It seems as if it’s been forever since we’ve seen NFL football and it still feels as if it’s far away. The good news is that this week is the opening of training camps, and here, we’ll focus on the AFC South.
For the Texans rookies, they must report to training camp as of this Monday, July 25th. The veterans will then accompany them this upcoming Saturday. The name everybody is wondering about is J.J. Watt, and news has come down that the surgery that he had on his back for his herniated disk will keep him out the whole of camp and even put his status for week 1 in doubt. This is a big training camp for Bill O’Brien as the team has spent big on weapons in Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller and needs to see a significant uptick in offensive performance as they look to defend their AFC South title.
As of Wednesday, July 27th, all members are expected to report to the Jaguars training camp. The big news for Jacksonville is that GM Dave Caldwell has made it official that cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be ready to go for the beginning of camp. After suffering a small meniscus tear, he’ll be present from day one. With the abundance of new weapons on defense in Ramsey, Myles Jack, Dante Fowler, Malik Jackson etc al pressure is on HC Gus Bradley to deliver a winning team in 2016.
The Titans will get training camp underway July 30th and they also have a rookie they are keeping track of due to injury. Kevin Dodd, the 33rd overall pick in the draft is coming off of a surgery in late May that involved a screw having to be inserted into his right foot to repair a stress fracture. Tennessee has been very cautious with their pass rusher but they do expect him, along with the rest of the team, to be good to go come Saturday.
The Colts open up camp on the 26th, and although they seem to be healthy on the offensive side of the ball, the defense is still recovering. Two defensive linemen, Henry Anderson and Arthur Jones are coming off seasons where they suffered leg injuries and are ready to make a comeback. Jones however will miss the first four games of the season due to a PED violation. Having given Andrew Luck the biggest contract in NFL history OC Rob Chudzinski will be hoping for a significant upswing in performance from the former #1 pick and that he can scheme enough protection to keep him upright and on the field.