2018 NFL Preview

2018 NFL Season Preview

The 2018 NFL edition will be the 99th season of the National Football League, the most quality league in the World. The season will start on 6th September 2018 and will conclude with the Super Bowl match scheduled for 3rd February 2019 in Atlanta.

Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have been an integral part of Cowboys' offence for almost a decade now, but both have gone in the offseason. Bryant was released due to financial reasons, while Witten announced his retirement days later.

These are poor news for their quarterback, Dak Prescott, as they both were effective players in a squad like Cowboys. However, Prescott had a step backwards in the previous season.

Players around him aren't better for the new season. That's the reason why the Cowboys need to rely on recently signed Allen Hurns, but also to third-round rookie receiver Michael Gallup. At least, Ezekiel Elliott seems like a quality option for them.

There are many different opinions about whether Cowboys' defence should depend on Sean Lee - but one thing is sure, they are a weaker team without him.

The position of pass-rusher will be problematic for them at first since their first choice David Irving serves a suspension in the first four weeks.

Safety pair doesn't seem to be good either, although Xavier Woods didn't look that poor at times being one of the more notable rookies last season. Jeff Heath, however, has been quite inconsistent.

Even though Cowboys found a way to overcome the expectations in previous seasons, they are really close ending as the worst team in the division this time.

New York Giants

The staying of quarterback Eli Manning for another season will be the biggest reinforcement for the Giants. They have opted for very talented Saquon Barkley as a running back at this year's draft.

Together with Odell Beckham Junior, this duo can be difficult to defend - even for the best defensive lineups. Especially when we add Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram to these two.

With such great players around him, quarterback Manning should improve his numbers in the new season. Their blocking unit should be better now, as Nate Solder was signed as a free agent. Meanwhile, Will Hernandez came on a 62$ million contract for four years.

The defence was one of the strongest points of the team in previous seasons. Defensive end might be weaker since Jason Pierre-Paul left for Tampa Bay, so his position should get Olivier Vernon and Kareem Martin. Martin was signed in offseason for a 21$ million deal for three years.

Alec Ogletree was signed from the Rams and it's actually unclear why the Giants would place them in the same formation where he failed last season. The Giants have also lost two cornerbacks this offseason, so Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple will have a difficult task.

Positive news at least, the position of safety play is by far the best spot of Giants with Landon Collins being one of the best players at his position in whole NFL.

Giants were lucky in 2016, while the previous season was worse, with only three victories. They should have a few victories more this season, but it remains unclear if it will be enough to make it into the playoffs. Probably not.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carlon Wentz got injured last season and he may not be ready for the first week or two. But Nick Foles showed his best and he is able to lead the Eagles to positive ways in case Wentz misses again. They will also have support from Jason Peters who lost almost the whole season, but he is ready now. There's also top right tackle in the whole league, Lane Johnson.

Other players and positions look more than decent as well. They signed deep-speed receiver Mike Wallace as a free agent. They lost LeGarrette Blount, but Jay Ajayi looks fine there.

The defensive lineup lost Vinny Curry, Patrick Robinson, and Mychael Kendricks who have gone. However, Jordan Hicks & Nigel Bradham are back from injuries.

Michael Bennett was signed instead of Vinny Curry and he seems like an improvement for the Eagles. He should be rotating with Brandon Graham, one of the big guys in the defensive ends in the whole NFL. Haloti Ngata was signed and together with Timmy Jernigan should be a great defensive block.

The loss of Patrick Robinson remains the biggest one. The Eagles don't have a decent substitution for a player of his level. Sidney Jones seems to be like an option to be used there for the start.

The Eagles have no worries for the safeties options, as Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins both have performed on a great level last season.

No one gave the Eagles many chances to win the Super Bown game last season. The team is close to a similar scenario now. They have a great chance to repeat the success, however, it will be more difficult this time. As for the regular season, they are favourites to clinch the first position in NFC East.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins were troubled by injuries in the offensive line in the previous season. They all now healthy for the new season. Recently signed Alex Smith will be useful in case of injuries again. Second-round pick Derrius Guice also seems like a strong option, while Chris Thompson will return as a potential receiving threat.

