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AFC South Training Camp Previews

Sigmund Bloom runs down injuries, position battles, and offensive changes to watch for AFC South and gives his view on the direction the team is headed.

Training camp openings are coming, so it's time to focus our attention on the changes, injury recoveries, and position battles that will inform our last tweaks to our draft boards before we draft. It's also good to record our thoughts on the direction of the offense as it affects fantasy bottom lines before camp and preseason twists and turns make us doubt what we have spent months mulling over waiting for football to come back. I'll try to give insight into where I think the puck is going with these teams, because like Wayne Gretzky said, we should skate there instead of where the puck has been, i.e. last year's results.

Houston

Offensive Change(s) to Watch: The Texans have a new (and expensive) quarterback. Brock Osweiler can’t be worse than Brian Hoyer - at least in the playoffs - but the offense should be more conservative and lean even more on a backfield that added Lamar Miller and jettisoned Arian Foster. Miller should be more able to hold up than Foster was the last two seasons, and keep the offense leaning run heavy. Jaelen Strong showed up a new man this offseason after an arrest, and he needs to elevate his game because the team took a deep threat #2 receiver (Notre Dame’s Will Fuller) in the first round. Scatback Tyler Ervin was added in the fourth round to bolster a so-so backup running back group.

Injury Situation(s) to Watch: Left tackle Duane Brown has been the anchor of this line for a long time. He suffered a severe quad injury that ended his 2015 campaign in Week 17, and while he said he aims to be ready for Week 1 this year, the fact that the injury happened so late in the season could throw his September availability into question if his rehab isn’t smooth in camp. We might not see him play in the preseason.

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