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Do not mess with Kawhi Leonard when he has his game face on.

© Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports When Kawhi Leonard (left) means business, he means business.

Marcus Morris messed with Leonard late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 126-103 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday. Morris gave Leonard the classic bunny ears, and Kawhi was not amused.

The look Kawhi gives Marcus Morris pic.twitter.com/tCvKmKciqH

— ESPN (@espn) August 2, 2020

When it’s game time for Kawhi, it’s game time.

Leonard was the second-leading scorer for the Clippers in the win, putting up 24 points, six rebounds and five assists. Paul George led the Clippers with 28 points, most of which came on his eight three-pointers. Morris had nine points.

The Clippers got out to such a big lead in the game early on that none of their starters played more than 27 minutes, leaving plenty of time for laughs on the bench — or serious faces, if you’re Kawhi.

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Full screen 1/22 SLIDES © Brian Spurlock / USA Today Images NBA players who have opted out of the bubble The NBA and 22 of its teams are heading to Orlando soon...but not every player from those teams will be joining them. As part of the deal between the league and the players' association, if a player is uncomfortable with participating — whether it's because of the coronavirus, social justice movements, injury or any reason — he will not be penalized or disciplined by the league or the teams. A handful of players have opted out, but only a few of them could impact the title race. We'll focus on those players first and the less significant absences toward the end. 2/22 SLIDES © Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Victor Oladipo - Indiana Pacers Of the players who were active in 2020, Oladipo is the highest-profile player to opt out of the bubble...or at least opt out of playing in the bubble. As he recently explained, Oladipo is planning on traveling with the Pacers to Orlando but will only be rehabbing, not playing. Oladipo, who appeared in 13 games this season (averaging a rusty 13.8 ppg.), was coming off a brutal knee injury and wants to make sure that he's completely healthy and confident in his body as he enters a free agent season in 2020-21. 3/22 SLIDES © Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Gordon Hayward - Boston Celtics "Daddy's always happy!" Hayward's wife is due to give birth to the couple's fourth child in September, and he will leave the bubble to be with his wife should the Celtics still be in the playoffs at that time. (Eastern Conference Finals begin in mid-September.) If Hayward leaves, it's unclear how long he'd be away and also whether he'd be able to reenter the bubble (and sufficiently quarantine) in time for the NBA Finals should Boston make it. While the Celtics have plenty of good players who are more than able to pick up the slack, it'd be quite an accomplishment if the Cs can win the whole damn thing without a player like Hayward (17.3 ppg., 6.5 rpg., 4.1 apg. in 45 games this season). 4/22 SLIDES © Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Avery Bradley - LA Lakers Though his raw numbers and advanced statistics aren't impressive, Bradley still played a key role for the Lakers as their defensive tone-setter. Bradley's ability to pressure ball handlers and pester opposing point guards is something that maybe only Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can replicate for the Lakers. Losing that depth could prove costly, considering most teams in the Western Conference have at least an above-average point guard. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/22 SLIDES © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Dwight Howard - L.A. Lakers It's still unclear whether Howard will travel with the Lakers to Orlando, but most indications point to him participating. Howard has been dealing with the unexpected death of the mother of one of his children as well as balancing his desire to continue to help with social justice. Because the Lakers expect him to travel with the team, they are not signing an additional replacement player. Thus, it'd be a significant loss to the Lake Show without his consistent two-way play off the bench in Orlando (7.5 ppg., 7.4 rpg., 1.2 bpg., 73.2 percent from the field). 6/22 SLIDES © David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Bojan Bogdanović - Utah Jazz Bogdanović was the first notable player to officially excuse himself from the Orlando bubble, as he and the Jazz decided that it was best for him to get surgery on his lingering wrist injury and prepare for next season. While his absence is certainly excusable, Bogdanović will be missed by the Jazz — especially, the 20.2 points per game he brought to the table on a nightly basis this past season. Without Bogdanović, the Jazz will need players like Mike Conley and Joe Ingles, both of whom struggled at various points this season, to step up their games for the Jazz to have any chance to advance out of the first round of the playoffs. 