Paul Richardson was added as a free agent, but this doesn't seem like the best solution for the Redskins. It would be of great benefit in case Jordan Reed remains healthy for the most of the season after playing just six games last season.

Most of their defensive players missed action last season. It was a huge blow to see Jonathan Allen being injured since he was a first-round pick in previous year's NFL Draft. The Redskins were struggling a lot, especially once Matt Ioannidis started missing too. They are both returns for the new season and should bring stability.

Pernell McPhee was signed as a free agent and should be playing next to Preston Smith. Josh Norman should prove that he is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL this season after dealing with injuries in the previous one. They have a decent pair of safeties to go along with Norman and the rest of the cornerbacks, while the return of Mason Foster should also be a positive sign for the Redskins.

The Redskins are looking rock solid for the new season. They were actually decently well in the previous season too, but fall apart later into the weeks when they had numerous injuries all over the team. They are well prepared to go for a playoff spot.

Chicago Bears

New coach Matt Nagy seems like the most important puzzle of the team when we speak about the offensive part of the team. He was an offensive quality control coach / offensive coordinator in Eagles and Chiefs and seems that it's just what the Bears need.

Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller are also persons of improvement in their roster. Miller was very productive in Memphis and surely has a chance to improve himself further with Nagy. Former Eagle Trey Burton was signed for a 32$ million deal for four years contract.

Even though the team didn't look perfect in the previous season, they were competitive in the defence. No team overscored the Bears, while most of their losses came with a single digits number. Plus they have signed Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith as eight overall for the new season.

The weak point of the Bears could be edge rush position. Pernell McPhee and Willie Young are lost in the offseason. With Leonard Floyd now as the only available for this position. The other starter could be Sam Acho who had just three sacks in a previous season.

The Bears ended with a 3-11 record last season, but definitely look far better now. They have huge potential and look like potential dark horses of the entire competition in years to come. Positive record and a playoff spot shouldn't be questionable this time.

Detroit Lions

The injuries with offensive players were their biggest loss in a previous season ending with a disappointing finish. If the players manage to stay healthy during the regular part of the season, there's no doubt that they can do big things and be one of the most potent NFL offensives.

They have signed LeGarrette Blount and a second-round pick Kerryon Johnson. Eric Ebron is gone and will be replaced by Luke Willson. Receiving corps is identical to last season. Their defensive squad was a disappointment and it seems to be the same.

Linebacking corps was terrible too. At least Jarrad Davis now has experience and should improve a bit. He will play next to better guys, as the Lions signed Devon Kennard as a free agent. Jalen Tabor who was a second-round pick of 2017 draft could challenge for the starting position.

Kerry Hyder is back now after losing a complete season due to injury. However, the Lions failed to sign any aside from fourth-round rookie Da'shawn Hand.

Detroit had a 9-7 record last season and they should be similar this one. The new coaching staff could be a positive sign, but the defensive lineup doesn't look that good. They shouldn't be able to go much into the playoffs, in case they reach.

Green Bay Packers

A complete season for Packers got lost once their best offensive player Rodgers got injured.

Blind-side protector David Bakhtiari is one of the top players on his position. The Packers lost Nelson, so with him gone, they will continue with Davante Adams. He improved a lot last season, but also Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison as top receivers.

Jimmy Graham was signed as a free agent and he will remain a huge threat in the end zone. Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones are expected to very quality rushing threats for the opponents.

Their defence will protect Aaron Rodgers, however, they do need to improve things in their game plan. The Packers were really poor when defending any sort of quality passing attacks and it's something that can't be repeated this season. New manager Brian Gutekunst did a fine job by finding some upgrades in the defensive backfield.

