Training Camp Preview: AFC South

Sun Jul 19 8:56pm ET
Sr Fantasy Writer

Fuller could play big role

This is the third preview in a series of training camp previews. We will continue to release the previews throughout the week. The previews give you a quick look at each team, going over position battles and injuries to watch in camp. The season is right around the corner.


The Titans were a win away from the Super Bowl last year, surprising many. The emergence of Ryan Tannehill was a big reason for the success. He starts from day one this year and will be watched closely in camp to see if he can build off last season. Tannehill might have a lot of pressure on him, so it will be interesting to see how he handles it. Tennessee opens camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

Position battle: Jonnu Smith should be the starting tight end for the Titans this year but the team won’t hand him the job. He was up and down in a starting role last year, so he’ll need to show more consistency if he wants the job full time. Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt will provide some competition for Smith for the starting job. Again, Smith should be the starter but this isn’t a 100 percent slam dunk.

Injury watch: Running back Derrick Henry is not injured but it will be interesting to see how the Titans handle his workload. Henry topped 300 carries for the first time in his career last season. He is expected to be the workhorse back for the offense again this year, getting a lot of work. Tennessee should take it easy with their star back in camp and preseason action. They need him 100 percent for the start of the year and for him to stay healthy all season.


The Colts made a big change at quarterback, getting Philip Rivers to take over. So much of this camp will be focused on Rivers and his switch to a new team and offense after so many seasons with the same team. Can Rivers make a smooth transition and take the Colts offense to a new level this season? We’ll get an idea, starting in training camp at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Position battle: The Colts surprised some by taking Jonathan Taylor in the second round of this year’s draft. Many considered Taylor the most talented back in the draft, so he has a chance to make a big impact his rookie season. He will need to beat out Marlon Mack for the staring job, though. Mack had his first 1,000-yard season last year and was a productive back in a starting role. Taylor has a lot of talent, though, and seems to have a real shot to open the season as the starter, beating out Mack for the job. 

Injury watch: Receiver Parris Campbell battled injury much of his rookie year. This really derailed his once promising season. Campbell was a shell of himself because of a foot injury. He is supposed to be 100 percent now, though, and will challenge for a big role offensively. He has the talent to be a difference maker in the passing game, so keep an eye on his status this training camp. As long as he is healthy, Campbell should play a role in this offense.


The Jaguars were a disappointment last year, finishing 6-10. The team will look to get things going in the right direction again, starting in training camp. Much of the season might depend on the development of Gardner Minshew. He will need to take a step forward if the Jaguars hope to win more games. Minshew and his teammates train at the TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Position battle: The Jaguars have a lot to sort out at receiver. D.J. Chark is the top option in the passing game but after him, there is a lot up for grabs. Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole are vying for playing time behind Chark. This should be a fierce battle because many of these players have similar ability. The starter opposite of Chark should have some fantasy value in an offense that will air it out on occasion. 

Injury watch: Tight end Tyler Eifert is not injured right now but has missed a lot of time three of his last four seasons. He played a full season last year but played just 14 games the previous three years. He is a big-time injury risk. Eifert will start for the Jaguars as long as he proves he can stay healthy and looks 100 percent this training camp.


Houston had a lot of turnover this offseason as head coach Bill O’Brien continues to put his stamp on the team. O’Brien has a lot of pressure on him to succeed after getting rid of some of his top players in recent seasons. He will need to prove his moves were right if he hopes to keep coaching this team. O’Brien and his players will train at the Houston Texans Training Center in Houston, Texas. 

Position battle: The Texans made a big change at receiver this offseason, trading DeAndre Hopkins. The team added some new players, getting Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb. The Texans also have Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee. These five will try to earn big spots on the depth chart and battle it out in camp for the right to start. You’ll want to watch this depth chart play out because the Texans are going to be a pass first team, meaning the receivers playing often could have a high fantasy ceiling.

Injury watch: Receiver Will Fuller missed five games again last season and has failed to play a full season all four seasons in the NFL. He is recovering from offseason core surgery and might not be 100 percent for training camp. Fuller should be ready to go for the start of the season but his injury history makes him a player to watch in training camp. Fuller has a chance to start and play a huge role in the Texans passing game, but needs to stay on the field for that to happen.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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