Today's question: There is plenty of new talent in the AFC South. Who will make the biggest impact this season? Our AFC South reporters give their predictions.
Tania Ganguli, Houston Texans reporter: The AFC South raided the Super Bowl-champion Denver Broncos of the high-profile players they couldn't tag. While Von Miller is under the franchise tag and can't go anywhere, quarterback Brock Osweiler wound up in Houston and defensive tackle Malik Jackson wound up in Jacksonville. Jackson got a big deal worth $90 million over six years, and that kind of move hasn't always worked out for the Jaguars. But he's a talented defensive lineman and should help the Jaguars, who ranked 14th in disrupted dropbacks last season and 20th in sacks.
Paul Kuharsky, Tennessee Titans reporter: Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson is a way better pass-rusher than anyone Jacksonville has sent after the quarterback in recent years. Working opposite last year's first-round pick, Dante Fowler Jr., who missed his rookie season injured, Jackson will help boost a pass rush that ranked 23rd in sacks per pass attempt, getting the quarterback down just 6 percent of the time. The secondary should be much improved, so quarterbacks may have to hold the ball longer, creating more chances for crushing the passer. To make the sort of jump the Jags expect after a big offseason, hitting Andrew Luck, Marcus Mariota and Osweiler frequently is necessary.
Michael DiRocco, Jacksonville Jaguars reporter: The Jaguars have had one of the best offseasons in the league, highlighted by the signing of defensive tackle Malik Jackson and the drafting of defensive back Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Myles Jack. However, free safety Tashaun Gipson is my pick for best newcomer because he's going to make the most significant difference on the field. The Jaguars haven't had a free safety capable of playing the position the way it's designed in coach Gus Bradley's defense the past three seasons, but Gipson is a perfect fit. He thrived as a single-high safety with the Cleveland Browns, where he made the Pro Bowl in 2014, and has 14 interceptions in four seasons. His presence allows the Jaguars to keep strong safety Johnathan Cyprien closer to the line of scrimmage the way Seattle uses Kam Chancellor. Because of that, he's the most important addition the Jaguars made in the offseason and will make the biggest impact of any newcomer in the division.
Mike Wells, Indianapolis Colts reporter: The Texans showed that they believe Brock Osweiler can stop their revolving door at quarterback when they signed him to a four-year, $72 million contract in the offseason. Osweiler only has seven starts under his belt, but he's still stepping into a situation where he has J.J. Watt and a solid defense on one side of the ball. The Texans also have given Osweiler plenty of speed to work with on the outside at receiver in DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller and running backs Tyler Ervin and Lamar Miller. Those players will be responsible for making Osweiler look good, but the quarterback will get the credit because he's the one responsible for making the right decision with the ball. Osweiler doesn't have to be Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger for the Texans to be successful. He has to avoid being careless with the football and take advantage of the opportunities given.