He spent his first two picks by signing Jaire Alexander and Joshua Jackson. Both of them could be solid starters. They also signed a cornerback, Tramon Williams as a free agent, bringing him from Cleveland. The Packers have lost safety Morgan Burnett, leaving just Clinton-Dix as the lone returning player.

Muhammad Wilkerson was signed and is one of the biggest deals. The player disappointed at Jets, but could improve here since he is only on a one year deal and will fight for a better contract. He and Mike Daniels could be a really great duo at the position.

Green Bay should be better this season and a lot will depend on Aaron Rodgers. If he can play almost all matches this season, then the Packers are one of the favourites to reach the Super Bowl. If not, winning the division could be questionable.

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings got Kirk Cousins, the best possible solution and a player they wanted. They will miss Keenum's mobility, while left tackle Riley Reiff struggled at the blind spot and similar is expected now too. Interior of their front isn't any better with poor guards Nick Easton and Danny Isadora.

At least, they have some decent additions for Cousins to work with. Receivers Adams Thielen and Stefon Diggs are looking decent. Especially with Diggs being a very physically gifted guy. Tight end Kyle Rudolph should be potentially great threat in the end zone.

One of the problems could be Xavier Rhodes as he didn't perform up to expectations. Unless he improves, he should be the only weak link in the Vikings secondary. Harrison Smith is without any doubt, the best safety in the entire NFL, while Andrew Sendejo improved in each previous seasons.

They signed Sheldon Richardson for the defence with one year contract, so he will be eager to impress from the first week.

The Vikings edge rush is once again expected to be excellent. They still have one of the best defensive ends in the league in Everson Griffen. Meanwhile, Danielle Hunter has proved to be as worth as possible. Ben Gedeon, who was selected in fourth round of the NFL Draft, will be their third linebacker.

The Vikings will once again base their performances on defence and they will be close to the playoffs in 2018. However, there are few uncertain things and we can't know at this moment how will Kirk Cousins click with his new teammates.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons had great expectations in the previous season, but the numbers of their quarterback Matt Ryan have declined. Obviously losing Kyle Shanahan had a huge impact on the club. Sarkisian's game plan and his play-calling were quite predictable all season long.

They remained with him in charge and it will be difficult for them not to regret such a decision. They signed great route-runner Calvin Ridley using the 26th overall pick. This is positive news for them since Julio Jones got injured.

Brandon Fusco came as an upgrade. The defensive lineup of the Falcons improved last season. The biggest reason was their linebacking corps as Delon Jones and De'Vondre Campbell was one of the top rookies during the Falcons Super Bowl run.

Opening round choice was used on safety Keanu Neal, making now an excellent tandem together with Ricardo Allen. Cornerback group is strong as well. The weakest part of Atlanta's defence has to be interior of the defensive line, with Grady Jarret being a strong one.

Their performances will be all about Matt Ryan, skilled offensive play-makers & great offence. They should be close to the playoffs, however, one of the huge question marks will be their offensive coordinator Sarkisian.

Carolina Panthers

It's all about Cam Newton as for the offence of the Panthers. He remains the Panthers strongest weapon but must be said that he criticised the club stating that the club needs reinforcements.

Their front office did decent moves, spending their first-round pick on D.J. Moore. Other top receivers the Panthers have are modest guys such as Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith and the second-round pick from 2017 Curtis Samuel.

The Panthers have also signed C.J. Anderson from the Broncos as he rushed 1007 yards last season despite a quite poor backup from his teammates. As for the blocking, Andrew Norwell left the team. They don't have a reliable replacement and will need to depend much on Amini Silatolu.

The Panthers had great defence two-three seasons ago, but are making backward steps. Once again, it seems that they failed to improve on that position this offseason.

The defensive line has some new names as well, with nose tackle Donatri Poe who came from the Falcons to replace Star Lotulelei. Players at edge rush positions are quite old, so they acquired fourth-round pick Marquis Haynes to improve there.