7/22 SLIDES © Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Spencer Dinwiddie - Brooklyn Nets Dinwiddie, who had a career year this season — averaging 20.6 ppg. and 6.8 apg. — recently announced that he tested positive for coronavirus. He might play in the bubble; he might not. He also might put "Trillion" in place of his last name on the back of his jersey to signify the United States debt. The latter of those uncertainties is far more interesting than anything Nets-related until Kevin Durant suits up for Brooklyn next season. 8/22 SLIDES © Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Kyrie Irving - Brooklyn Nets A few months ago, Kyrie elected to get season-ending shoulder surgery. A few weeks ago, Irving, the vice president of the NBA Players Association, sat through a meeting where the NBA and NBA Players Association ratified the plan to restart its season in Orlando, asking only questions about whether he'd be able to travel with the team. A week later, after being told "no," Irving tried to undermine the league's return by rallying a group of players who were indifferent or against the return. Kyrie's been pretty quiet this week, but who knows what next week, much less next month holds in store for the mercurial second coming of Stephon Marbury. 9/22 SLIDES © Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports LaMarcus Aldridge - San Antonio Spurs Aldridge (shoulder surgery) will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs for the Spurs. In any of the past 22 years, this would have been fairly big news, but the news barely made a peep because the Spurs probably won't be making the playoffs (4.0 games back with only eight games to go). It was another very solid season for LMA (18.9 ppg., 7.4 rpg.), but the reality is that the Spurs won't be making the playoffs anytime soon if Aldridge remains the focal point of the offense. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/22 SLIDES © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Dāvis Bertāns - Washington Wizards Bertans, or as we'll all be calling him after he gets overpaid this summer, "Ryan Anderson 2.0," was an obvious candidate to opt out of the bubble as soon as the NBA announced that 22 teams would be part of its restart. For one, Bertans' team, the Wizards, don't really belong in the bubble. as they're easily the worst team and have very low odds of making the playoffs. Second, Bertans, who apparently has a history of ACL injuries, doesn't want to jeopardize the huge payday that most anticipate is in his future for the 2020-21 offseason. And who can blame him? The Latvian sharpshooter had a career year this season, averaging 15.4 ppg. on 43-42-85 shooting splits, and his shooting from power forward position will be coveted by any team with cap room this summer including Washington. 11/22 SLIDES © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Kelly Oubre Jr. - Phoenix Suns While he isn't the most important player to opt out of the bubble, Oubre is one of the most talented. The 24-year-old had a career year, averaging 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game with 45-35-78 shooting splits. However, Oubre had injured his knee shortly before the shutdown in March and opted to pass on Orlando to continue to his rehab. This was not surprising in the least bit, as Phoenix is a full six games behind the eighth-place Grizzlies and probably shouldn't even be going to the bubble if we're being honest. 12/22 SLIDES © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports DeAndre Jordan - Brooklyn Nets Jordan is "Exhibit A" of why it pays to be a good dude. Jordan has somewhat mailed-in the past two seasons (9.8 ppg., 11.7 rpg., 1.0 bpg. over past two seasons vs 11.9 ppg., 14.2 rpg., 1.9 bpg. the previous five seasons) yet managed to land himself a four-year, $40M deal this past offseason and a spot in the proverbial Big 3 with the Nets (despite being a worse player and a much worse long-term prospect than the team's incumbent center, Jarrett Allen). With most of the Nets sitting out of Orlando, Jordan was probably looking for a way out of playing in the bubble long before he found out he was positive for COVID-19. 13/22 SLIDES © Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Garrett Temple - Brooklyn Nets Like Gordon Hayward, Garrett Temple (10.3 ppg.) will leave the bubble to be with his wife in mid-September should the Nets miraculously make the conference finals. They won't, so no need to dive too far down that rabbit hole. 14/22 SLIDES © Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports Trevor Ariza - Portland Trail Blazers The concept of losing Ariza for Orlando is more damaging than actually losing Ariza for Orlando. In theory, Ariza is a perfect three-and-D wing who has won a championship and competed in a plethora of big games throughout his career. In reality, that version of Ariza died in Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals where he went 0-12 and had zero points in nearly 42 minutes in a loss to the Warriors. Since then, he's been on four teams, three of which were more than happy to ship him elsewhere after less than a season. For Portland, losing Ariza, who recently turned 36, does little to impact the Blazers' already poor odds of making the playoffs, let alone winning a series. