- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Houston Texans didn’t make the cut as one of the three deepest teams in the NFL, according to Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders.
But the AFC South is well represented in his three shallowest teams: Both the Colts and the Jaguars make the cut.
A look at his rationale:
McCown: “Perhaps the most telling indication that this team has little depth is that the recent foot injury suffered by inside linebacker Pat Angerer could lead head coach Chuck Pagano to seriously consider elevating Moise Fokou or Greg Lloyd to the starting lineup. You may remember those names from August 2nd, when the Colts traded Kevin Thomas and a seventh-round pick for them in an ‘our castoffs for your castoffs’ deal.”
Kuharsky: I don't think Lloyd is in the mix to sub for Angerer; it's Jerrell Freeman and Fokou. Name the deepest spot on the Colts. Outside linebacker? If Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney transition well and Jerry Hughes emerges, they’d be three-deep, which is really the minimum number of functional outside backers you need in a 3-4. Receiver? Maybe -- if Austin Collie stays healthy, Donnie Avery rebounds and rookies T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill pan out.
McCown: After addressing the offensive line, which we hit recently, he turns to defense. “The Jaguars do have Aaron Ross and can field a respectable back end with their corners and safeties, but Russell Allen may have to ascend to the starting lineup due to Clint Session's post-concussion issues, and top young defensive line backups Austen Lane and D'Anthony Smith have been underwhelming and injured, respectively.”
Kuharsky: Allen can be OK as the third linebacker, but the question is who’s fourth? Rookie Julian Stanford is hopefully better than Kyle Bosworth. I think they have some talented young corners and can be good on the interior defensive line, where C.J. Mosley outranks Smith. Quarterback, offensive line, receivers, safety and end all have depth issues. But I am not sure there aren’t three teams less deep than the Jags.