The Panthers do stand out as one of the favourites to win the division. The secondary is anyway a liability for the team so we can't expect much from the Panthers this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be given the opportunity to show what he is capable of in Jamies Winston absence. Receiver Mike Evans is going into similar direct since he has great physics however his work ethic is a question mark.

Left tackle spot is a mess for the Buccaneers as Donovan Smith has struggled a lot there, but the club didn't sign anyone. Right guard J.R. Sweezy got released so rookie Alex Cappa is expected to take the position. Center Ryan Jensen was signed as an upgrade to the front.

The club failed to bring some huge names in the offensive line, however, no doubt that the Buccaneers have improved the situation with the defensive line. Newly obtained Beau Allen will also add great depth at that position.

They have two edge runners as well. Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul were both signed as free agents. These two should be combined together with Noah Spence who has great potential.

The second-round choice was used to improve the position of cornerback united.

We won't be really harsh on the Buccaneers in case we say that they do stand out as a perfect candidate to have no more than a couple of victories.

New Orleans Saints

Running game will depend a lot of Alvin Kamara again who impressed a lot scoring a total of thirteen touchdowns. He is one of the most dynamic players in the entire NFL, while the coach said he plans to involve Kamara even more.

The Saints have improved their passing roster, as they signed Cameron Meredith as a free agent, while Michael Thomas remains one of most talented and quality receivers in the NFL.

They also found major upgrades in their defensive line as cornerback Marshon Lattimore proved to be a great addition to the squad. He is set to start across from Ken Crawley who is a solid player as well.

Kenny Vaccaro is gone from the roster. Patrick Robinson was signed as a replacement and in case he starts playing at expected level. Lucky for them, the side still has Cameron Jordan who will be a great threat, while they signed Marcus Davenport to overcome the problem with Okafor's injury.

No doubt that the Saints are first favourites to win their division and one of the candidates to win the NFL's Super Bowl as well.

San Francisco 49ers

49ers had one of the weakest offensive lines in the whole NFL however it changed with the signing of Jimmy Garappolo from the Patriots as a second-round pick. The club needed some more talent around Garappolo and that's why Jerick McKinnon was signed. Pierre Garcon, team's top wideout last season, is back now and is fully fit.

The offensive line should be boosted with the signing of centre Weston Richburg. Starting guards Laken Tomlinson and Josh Garnett will surely need his help.

Richard Sherman who was signed from the Seahawks expects to be ready for the new season after torn Achilles. He is set to start across Ahkello Witherspoon, a third-round pick in 2017 as he showed decent potential in the rookie season. They lost important defensive back Eric Reid. Adrian Colbert is expected to replace him and is set to start next to Jaquinski Tartt.

Foster has a chance to become one of the better players at his position. Otherwise, they will need to count at third-round rookie Fred Warner. Soloman Thomas will also need to improve. He'll start across from Arik Armstead who also didn't show his full potential yet.

49ers were set for an improvement this season but with the great job they did in the offseason the side now looks really strong. They are now even favourites to win the NFC West Division.

Los Angeles Rams

There were many in and out transfers with the Rams this offseason. All of their important blockers stood in the club. The great news is that they will be having entire front completely the same again.

The Rams made some decent signings in the defence. The biggest name would be Ndamukong Suh who came from Miami Dolphins. He could combine with Aaron Donald, probably one of the best players in the NFL right now. Both are very talented and it seems that the Rams have improved strongly on those positions.

The secondary has also been boosted, as the Rams will be counting at Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib who came from the Chiefs and Broncos. The Rams didn't reinforce their safety but should do just fine at those positions.

Neither Samson Ebukam or Ogbo Okoronkwo (their fifth-round rookie) look any better. Inside linebacker is a bit problematic position as well. Alec Ogletree was traded to the NY Giants and no re-inforcement came. Mark Barron and Corey Littleton seem like mediocre players.

They could go deep in the playoffs in some of the scenarios, but for the start, top two positions in their NFC West division seem very likely.

Arizona Cardinals

The management inside the Cardinals was desperate to find the real quarterback for the new season and it seems that they have overpaid Sam Bradford this time. They also drafted Josh Rosen knowing that Bradford might not be the most reliable link.