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/22 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Willie Cauley-Stein - Dallas Mavericks Entering the 2019-20 season, Cauley-Stein was a player who some thought could thrive in the Warriors' spread-out, fast-paced style of play. His length and athleticism should have made him a perfect role man for Steph Curry and a versatile defender anchoring the defense alongside Draymond Green. Unfortunately, Curry's injury sent the Warriors into tank mode almost immediately, and the WCS breakout train lost its steam. He ended up being traded to the Mavericks but had yet to make a big impact in his 13 games, averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. WCS will miss the bubble for the birth of his child. 16/22 SLIDES © Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports DeMarcus Cousins - Free Agent Poor Cousins is coming off a number of serious injuries (Achilles, quad, ACL) and actually hadn't appeared in a game this season (although he was a member of the Lakers until shortly after the trade deadline), yet teams were still interested in his services. Though it's doubtful that Cousins could have made a huge impact on the title race, he could have provided any team with some high-upside backup center minutes given his ability to score from the paint, shoot from three and do some playmaking. Hopefully, Boogie is healthy and ready to play from the jump in the 2020-21 season. 17/22 SLIDES © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Wilson Chandler - Brooklyn Nets Wait, Wilson Chandler is still in the league? Yes, but barely. Chandler's uninspiring 2019-20 season began with a nice 25-game PED suspension. The 33-year-old followed that up with 35 uneventful games where he averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Jack****s - er, I mean, that team in Brooklyn that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant supposedly play for. The odds of the Nets upsetting the two seed in the East without Irving or Durant are astronomically low, and the odds of Chandler making a difference in a playoff series at this stage of his career are even lower. If a player sits out of the NBA restart but it wouldn't have made a difference anyway, does that player even exist? Riddle me that, Kyrie! 18/22 SLIDES © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Courtney Lee - Dallas Mavericks Once an ideal three-and-D wing, Courtney Lee is no longer a relevant NBA player. In fact, if he wasn't on such a tradable contract the past few seasons, he probably wouldn't be in the league. He's appeared in only 58 games the past two seasons and made little-to-no statistical impact (4.2 ppg. in 13.3 mpg.). He'll miss the bubble due to a calf injury that he suffered during the league's stoppage. Not sure how he hurt his calf while quarantining, but it wasn't like his presence in the bubble was going to change the Mavericks' outlook one way or the other...that'll be up to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. 19/22 SLIDES © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Thabo Sefolosha - Houston Rockets Sefolosha is similar to Trevor Ariza in that we remember him being a good player years ago and we just assume he is still that same good player because...he looks the same. The Rockets actually probably improve by replacing Sefolosha with Luc Mbah a Moute, the former of whom is four years older and played only 10.6 minutes per game in 41 games for Houston. Sefolosha, who unfairly had his career somewhat sidetracked from an injury suffered in an ugly case of police brutality, is sitting out of the bubble for the safety of his family and to continue social justice efforts. 20/22 SLIDES © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Nic Claxton - Brooklyn Nets Who? For those who have never heard of Claxton, he's a raw rookie big man out of Georgia who appeared in 15 games for the Nets this year, averaging 4.4 points and 2.9 boards a game. While Claxton's injury has zero impact on the Nets' chances in the bubble, he'll miss out on an excellent opportunity to improve his game and get some valuable playoff reps. 21/22 SLIDES © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Durant - Brooklyn Nets Durant was probably never going to play in the bubble, but there was a moment a month or two ago when there was some speculation that both Kyrie Irving and Durant might return. Obviously, it would have been insane for Brooklyn to have KD return to the bubble just a little more than a year after his Achilles tear in last June's Finals — no matter how good he apparently looked in workouts before the coronavirus shutdown. 22/22 SLIDES © Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports John Wall - Washington Wizards Wall, who suffered multiple Achilles-related injuries toward the middle of the 2018-19 season, was never expected to play during the 2019-20 season. However, like Kevin Durant, Wall appears to have fully recovered from the injury, so there was a small chance he'd suit up for the Wizards later this summer. The team smartly decided against it though, so Wall will start the 2020-21 season fresh and hope to be one of the rare players who returns to his old form after such an injury. 22/22 SLIDES

