Plus, Houston shored up a secondary that ranked 24th against the pass last season by signing safety Tyrann Mathieu and slot cornerback Aaron Colvin in free agency.
Speaking of big free-agent signings, the Tennessee Titans could make some serious noise if their flurry of offseason activity pays off.
The 2017 AFC wild-card qualifiers started by firing Mike Mularkey and replacing him with Mike Vrabel—who figures to implement a more dynamic, less predictable offense after hiring former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to oversee play-calling duties.
While last year was defined by Andrew Luck’s absence because of ongoing shoulder issues, the three-time Pro Bowler appears poised for a return following an extensive rehabilitation process.
I really feel like I’ve been away from the game of football for a long time—and it’s weird, Luck told the team’s official website. I haven’t missed a season since I was in fourth grade until last year. And those are weird things to sort of rectify in your mind, and it certainly is causing a lot of motivation from that to get back and have fun.
When he does hit the field, Luck will do so in a fresh scheme captained by new head coach and former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as the Colts look to make a leap after scoring a 30th-ranked 16.4 points per game last season.
If they can vault into the middle of the pack in that regard, some order should be restored.
That said, the Colts should continue to take a backseat to the Jaguars, Texans and Titans with their defense a major question mark.
In other words, Indianapolis will aim to make incremental strides during Reich’s first year at the helm before trying to turn the corner as the decade draws to a close.
The manager was beleaguered and asked to defend his sometimes controversial moves during the slow start of the season. But four wins in six games on the recent road trip and seven victories in nine games overall have taken some of the pressure off the first-year manager.
The Phillies posted back-to-back sweeps of Cincinnati and Tampa Bay – the latter on the road – and dropped two out of three in Atlanta.
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