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Matt Kalil, the team’s starting left tackle, struggled mightily in his first year with the squad after signing a five-year, $55 million contract last offseason. In 2020, Kalil will still have a dead cap number of $9.8 million. Regardless of how poorly he plays, Kalil’s contract almost ensures he’ll continue to start for the team for the next two or three seasons.

The Panthers are also going into the season with Devin Funchess, Torrey Smith, rookie first-round pick D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel at receiver. While that’s a better receiving corps than they had at the end of last season, it’s difficult to identify a clear-cut No. 2 receiver behind Funchess in 2018.

In the front seven, Carolina will replace Star Lotulelei’s snaps with free-agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Butler. Outside of that swap of defensive tackles and Thomas Davis’ four-game suspension, the front seven should continue to roll through the NFC. The team’s secondary is what could hold it back on defense.

Last year’s winless Cleveland Browns weren’t as bad as their record would indicate. Had they been able to carry over any first-half momentum into the second halves of games, not turned the ball over at an alarming rate in the red zone and had receivers who could catch a cold, they otherwise had the talent of a 5-11 rather than a 0-16 team.

At quarterback, Cleveland traded for Tyrod Taylor, who at worst was average in Buffalo, and spent the No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield, who had the two highest passer ratings ever for a Power Five quarterback. At running back, traditional runners Carlos Hyde, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, and Nick Chubb, a second-round pick out of Georgia, join pass-catcher Duke Johnson.

At receiver, Josh Gordon is slated to play a 16-game season, and former first-round pick Corey Coleman is healthy. The Browns also traded for slot receiver Jarvis Landry and spent a fourth-round pick on high-upside Florida wideout Antonio Callaway.

Cleveland got stronger on defense as well. The team spent the fourth overall pick on Denzel Ward, making him the highest-drafted cornerback since Charles Woodson, and traded for Damarious Randall, who was the Green Bay Packers’ top cornerback last year and will convert to safety for the Browns.

Last season, seven Dallas Cowboys players had at least 100 receiving yards. With the release of Dez Bryant, the expected retirement of Jason Witten and Brice Butler’s decision to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley are the only non-running backs in that group who are set to return to the 2018 Cowboys.

Dallas’ offensive line should be strong again this year, especially after the team spent a second-round pick on Connor Williams, but the majority of quarterback Dak Prescott’s production in 2018 will come from throwing to receivers he’s never played with. Who knows how Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin and rookie third-round pick Michael Gallup are going to translate?

On defense, the Cowboys’ only major addition was No. 19 overall pick Leighton Vander Esch. In the nickel-heavy NFL, either Vander Esch, 2016 second-round pick Jaylon Smith or star linebacker Sean Lee will be on the bench more than they will be on the field. As a result, don’t expect Dallas’ defensive efficiency to surge this year.

If you stopped watching the Texans when Watson went down, you likely missed why they lost enough games to send the Cleveland Browns the fourth overall pick. First, their offensive line was a liability across the board. Second, their defensive backfield was one of the worst in the NFL, if not the worst.

Last year, the Texans basically punted on free agency. This year, they had no picks in the first two rounds of the draft. Outside of betting on safety Tyrann Mathieu to bounce back and hoping J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus recover from their 2017 injuries, there isn’t much reason to think Houston will progress in 2018.

Out of Watson, Watt, Mercilus and Mathieu, at least one of them likely won’t resemble the player he was a season or two ago. With the offensive line and defensive backfield not leaving the team with much room for error, it’ll be an uphill battle for Houston to make the playoffs.

The AFC South should be much more competitive in 2018 than it has been in recent years. The Indianapolis Colts hope to get star quarterback Andrew Luck back, the Jacksonville Jaguars went to the AFC Championship Game last year and the Tennessee Titans also won a playoff game. The Texans are making up for what amounts to a missed offseason over the last two years, but they still have some work to do.