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Safety is a spot where the retooled Vikings bring both talent and continuity, with Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris back. But the team is still seeking depth.

© Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Jahleel Addae will look to latch on with the Vikings.

The Vikings are set to work out Jahleel Addae, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. A longtime Chargers starter, Addae spent last season as a rotational player with the Texans.

This will be Addae’s age-30 season. The Texans passed on bringing him back in free agency, instead signing former Chiefs and Browns safety Eric Murray. Despite Addae starting just three games last season — the fewest since his rookie year — he played 48% of Houston’s snaps. For his career, Addae has started 59 games since becoming a Bolts undrafted free agent success story.

Minnesota has seen extensive turnover in its secondary this year, cutting Xavier Rhodes and seeing three other DBs — Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Jayron Kearse — defect in free agency. The Vikings may be eyeing an additional veteran presence to work in a secondary that will feature first-round rookie Jeff Gladney and potentially multiple other first-year corners playing key roles.

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Full screen 1/33 SLIDES © JAMIE GERMANO/ROCHES/USA Today Images All 32 NFL defenses, ranked The NFL has more offense than ever, but defense still has a place in winning championships. Here's a look at how all 32 defenses stack up going into training camp. 2/33 SLIDES © Charles LeClaire / USA Today Sports Images 1. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh's defense is full of star power with Cameron Heyward up front, pass rushers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, young inside linebacker Devin Bush, and safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds. The result last season was a defense ranking tied for fifth in points allowed and fifth in yards. The offense might be able to take care of the ball better with Ben Roethlisberger under center, which could go a long way in improving the points allowed. 3/33 SLIDES © Tommy Gilligan / USA Today Sports Images 2. Baltimore Ravens The Ravens are a perennial powerhouse on defense, allowing only 17.6 points per game last year, third best. The team's talent only got better in the offseason with the additions of Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe on the defensive line, along with rookie linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison. The secondary is elite with Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, and Earl Thomas, and coordinator Don Martindale's scheme frequently confuses quarterbacks. 4/33 SLIDES © Rich Barnes / USA Today Sports Images 3. Buffalo Bills Head coach Sean McDermott has done a nice job building the Bills into a playoff team during his tenure, and that starts with the upgraded defense. The Bills allowed the second fewest points in the NFL last season, only trailing the rival Patriots. There have been some significant losses in the offseason like Shaq Lawson, Jordan Phillips, and Lorenzo Alexander, but the core of the unit remains intact with Jerry Hughes, Tremaine Edmunds, and a star-studded secondary led by corner Tre'Davious White. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/33 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports Images 4. San Francisco 49ers With an influx of talent and coordinator Robert Saleh's third season, the 49ers defense had the biggest turnaround in football during 2019, going from 5th most points allowed to eighth least, and leading to their Super Bowl berth. The defensive line was ferocious, recording 48 sacks with dominance from new pass rushers Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. The team replaced DeForest Buckner with first-round pick Javon Kinlaw in the offseason, but they were able to extend Arik Armstead and likely maintain defensive line dominance. Cornerback Richard Sherman also revitalized his career last season with full health, and there's reason for optimism if he can repeat. 6/33 SLIDES © Harrison Barden / USA Today Sports Images 5. Minnesota Vikings The Vikings defense has been one of the league's most consistent since Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014, ranking in the top 11 in points allowed each season. They were fifth best in that category last year, even with poor cornerback play. Minnesota saw significant offseason turnover with the losses of three of their top four corners, along with 10-year defensive end Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph. As a result, the cash-strapped squad drafted two new cornerbacks in the first three rounds. There remains star power at all three levels led by pass rusher Danielle Hunter and linebacker Eric Kendricks, and there's no reason to think Zimmer won't still be able to get the job done. 7/33 SLIDES © Greg M. Cooper / USA Today Sports Images 6. New England Patriots Head coach Bill Belichick helped produce one of the best defenses of his career in 2019, which is saying a lot considering the defenses he architected with the Giants and New England. The team led the NFL with 14.1 points allowed per game, and were especially elite in the secondary, led by Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore. The loss of nearly the entire linebacking corps from 2019 is worrisome, along with