After talking about the NFC position battles, we now move on the the AFC. Let’s take a look at the AFC, division by division, and let’s see what position battles will be taking place during camps and the preseason games.
Houston Texans – Andre Johnson is not getting younger, and the Texans know this. The Texans went out and drafted both Keyshawn Martin and Devier Posey. They hope that one of them can become the #2WR with a strong offseason. The Texans also have Kevin Walter who was the #2WR last year, as well as training camp legend Lestar Jean. I expect Walter to retain his job as the #2WR early in the year, and Jean to be the #3WR this year,
Indianapolis Colts – Long ago were the days of Manning and James leading the Colts to the playoffs. The Colts have now let Manning go and handed the key to Andrew Luck. The problem is the Colts are still looking for their lead back. The Colts have tried out both Donald Brown and Delone Carter in hopes of finding their lead back. They are still hoping one of them can stand out, and I expect Brown to come out of the preseason as the lead back come week 1.
Jacksonville Jaguars – To say Blaine Gabbert struggled last season would be an understatement. Granted he was a rookie, he seemed to be lost most of the season, often not sure what to do when in the pocket. The Jags will give Chad Henne the opportunity the chance to impress them, but I expect the Jags to stick with Gabbert, and hope he improves immensely over the course of the season. If Gabbert continues to struggle, Henne will get the chance to lead the Jags this season.
Tennessee Titans – The Titans have searched for the QB of the future for several years since McNair left Tennessee. It appears the Titans have found their guy with Jake Locker. Locker had a great career at Washington, and had a solid rookie year last year for the Titans. Both he and Matt Hasselbeck will fight for the starting job. Will the Titans start Hasselbeck, and switch to Locker in the middle of the year? I think so. Though I would not be shocked if Locker won the job outright in the preseason, and starts week 1.