The big difference in the offensive line should be signing of Justin Pugh who missed some of the weeks but has been very prolific when fully fit. Newly signed right tackle Andre Smith will start as a replacement for Jared Veldheer who signed for the Broncos.

The Cardinals had to release very talented defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Things to be worse, they also lost cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Tyvon Branch. They also lost key member nose tackle Xavier Williams who signed with the Chiefs as a free agent.

The Cardinals have some huge names in their roster, however, they can't actually expect big things in the new season. Four to six victories will be kind of a realistic target for them.

Seattle Seahawks

Their blocking unit will be pretty much the same with some minor signings. It seems that D.J. Fluker will start at right guard. Their new three-down back will be Rashaad Peny from San Diego State which makes only new troubling questions.

The Seahawks suffered huge changes in the defensive line. Richard Sherman was released for the 49ers as a free agent. Earl Thoma was traded to the Cowboys and the team is was left with Kam Chancellor who announced his retirement.

Their safety position is even more questionable, as their starters should be Bradley McDougald and Delano Hill. Both mediocre and not that trustable players. Few more players have left, leaving the team with Frank Clark as the only decent edge solution.

The defensive interior is in an even worse situation as top two defensive tackles now remain Jarran Reed and Tom Johnson. There's nothing more to be positive about in their depth.

I expect the Seahawks to be even worse this season. The defensive line has lost almost all key players and I see them having more defeats than victories this time.

New England Patriots

Brady will once again work with Rob Gronkowski heavily, despite the possibility of Rob's retirement earlier this year. Brandin Cooks was talented to the Rams this offseason, while they will also miss Danny Amendola. Julian Edelman returns from injury and will be a great addition once his four Weeks ban ends.

They also lost Dion Lewis who was their best running back last season. Sony Michel will be now to replace him, a first-round selection from Georgia. Blocker Isaiah Wynn also came as the first-round pick. Trent Brown came from the 49ers and he should replace departed Nate Solder. The left guard should be Wynn, sharing the position with centre David Andrews and right guard Shaw Mason.

They will be lead once again by Dont'A Hightower and the team could be depending much on him this time. Defensive end will consist of Derek Rivers, Adrian Claybourn (newly signed) and Trey Flowers who led the Pats in the previous season with 6.5 sacks.

The Pats have also traded for Danny Shelton from the Browns and he is set to start next to Malcolm Brown. Cornerback Malcolm Butler signed for the Titans in offseason, so the Pats will be counting at Jason McCourty who had a solid season with the Browns.

With Brady healthy, the Patriots are surely one of the favourites to reach the Super Bowl in the end.

Miami Dolphins

The most notable departure was Jarvis Landry who was traded to the Browns. With him gone, quarterbacks will need to rely on DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola.

Kenyan Drake will be a primary runner this season replacing Jay Ajayi. Best defensive player Ndamukong Suh was released as he was considered problematic in the locker room. The overall atmosphere will be improved, but there's no doubt that his quality will be missed.

Davon Godchaux, a fifth-round pick from the previous season's Draft is their top defensive tackle and it speaks enough for itself. On the positive side, they signed Robert Quinn from the Rams. He is an explosive edge rusher and he should do even better in a 4-3 scheme.

Safety team was reinforced with the signing of Minkah Fitzpatrick, who is a versatile defensive back who can play almost anywhere in the secondary.

The Dolphins lost numerous quality players and it will be really hard for them to stay very competitive in the season. More than a couple of victories should satisfy the Dolphins.

New York Jets

Quarterback team will consist of re-signed Josh McCown and newly signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent. Their first-round pick was Sam Darnold from USC, a player who has huge talent but is yet to develop into a real prolific NFL material.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was signed by the Jaguars and surely will be missed. He will be replaced by ex Miami Dolphins' Chris Herndon. They lost running back Matt Forte too, replacing him with Isaiah Crowell.