safety Patrick Chung, but Belichick has continuously filled holes on his defense better than any coach in the game. 8/33 SLIDES © George Walker IV / USA Today Sports Images 7. Tennessee Titans Tennessee has undergone a culture transformation under head coach Mike Vrabel over the last two years, and the defense has made great strides, ranking third in points allowed in 2018 and 12th last season. The team's recent draft picks have produced, as 2018 linebacker draftees Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry had solidified the second level, and 2019 first rounder Jeffery Simmons showed great flashes after returning from injury. The team has found a star in interception machine Kevin Byard, and they're hopeful the addition of former Falcon Vic Beasley will spark the pass rush. 9/33 SLIDES © Ron Chenoy / USA Today Sports Images 8. Denver Broncos Denver has had a defensive reputation since winning the Super Bowl five years ago, and the defense still ranked 10th in points allowed last year despite the notable injury to Bradley Chubb. It's taken time for Vic Fangio to get his players in the scheme, but the transition could be complete with the addition of A.J. Bouye, joining 2019 cornerback acquisition Bryce Callahan. There remains plenty of talent at all three levels even after the losses of Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris Jr., and the defense is still led by Von Miller, entering his 10th season. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/33 SLIDES © George Walker IV / USA Today Sports Images 9. Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs offense got most of the attention last year, but it was their defensive improvement that made them a Super Bowl winner. The team switched to the 4-3 under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, spending huge money on Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason. Those moves worked out perfectly, and the team was also happy to re-sign star defensive tackle Chris Jones during the offseason. Stopping the run remains an issue for Kansas City, but they allowed the seventh fewest points in 2019 and return all of their top talent from last season. 11/33 SLIDES © Christopher Hanewinckel / USA Today Sports Images 10. New Orleans Saints Defensive improvement has been key for the Saints getting back to the playoffs over the last three seasons, with coordinator Dennis Allen rebuilding his reputation. The team ranked 13th in points and 11th in yards last season while continuing to create turnovers, and the secondary is improved after bringing back Janoris Jenkins and signing Malcolm Jenkins. Cameron Jordan remains one of the most consistent defensive linemen in football, and Demario Davis' impact on the run defense over the last two years has been abundantly clear. 12/33 SLIDES © Quinn Harris / USA Today Sports Images 11. Chicago Bears It shouldn't have been a shock to see the Bears regress from their elite 2018 unit with the loss of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and some personnel, but they still allowed the fourth fewest points in football last year. The pass rush disappointed with Khalil Mack having a down year, and the team hopes the return of Akiem Hicks form injury and addition of Robert Quinn remedies that issue. Still, the optout of nose tackle Eddie Goldman certainly hurts the team on the interior. The secondary also saw some major offseason changes with the losses of Prince Amukamara and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but anchors Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson remain. 13/33 SLIDES © Jake Roth / USA Today Sports Images 12. Los Angeles Chargers The Chargers defense regressed last season, going from eighth best in points allowed to 14th last year, though the offense also put them in bad spots far too often with turnovers. Derwin James' injury also played a big role in the Chargers struggles. The team looks better on paper this year with James' return, along with nose tackle Linval Joseph, first-round linebacker Kenneth Murray, and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Elite pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram still performed well last year, but got little help, as the team had a total of 30 sacks. 14/33 SLIDES © Thomas J. Russo / USA Today Sports Images 13. Indianapolis Colts The Colts successfully addressed their pass rush issues last offseason by signing Justin Houston, but they couldn't account for the collapse of the offense, going from 10th in points allowed in 2018 to 2019 last year. They made even more effort to improve the pass rush this offseason by trading their first-round pick for DeForest Buckner, and the Colts also have new corners with T.J. Carrie and Xavier Rhodes. The front seven remains the clear strength, with young linebackers Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker, and Bobby Okereke showing elite potential together. Coordinator Matt Eberflus has made a name for himself since establishing his Cover 2 defense, and has had more to work with each season. Slideshow continues on the next slide 15/33 SLIDES © Kim Klement / USA Today Sports Images 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Todd Bowles has a great reputation as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and he certainly deserves part of the credit for Tampa Bay's defensive resurgence last year, going from sixth most yard allowed to 15th least. Unfortunately, the yardage didn't carry over much points improvement due in large part to Jameis Winston's 30 interceptions on offense. The team did build an elite pass rush with the additions of Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Ndamukong Suh, and they also got great contributions from rookies Sean Murphy-Bunting and Devin White. Most of Tampa's offseason additions this year were on offense, but second-round safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has a chance to make an immediate impact. 