With the NFL season getting closer and closer now seems like the ideal time to take a look at what the biggest weaknesses in NFL team rosters are, starting with the AFC South.
Some weaknesses are easier to hide then others. A weakness in run blocking at left guard can probably be disguised by a playbook. A weakness at quarterback isn't so easy to hide.
Bill O'Brien can design the best playbook in the league but the underwhelming Ryan Fitzpatrick is still going to be the man executing the plays on the pitch.
Now don't get me wrong Fitzpatrick would be a great reserve QB to have on your roster (the Cowboys in particular would love to have him). Fitzpatrick has started games in the NFL for four different teams and isn't going to panic at taking snaps, but as your starting QB he may be the most uninspiring starter in today's NFL.
If Arian Foster struggles to comeback off his season ending back injury and the Texan running game doesn't get going Houston are going to be in all sorts of offensive trouble.
With the departure of ever present Antoine Bethea to the San Fransisco 49ers, the Colts have got a spot to fill in their secondary as they look to find a partner to strong safety LaRon Landry.
The two leading contenders are Mike Adams and Delano Howell. Howell did play at strong safety when Landry was injured last season but playing both Landry and Howell together would be an unbalanced pairing with both players being better in the strong safety role. Mike Adams meanwhile is an experienced veteran but after being released by Denver admitted himself that he feared his NFL career was over.
All in all, the Colts options at free safety don't look great.
When you look at the Jaguars options at centrer you can immediately see why they tried so hard to sign Alex Mack. Initially the Jaguars had Mike Brewster lined up to play center, but a rocky first four days of training camp saw Jacques McClendon shifted over from competing for the right guard slot to center.
Gus Bradley's comments afterwards were hardly a ringing endorsement for Brewster or McClendon after he said that the Jaguars were still searching for “the best combination” of players on the offensive line.
It is not often that center is as missed as much as Brad Meester is going to be.
With Ray Horton looking to run a 3-4 base defense the outside linebackers are going to be relied upon to provide the pass rush and get after the QB in the backfield.
The Titans outside linebacker options aren't great, in fact they are distinctly underwhelming. Ex-Bronco 33-year-old veteran Shaun Phillips and Kamerion Wimbley are likely to be starters. Shaun Phillips is solid enough coming off a strong season with the Broncos but he was playing with much better players in Denver and will struggle to get so many sacks with the Titans.
Whilst Kamerion Wimbley only got three sacks last season and in truth his career peaked with his 2006 rookie season.
The backup options are equally uninspiring. Akeem Ayers a player who does everything well and nothing great. Whilst Derrick Morgan will likely find it difficult to shift from defensive end to outside linebacker and in any case will only be used in specific pass rush situation. The outside linebacker spot and the pass rush is likely to be a weakness all season long for the Titans.
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