Things are bit better at the tackle since the franchise has decent left tackle Kelvin Beachum and fine talented right tackle Brandon Shell.

They signed nice talented Trumaine Johnson who surely is an upgrade in comparison to Morris Claiborne. Linebacker Avery Williamson was a great deal in the free agency this offseason.

Leonard Williams is one of best 3-4 ends in the league while newly signed Henry Anderson could be a decent addition.

Once again it seems that their coach Todd Bowles is the strongest part of the club. They may end up snatching the second position in the division.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills should be led by A.J. McCarron whom they signed away from the Bengals. However, they needed some more quality on that position and managed to get their way to sign Josh Allen. Their blocking unit, however, lost three valuable players this offseason.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn was traded to the Bengals, centre Eric Wood and guard Richi Incognito both retired. They suffered one more loss with cornerback E.J.Gaines signing for the Browns.

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was signed as a first-round choice and should be a massive upgrade for the new year. Trent Murphy signed a 21$ million contract after missing complete previous NFL edition and no doubt that his presence will help his teammates. Another new signing is Star Lotulelei who signed a huge 50$ million contract.

Their Quarterbacks are close to disaster and as such, we can't see them winning many games this season. The fourth position looks like granted for them in AFC East.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Great news for the Steelers is the fact that Ben Roethlisberger continues to play. They will have more than decent options in attack, including Antonio Brown surely one of the best receivers in the entire NFL.

Chris Hubbard has moved to the Browns and might be missed in case one of two primary players are absent.

About the defence, the Steelers had to find a replacement for Ryan Shazier, one of the top linebackers in the NFL. So, the two starters at the position should be Vince Williams and Jon Bostic - two kinda decent player but nothing more than that.

The first-round pick was used on safety position to get Terrel Edmunds who is considered as far lesser prospect overall - however, given the circumstances he should start right away with newly signed Morgan Burnett.

The Steelers are more than a fine team in many aspects. Still, without a proper replacement for Ryan Shazier, it's difficult to see them advancing very far in the playoffs. The first position in the AFC North should be the real target.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns have finally traded for Tyrod Taylor and added the first-overall choice on Baker Mayfield. It's sure that Taylor will be the first pick according to their coach Jackson.

They also improved their receivers unit as they obtained Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins. They failed to get a replacement in offensive line when Joe Thomas retired. The rest of the blocking unit seems to be just fine.

Their defensive line should be better this season as they made many moves on the market in that direction. Cornerback Denzel Ward came as a fourth overall choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. He should start across from E.J. Gaines who was signed as a free agent.

They have also traded for Damarious Randall, ex-Packers cornerback. The secondary unit is reinforced, as the Browns have Myles Garrett who already did fine in his rookie season.

They have improved the roster significantly and will be much more potent in the offence. They shouldn't be hoping for miracles, but a couple of victories are on the paper for them.

Baltimore Ravens

They have opted for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in the opening round this offseason. They brought some new receivers signing John Brown and Willie Snead earlier.

Their right end was reinforced. Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews should be able to help the unit as much as possible. They seem to be weaker after the departure of Ryan Jensen and Austin Howard.

Finally, we are coming to some of the positive news for the Ravens. The secondary is packed with quality as Jimmy Smith remains to be an excellent cornerback. First-round pick Marlon Humphrey is also there, while Tavon Young will only add depth to their unit.

The position of safeties is also looking decent with Tony Jefferson and Eric Weddle. Linebacking position with C.J. Mosley should be looking for an improvement this season with the Ravens not having much more quality at the position.

Ravens still remain one of the better teams in AFC North division, but shouldn't be able to reach 0.5 records.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals lost most of their talented blockers in the previous offseason, as Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler left the club. Having that in mind, it seems that guard Clint Boling is now only capable blocker in the team.

They have traded for Bill's left tackle Cordy Glenn before the draft too place. They have also signed Ohio State centre Billy Price and this two should make some impact if the team is to improve.