16/33 SLIDES © Kyle Terada / USA Today Sports Images 15. Green Bay Packers Few defenses showed bigger improvement in 2019 than the Packers, who addressed their pass rush by signing Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith, while also drafting Rashan Gary in the first round. Green Bay has top players on all three levels with Kenny Clark at nose tackle and a great cornerback tandem of Jaire Alexander and Kevin King. Christian Kirksey's addition will be key, as the team opted to led tackling machine Blake Martinez walk in free agency. The Pack went from 22nd in points allowed during 2018 to ninth last season, and hope to keep rising. 17/33 SLIDES © Chuck Cook / USA Today Sports Images 16. Dallas Cowboys Leighton Vander Esch's neck injury played a big role in the Cowboys defensive regression last year, ranking 11th in points allowed. Now the team will contend with the losses of Robert Quinn and Byron Jones, and also have a new coordinator in Mike Nolan. The defense was also strengthened in free agency with veteran defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, along with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Everson Griffen is now in the mix as well. Demarcus Lawrence and Jaylon Smith remain the centerpieces of the unit. 18/33 SLIDES © Trevor Ruszkowski / USA Today Sports Images 17. Cleveland Browns Like their offense, Cleveland's defense underachieved last year considering their talent, allowing 25 points per game. The pass rush was particularly disappointing with Olivier Vernon struggling to stay healthy and Myles Garrett missing the end of the year due to a suspension. Garrett's return should make a difference, and the experience gained by the very young secondary led by Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams could also lead to improvement. New coordinator Joe Woods is inexperienced but comes with acclaim from the 49ers. 19/33 SLIDES © Bill Streicher / USA Today Sports Images 18. Philadelphia Eagles Coordinator Jim Schwartz helped produce an elite defense in Philadelphia's 2017 Super Bowl season, but the team regressed to average over the last two years with poor play in the secondary. They traded for cornerback difference maker Darius Slay from Detroit, and have also spent on the defensive line with tackle Javon Hargrave. As usual, this is a defense built up front with stars Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox, and the team is hopeful for a breakout from Derek Barnett in his fourth season. 20/33 SLIDES © Jim Dedmon / USA Today Sports Images 19. Seattle Seahawks Last year's defense was the second worst in Pete Carroll's 10 years with Seattle, ranking 22nd in points allowed, yet it didn't show in their final 11-5 record due to continued dominance with takeaways. The biggest concern going into 2020 is clearly the pass rush, as Seattle ranked second worst in sacks last season and have lost Jadeveon Clowney. Still, the linebackers remain terrific with first-round pick Jordyn Brooks joining veterans Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and the team has gone all-in by trading two first-round picks for former Jets safety Jamal Adams. Adams gives the team the ability to get creative with blitzes, which they will need to overcome Clowney's absence. 21/33 SLIDES © Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today Sports Images 20. Los Angeles Rams The Rams defense has ranked about average in Sean McVay's three seasons, which has been enough to keep the team on a winning track. They finishing 17th in points allowed and 13th in yards last year, but the losses of Cory Littleton and Dante Fowler are concerning going into 2020. Defensive stars Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey are still set to be around for the long haul, and the team moved on from acclaimed coordinator Wade Phillips after three seasons. It will be interesting to see the impact of the transition from Phillips to Brandon Staley, formerly an outside linebackers coach for the Broncos. 22/33 SLIDES © Brad Penner / USA Today Sports Images 21. New York Jets The Jets defense showed improvement last year with experienced coordinator Gregg Williams on board, going from 29th to 16th in points allowed. The development of 2019 first-round pick Quinnen Williams and return to health of linebacker C.J. Mosley should help up front, but the team clearly downgraded at safety after giving into Jamal Adams' trade demands. The team has undergone further changes in the secondary with the addition of cornerback Pierre Desir. With the loss of Adams, even holding serve this year should be considered a success for Gregg Williams and company. 23/33 SLIDES © Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports Images 22. Arizona Cardinals The defense was constantly Kliff Kingsbury's shortcoming at Texas Tech, and that continued into the NFL last season with the Cardinals ranking fifth worst in points allowed (27.6 points per game) and dead last in yards. Vance Joseph has a lot more pressure in his second season as the defensive coordinator, particularly with the additions of Jordan Phillips, De'Vondre Campbell, and rookie Isaiah Simmons. It also should be noted that the team was without star cornerback Patrick Peterson for much of last year. Pass rusher Chandler Jones remains one of the most productive at his craft. It would be a surprise if the Cardinals don't see some improvement. 