New faces: S Ed Reed, WR DeAndre Hopkins, P Shane Lechler, FB Greg Jones, CB Alan Ball.
Saying goodbye: LB Connor Barwin, S Glover Quin, WR Kevin Walter, RB Justin Forsett, K Shayne Graham.
Youth movement: The Texans let Barwin go in free agency and plan on replacing him with second-year man Whitney Mercilus, who had six sacks as a rookie.
Best young player: DE J.J. Watt, left.
Pressure’s on: QB Matt Schaub. The “elite” debate for quarterbacks can be tiresome, but it’s worth having when it comes to Schaub. He’s produced decent numbers (three 4,000 yard seasons in the last four years), but needs to take the next step by taking his team deep into the postseason.
New faces: RB Ahmad Bradshaw, LB Kelvin Sheppard, DL Ricky Jean Francois, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, S LaRon Landry.
Saying goodbye: DE Dwight Freeney, WR Austin Collie, DE Jerry Hughes, CB Jerraud Powers, OT Winston Justice.
Youth movement: The Colts let the 33-year-old Freeney go and replaced him with former Packers outside linebacker Erik Walden.
Best young player: QB Andrew Luck. He was sacked 41 times as a rookie, so the Colts set about this offseason rebuilding their offensive line to protect him. Good idea.
Pressure’s on: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. He’s escaped after four forgettable years in Oakland. With a promising young quarterback, Heyward-Bey will now have to prove he belongs in the NFL.
New faces: LG Andy Levitre, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, S George Wilson, TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene.
Saying goodbye: TE Jared Cook, QB Matt Hasselbeck, G Steve Hutchinson, DT Sen’Derrick Williams, S Jordan Babineaux.
Youth movement: Not many. The Titans shelled out big money in free agency in an effort to get back to the playoffs. Replacing Hutchinson with the ex-Bill Levitre qualifies.
Best young player: DE Derrick Morgan. The fourth-year pro had 59 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season, including four in the past four games.
Pressure’s on: QB Jake Locker. The Titans rebuilt the offensive line, have solid receiving options and got Locker a safety valve in Walker. The pieces are in place, Locker just needs to be more consistent.
New faces: RB Justin Forsett, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, LB Geno Hayes, CB Marcus Trufant,
Saying goodbye: RB Rashad Jennings, WR Laurent Robinson, DT Terrance Knighton, LB Daryl Smith, CB Derek Cox.
Youth movement: The Jaguars are young at receiver. Second-year man Justin Blackmon is the penciled-in No. 1, but he’s out for the first four games because of a suspension. Jacksonville also has rookies Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson in the fold.
Best young player: WR Cecil Shorts. The third-year pro registered 55 catches for 979 yards and seven TDs last season – great numbers on a terrible offense.
Pressure’s on: QB Blaine Gabbert: He threw for just nine touchdowns and six interceptions and finished 25th in passer rating last year. He’s down to his final chance to stick with the team. - J.S.