They signed Preston Brown who was solid last year. He is a solid second linebacker to have alongside Burfict, but the problem will struggle while the latter one misses.

New signing Chris Baker, formerly from Washington and Tampa Bay, did well in 2016, but looked fairly poor in previous one and was released by the Buccaneers. They spent second-round choice on Jessie Bates who should be close to challenging for the starting spot.

It seems that the Bengals will be decent this season, but nothing more than that. They could be involved into winning the division in the end, even though their overall record can't be anywhere close to positive.

Indianapolis Colts

The most important prominent blocker added this offseason was Quenton Nelson, sixth overall pick in the most recent Draft.

Smith, who was chosen in the second round could be favourite to start. The Colts also added a tackle with Austin Howard now almost looking sure as their right option.

They have also signed a couple of players to improve Luck's receiving corps. Ryan Grant was added and he is set to replace Donte Moncrief. The Colts spend fourth and fifth round picks on Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins.

The front office needed many upgrades on every level this offseason. Their secondary unit seems to be the worst as they had only two real cornerbacks last season. One of them was Rashaan Melvin who signed for the Raiders as a free agent.

A lot will depend on Andrew Luck's availability during the season. In case things go south regarding Luck's health, the Colts may easily end up having the top pick in the NFL 2019 Draft.

Houston Texans

The Texans had a huge setback last season when their important player and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson got injured. He is expected to be fully fit for the start of the new season.

Blocking units should be quite poor this season. Starting tackles should be Julien Davenport and Seantrel Henderson - awful options. A third-round pick was used to get Martinas Rankin.

The Texans also suffered difficult destiny with their defensive players and injuries in the previous season. Whitney Mercilius and J.J. Watt were also lost for a complete season in the very same game. It seems that Watt will be fully fit for the Week 1.

Tyrann Mathieu looks almost sure to start at strong safety. He should help the team a lot and as such, he is a huge signing for the Texans.

The newly signed player is also cornerback Aaron Colvin who played decently well for Jacksonville last season. They will need some improvement in this section from younger guys since Johnathan Joseph seems to be far away from his best days.

The Texans are one of the teams with the biggest quality gap between their offensive and defensive lines. The team can end up deep in the playoffs. The first position in AFC South is a realistic target.

Tennessee Titans

The biggest change with the Titans' offensive line should be the fact that they have a completely new coaching team.

The Titans have signed Dion Lewis who had great communication with Tom Brady and now is expected to do the same with Mariota. The offensive line should stay completely the same and it could be a weapon for the Titans.

Cornerback Malcolm Butler was surely their biggest signing in the defensive sector of the team. He has been one of the best cornerbacks in recent years and no wonder the Titans choose to give him five years deal worth of a 61$ million contract.

The Titans have upgraded their linebacking corps getting Rashaan Evans. He is set to start next to Wesley Woodyard.

Second-round choice gave them Harold Landry. He is set to start together with Derrick Morgan and experienced Brian Orakpo as two edge rushers. The Titans also signed nose tackle Bennie Logan who did a decent job at the Chiefs last season.

A lot will depend on how the new coaching staff gets going with the players. They look like a perfect candidate for the second position in AFC South division. Their destiny in the playoffs is difficult to predict for now.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Τhe team signed guard Andrew Norwell for a 66.5$ million five years deal - there will be no excuse. No doubt that such a huge deal was deserved for Norwell, as he stands out as one of the top guards in the whole NFL.

Allen Robinson left the team to a free agency during the offseason. He barely played in 2017, but no doubt that the club will miss his healthy appearances. Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole or D.J. Chark will have to step up and take the job seriously this time.

The signing of a Calais Campbell was a great addition last offseason, as he proved to be one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL. Τhey could even be better in this part of the game, as they got the first-round choice Taven Bryan, who is set to be Campbell's replacement in next years.

Τhe Jaguars spent a third-round pick on safety Ronnie Harrison. On the other side, nickel corner Aaron Colvin will be missed this season. Linebacker Paul Posluszny decided to retire, but Blair Brown should be doing a decent job there after promising previous season.

