Around the AFC South

Houston has a new quarterback and their best player has a new contract. The Titans locked up their best defensive player and the Colts have some questions on the offensive line. We're going to take a look around the AFC South and check in on the Jaguars chief rivals.

With opening day just 5 days from now, we’re going to take a look around the AFC South to find out what the Jaguars rivals are up to.

Houston Texans

The Texans secured the best defensive player in football as they came to an agreement with defensive end J.J. Watt on a 6-year, $100 million contract. Watt will team up with first-overall pick Jadeveon Clowney for a minimum of five seasons, as both are now signed long term.

Not only is Watt arguably the best player in football, but he’s also one of the hardest workers so making him the highest paid defensive player in the history of the sport seems to be a no brainer.

The Texans may have secured a quarterback of the future as they executed a trade with the New England Patriots for Ryan Mallett. The Texans sent a conditional seventh-round pick to the Pats for Mallett, a player who they spent a third-round pick on a few years ago.

Mallett has a strong arm but lacks accuracy, has poor footwork and hasn’t shown much in his preseason opportunities.

Texans preseason record: 2-2; Opening day: vs. Washington

Tennessee Titans

The Titans did some contract work over the weekend as they came to terms on an extension with arguably their best defensive lineman, Jurrell Casey. The terms are reportedly 4-years for $36 million.

“We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell,” said Titans general manager Ruston Webster. “This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell’s professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come.”

Tennessee also added veteran linebacker and former Jaguars second-round pick Quentin Groves to round out their final 53-man roster. The team added kicker Ryan Succop as well after he was released from Kansas City.

Titans preseason record: 2-2; Opening day: at Kansas City

Indianapolis Colts

The defending AFC South champions claimed their former center A.Q. Shipley off waivers, and it’s possible that he could be the team’s opening day starter if the injured Khaled Holmes and Jonotthan Harrison can’t go.

Shipley talked about the ups and downs of getting waived and them picked up.

“It’s definitely a little bit of a whirlwind. It’s been an interesting weekend for sure. You go from a down, then you get an up. You find out you’re coming here, then you’re on a plane three hours later and eight hours later you’re back in here running reps."

Indianapolis has some uncertainty on their offensive line as that position is arguably the weakest on the team. Fortunately, Andrew Luck has great mobility and a quick release, minimizing the impact of a questionable offensive line.

Colts preseason record: 0-4; Opening day: at Denver

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