Friday, April 5, 2013
Eight in the Box: Under the radar
By Paul Kuharsky
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A look at the top under-the-radar move made by each AFC South team thus far this offseason:
Houston Texans: Is Shane Lechler under the radar? As punters go, he’s a big deal. But he is a punter. Anyway, the Texans haven’t done a lot in free agency, and Lechler has a tremendous leg. The Texans need to get a lot better on special teams. And while punter Donnie Jones was not one of their problems last year, Lechler should be an upgrade and can be symbolic of a changing tide on special teams.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts had a lot of options on the cornerback market, and prices wound up being pretty reasonable. But they targeted Greg Toler right from the start and landed him immediately for three years and $15 million. The former Arizona Cardinal hardly has the name recognition of Nnamdi Asomugha, Sean Smith or Keenan Lewis. But he will have an opportunity to be the Colts' No. 2 cornerback and provide a major upgrade to a unit that was a serious weakness a season ago.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Roy Miller isn’t a well-known player. But I think the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer will prove to be a solid run-stopper in the middle of the defensive line for the Jaguars. Jacksonville let Terrance Knighton leave as a free agent and cut C.J. Mosley. The Jaguars haven't been especially active in free agency aside from adding Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks at defensive tackle. I think Miller is a dirty-work guy who will help the Jaguars get better, and a team with a new coaching staff typically likes to start on defense with an emphasis on stopping the run.
Tennessee Titans: The interior offensive line depth in 2012 was comprised of guys such as Deuce Lutui and Kevin Matthews, and the Titans wound up calling on them when front-line players were injured -- and suffering for it. Andy Levitre was the big-ticket addition and should be a problem-solver in the starting lineup. In quieter moves, Tennessee brought in Rob Turner and Chris Spencer. Maybe one ends up starting at right guard. Ideally, a draft pick gets that job, and Turner and Spencer provide a much better safety-net situation.