Getting back to reality, they can't expect to have a similar season again. It will be a huge surprise to see them being close to the play-off spots.

Oakland Raiders

Coach Jon Gruden was hired for the new season and his probably biggest signing was Greg Olson who should be controlling entire offence.

Amari Cooper should also be able to bounce back to positive ways after recovering fully. Influential player Michael Crabtree is gone, so it remains to be seen whether they will live up to expectations.

The Raiders signed the first-round choice Kolton Miller from UCLA. The blocking unit also seems to have improved. Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin are looking like solid choices there.

They are having two new cornerbacks: Gareon Conley who was a first-round pick in 2017 and will be one of the starters now. Across from him will be Rashaan Melvin who was signed from the Colts in the offseason.

Linebacking corps is having two new starters, as the club signed Tahir Whitehead from Detroit Lions. He should defend their tight ends well now. Derrick Johnson is a bit old now (36), but he can still do a proper job when needed.

The Raiders had terrible luck last season with injuries. In case they stay healthy, the team can go for big things this time. They could easily end up second in AFC West division.

Denver Broncos

They had to settle for ex-Viking quarterback Case Keenum in the offseason, even though it was obvious that their primary target was Kirk Cousins. Still, he should be a huge improvement as the player will bring much more mobility in their game-plan.

Two early draft choices were spent here on Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. Shane Ray failed to replace DeMarcus Ware last season and the Broncos had to react with the NFL 2018 Draft choices. They selected Bradley Chub as fifth pick overall and it seems that he is a great decision to start with.

The linebacking corps are not at the best possible level. Brandon Marshall seems like the only quality option but even he is coming from a poor season and has gone through several injuries.

The Broncos weren't that poor last season, but are expecting quite a big improvement in the new one. They lack quality in running backs and defensive line overall, however, the offence will improve without a question. They are expecting a very difficult battle in their AFC West division surely being close to half of the victories in the season.

Kansas City Chiefs

Their key quarterback Alex Smith was traded, but there shouldn't be much difference regarding their quality in the offence. Patrick Mahomes is more than capable of replacing him well. He will have great addition in Sammy Watkins who was signed as a free agent.

Kansas City actually lost a couple of really good players in the defence including Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hall, and Marcus Peters. The first two are close to finish their careers and might not be such a blow, however, Peters is still in his very prime.

Cornerback Kendall Fuller was signed in the trade of quarterback Smith, so this is actually a decent move to get an excellent player. Two nose tackles were signed in the offseason as they brought Xavier Williams from Arizona Cardinals and got a third-round pick in Derrick Nnadi from Florida State.

Linebacker Anthony Hitchens signed a five years deal worth of 45$ million. He played excellent last season and should continue in the same manner. They might have bit of a problem in the edge rush position since they have no quality solution except Justin Houston.

The Chiefs are surely favourites to win the division and moreover, have a really good chance to go far in the playoffs.

Los Angeles Chargers

No doubt that Joey Bosa is their key player in the defence for the last two years now. Together with Melvin Ingram, they make a perfect duo and their contribution is amazing. Not only that, the Chargers are having a really great unit in their cornerbacks. Casey Hayward is one of the top players in that position.

Desmond King has probably been underrated at Draft the last offseason as he was just a fifth-round choice. However, the player had a great starting season and should continue to improve. However, the Chargers surely need improvement at safety positions. That's why they signed Derwin James from Florida State and he should be quite a deal for them at the Draft.

Justin Jones was added to improve the defensive tackle rotation and he should be starting option for them. Corey Liuget is having problems with injuries for seasons while the others were even worse in previous years.

The Chargers had some really bad luck in the previous season. They should end up with a couple of more wins than the previous year, while they certainly have the quality to be a huge obstacle to most of the sides in the playoffs.

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  1. FairPlayBet says:

    Good job and well done for the effort, Damir. This was really big task.

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