The AFC South certainly had an argument as the worst division in football last year, but the Houston Texans bounced back from a 2-5 start to win seven of the last nine regular season games and grab the division title. A 9-7 record probably won’t be enough to lock down the AFC South in 2016 after an influx of talent in the offseason, though.
The biggest concern for the Jaguars heading into training camp has to be injuries. It remains to be seen how Myles Jack’s knee will hold up in training camp.
There typically aren’t bright spots during Authentic Jon Ryan Jersey three-win seasons, particularly at the quarterback position, but Marcus Mariota showed the skills that made him the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He also validated many of the concerns about his body type by suffering multiple knee injuries as a rookie.
The list of terrible field conditions is a long one, and Authentic Justin Britt Jersey that’s without going back too far into the past. Reggie Bush’s season ended last year thanks to the exposed concrete in St. Louis’ old dome. Who could forget the grass at FedEx field playing its part in ending RG3’s rookie season?
The conditions at Bank of America Stadium were terrible throughout the Panthers’ playoff run. At one point, they resorted to painting it. The Steelers lost their kicker because of a garbage field in the Hall of Fame game last year, and Aaron Rodgers didn’t hold back when asked about injuries and Tampa’s field.
Fields for the NFL’s international games have been especially suspect — workers spent halftime picking up clumps of grass at Wembley Stadium during one 2014 game — and will get special attention from the new committee.
Not even the Super Bowl is immune from terrible field conditions. The turf at Levi’s Stadium was in bad shape for Super Bowl 50, and the next Super Bowl is in Houston, where the turf at NRG Stadium was literally coming apart at the seams.
“We have a lot of very unrealistic discussions in recruiting sometimes. And just the distinct viable, tangible possibility of playing in the NFL and participating in the Olympic Games was something, from day one, the guy had a plan,” Helfrich said at Pac-12 Media Days. “And then a willingness and a desire to see it through has just been unbelievable.”
Allen is gifted. He was a four-star receiver recruit out of Arizona in 2013.
But Allen has used track to sharpen his football career and vice versa. Track runs through the winter and spring, so he shows up for fall football camp in better shape than most. And Allen thinks football gives him a mental edge on the track.
“Football’s one of those things,” Allen said. “You learn a lot from it, and it makes you adjust and it has you not really panic. And sometimes in track and field, a lot of athletes panic if something goes wrong, and I’m kind of one of those guys who says, ‘Hey, whatever comes, it will come, and I’ll be okay,’ and kind of roll with the flow, roll with the punches.”