Pacman Jones doesn't think the Jacksonville Jaguars are the top team in the AFC South
Nobody will argue that the Houston Texans have had a highly productive offseason. However, they have lots of ground to cover before they can catch up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Don't tell Pacman Jones though, as he thinks Houston is the best team in the AFC South ahead of the 2023 regular season.
The Pat McAfee crew recently discussed if Trevor Lawrence deserved to be placed on Tier 6 in Kyle Brandt's list of AFC quarterbacks. But the conversation then shifted to whether the Jaguars were the team to beat in AFC South That's when Pacman Jones told everyone he isn't ready to take Jacksonville seriously yet.
While Jones acknowledges that Lawrence should have gotten a better spot in Brandt's ranking, Houston is his pick for the best team in the AFC South, at least on paper.
"Right now, on paper, I think the Texans are the better team", Jones said. "I'm not sold to the Trevor Lawrence list yet. Yeah, he should be up on the list, should he be up on the list? Yeah, he should be, but I wouldn't say they just solely gonna win the [expletive] division".
Jones later says that he isn't impressed with the receivers in the AFC South, "I'm just saying that conference (division) has standout guys". When Calvin Ridley was brought up, the former NFL cornerback pointed out that he hasn't played since 2021.
The Texans signed tight end Dalton Schultz, running back David Singletary, linebacker Denzel Perryman, and wide receiver Robert Woods. They then drafted two franchise building blocks in quarterback C.J. Stroud and defensive end Will Anderson Jr.
All these players will join a group that includes running Dameon Pierce, left tackle Laremy Tunsil and guard Shaq Mason. With first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans at the helm, Houston is definitely trending up in the right direction. Having said that, the Texans had nowhere to go but up after going 3-13-1 last year. Here's the clip of Jones' comments on the Pat McAfee Show:
The Jaguars are better than the Texans, even if Pacman Jones disagree
The Houston Texans have the potential to double their win total from last year and won't be a guaranteed win on the Jacksonville Jaguars' schedule. However, it might take them a year or two before they become a realistic threat in the AFC South. Although they made key additions in free agency and the draft, they will probably need another offseason to fill all their roster holes.
On the other hand, the Jags did a good job of keeping their core together, even if they weren't able to retain defensive end Arden Key and right tackle Jawaan Taylor. Besides re-signing defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris, defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton and safety Andrew Wingard, the Jags will see wide receiver Calvin Ridley in action after trading for him last year.
You could argue that the Texans come out of the draft with a better haul and that's a pretty good point but both teams had a different approach. Houston needed to find a franchise quarterback (and a handful of playmakers) while the Jaguars' main goal was to add depth to their roster.
In the end, the Texans deserve credit for making upgrades in the offseason but that doesn't mean that they're ready to challenge the Jaguars for the division crown. Make no mistake though, Houston will be fun to watch but they need to rack up a few wins before they can become legitimate contenders.