The league and the union are getting tough on field conditions, and it’s about damn time. Tucked away in the league’s announcement about tougher concussion rules was another piece of news aimed at player safety. The NFL and the NFLPA are creating a joint committee to monitor field conditions. The committee will inspect fields and take steps to make them safer, be it the turf itself or the apparatus surrounding the field. FINALLY.
While the Indianapolis Colts mostly maintained Authentic Jermaine Kearse Jersey the roster during the offseason, they are the division favorite with the return of Andrew Luck. But the Texans invested heavily on offense by signing Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller in free agency, and adding Will Fuller in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans also made big changes. The Jags added Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack in the draft, while the Titans revamped Authentic Jimmy Graham Jersey the backfield with Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray.
On the other side of the ball, you have J.J. Watt looking to potentially secure his fourth Defensive Player of the Year honor. Watt is, however, recovering from back surgery, and his timetable for return is uncertain. Still, Houston’s defense was good enough to help the Texans win the division and get to the postseason last year with essentially a revolving door at quarterback. This season, they’ll look to take a bigger step forward.
Cornerback Kevin Johnson had a broken foot and broken wrist, and offensive tackle Duane Brown has been rehabbing a torn quad.
Last season wasn’t so great for the Colts, largely because quarterback Andrew Luck got seriously injured and missed quite a bit of time. Indianapolis focused on strengthening the offensive line this offseason, drafting center Ryan Kelly in the first round and spending a total of four out of eight draft picks on linemen. The position battles on the right side of the offensive line will be a highlight of training camp for the Colts.
The Colts were also dealing with some significant injuries along the defensive line last season. They’ll hope to return Henry Anderson, who tore ligaments in his knee last season, as well as incorporate rookie pass rusher Hassan Ridgeway into the mix.
In addition to Anderson, the Colts have some other key injuries. Wide receiver Donte Moncrief is rehabbing a foot injury, guard Hugh Thornton has an undisclosed injury and safety Clayton Geathers has a broken foot. Cornerback D’Joun Smith is working his way back from a knee injury.
Last year, the Jaguars lost their first-round draft pick, Dante Fowler, before training camp even began. Fans are eager to see Fowler on the field once training camp starts up. Jacksonville added a lot of talent to their defense this offseason via the draft and free agency. So, in addition to Fowler, it will be an opportunity to see how draft picks Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, as well as free agents like Tashaun Gipson, will fit into the defensive plans.
The Jags offense was solid last season, and the addition of Chris Ivory in free agency should help. Training camp should start to clarify how Jacksonville will plan to use their running back tandem of Ivory and T.J. Yeldon next season.