakside. Jaguars HC Doug Marrone thinks the team is getting a two-for-one upgrade that way, as Jack struggled in the middle in 2019 after inking his own four-year, $57 million deal last September. 

″When it showed itself that we could get a player with Schobert’s caliber, we went along and did that,″ Marrone said, via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. ″We feel that we bettered ourselves at two positions. I talked to Myles, he’s excited about it.″

″I’ve talked to Myles, and he feels comfortable over there [weak-side linebacker],″ Jaguars DC Todd Wash added. ″I look forward to him being at the [weak-side] spot where that’s a great playmaking position. Telvin [Smith] did a great job of that in the past and now we obviously think Myles can be a great Will linebacker also.″

Titans

  • Jim Wyatt of the team website feels certain the Titans have done their homework on the available edge rushers, including free-agent DE Everson Griffen
  • However, Wyatt expects there to be some resolution with the potential signing of DE Jadeveon Clowney before Tennessee looks at other options. 
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