- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

AFC preseason capsules, by divisions:



OPEN CAMP: July 22, Anderson, Indiana.

LAST YEAR: Colts won first division title without Peyton Manning in nearly two decades, and Andrew Luck rallied them from 28-point deficit to pull off second-greatest playoff comeback in NFL history against Chiefs. But at New England, Luck threw four interceptions in 43-22 blowout that prevented Indy vs. Manning matchup for AFC championship.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: LBs D’Qwell Jackson and Jonathan Newsome; DT Arthur Jones; OLs Lance Louis and Jack Mewhort; WRs Hakeem Nicks and Donte Moncrief.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: LB Pat Angerer; S Antoine Bethea; RB Donald Brown; DT Aubrayo Franklin; WR Darrius Heyward-Bey; OL Samson Satele.

CAMP NEEDS: Find starting center, improve along offensive line, solidify pass defense, pass rush, and finding replacement for Bethea in secondary.

EXPECTATIONS: In division that lacks standout quarterbacks and Super Bowl contenders, Luck and Colts stand apart. They made playoffs in 2012, won playoff game last year and appear poised to take next logical step. But to win NFL title, need WR Reggie Wayne to be healthy, Luck to be protected better, and improved defense that will be without NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis for first four games.


OPEN CAMP: July 25, Nashville, Tennessee.

LAST YEAR: QB Jake Locker missed nine games, including final seven, and Titans missed playoffs for fifth straight season. Owner/founder Bud Adams died in October, and son-in-law Tommy Smith became president/CEO. Smith fired Mike Munchak in January when coach wouldn’t make some staff changes, ending Hall of Fame lineman’s 31-year tenure with this franchise as player and coach.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Coach Ken Whisenhunt; defensive coordinator Ray Horton; RB-WR Dexter McCluster; LBs Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard; OTs Michael Oher and Taylor Lewan; RB Bishop Sankey.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: RB Chris Johnson; Pro Bowl CB Alterraun Verner; QB Ryan Fitzpatrick; RT David Stewart.

CAMP NEEDS: RB Shonn Greene needs to be healthy after two knee surgeries. Lewan can push both veteran LT Michael Roos or Oher for playing time. WR Justin Hunter must keep developing while keeping some of weight he added. Defensively, pick either Blidi Wreh-Wilson or Coty Sensabaugh as Verner’s replacement, settle linebacker starters and rotation transitioning to 3-4 scheme.

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