24/33 SLIDES © Kim Klement / USA Today Sports Images 23. Atlanta Falcons Despite head coach Dan Quinn's defensive background, the Falcons defense was deteriorated over the last few seasons. The defense allowed the 10th most points, and continued to struggle both in the secondary and getting to the passer. The team address those areas by replacing Vic Beasley with Dante Fowler, adding Charles Harris, and drafting A.J. Terrell. Better health would also help, as safety Keanu Neal has missed most of the last two seasons. 2020 is likely do-or-die for the coaching staff, but this unit has potential. 25/33 SLIDES © Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Images 24. Washington Football Team Washington was bad in all phases last season, including a defense that allowed the sixth most points and yards in the league. That was disconcerting considering how much talent they had after the signing of safety Landon Collins, and the team has added to the defense this offseason with first-round pick Chase Young, Thomas Davis, Kendall Fuller, and Sean Davis. New head coach Ron Rivera's impact should also help, as should the return of veteran staple Ryan Kerrigan after missing time due to injury for the first time in 2019. 26/33 SLIDES © Darren Yamashita / USA Today Sports Images 25. Las Vegas Raiders The Raiders defense has consistently been in the bottom half of the league in points allowed, with an incredible streak of 17 consecutive seasons. It's no coincidence that the Raiders have only one winning season during that time. The pass rush improved from dead last in 2018 in points allowed and sacks with the addition of draftees Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby, Trayvon Mullen, and Johnathan Abram. Abram returns from injury this year, and the team spent money on Maliek Collins, Cory Littleton, Nick Kwiatkowski, and Damarious Randall. There's still a lot of ground to cover, but the talent is light years ahead of where it was when Jon Gruden arrived two years ago. 27/33 SLIDES © Troy Taormina / USA Today Sports Images 26. Houston Texans Houston's defense has lacked consistency in recent years, and there were clear changes to be made after they collapsed in the playoffs vs. the Chiefs, blowing a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. Relying on J.J. Watt to be the pass rush is high stakes these days when he's struggling to stay healthy, and the team also allowed D.J. Reader to walk, replacing him with rookie Ross Blacklock. The play of the secondary has been flat out bad recently, with very little reliability beyond Bradley Roby last year. The Texans promoted Anthony Weaver to defensive coordinator over long-time coordinator Romeo Crennel, but it's difficult to see the unit improving without a full campaign from Watt. 28/33 SLIDES © Joseph Maiorana / USA Today Sports Images 27. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati's defense has been a mess over the last two seasons, but the work the front office did in the offseason can't be understated. The team added D.J. Reader up front, addressed linebacker in the draft, and rebuilt their secondary with corners Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. It's risky to bet on newcomers this year with the abbreviated offseason, but the Bengals defense should improve after allowing 26 points per contest last season, especially with a strong defensive line still rocking with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Sam Hubbard. 29/33 SLIDES © Raj Mehta / USA Today Sports Images 28. Detroit Lions Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is running out of time in Detroit with a defense that allowed the seventh most points in the NFL during 2019. As was the case last offseason, Detroit's answer has been to add more former Patriots familiar with the system. Trey Flowers cashed in last season, and this year former Pats Danny Shelton, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon have come on board. The team also replaced star corner Darius Slay with first-round pick Jeff Okudah, a risky bargain for a team looking to win now. 30/33 SLIDES © Sam Navarro / USA Today Sports Images 29. Miami Dolphins To the surprise of no one, Miami's defense struggled after a complete firesale last season that even included the in-season trade of 2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick. The result was a unit that ranked dead last in points allowed and third worst in yards. With plenty of money to spend this offseason, the Dolphins added Shaq Lawson, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, and Byron Jones, among others. They also spent early-round picks on corner Noah Igbinoghene and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis. It could take a while for Miami's defense to develop, but they certainly have more talent in head coach Brian Flores' second year. 31/33 SLIDES © Cary Edmondson / USA Today Sports Images 30. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville's talent went downhill quickly. Just a few years ago they had one of the most talented young defensive units in the NFL, with a group that included Calais Campbell, Telvin Smith, Jalen Ramsey, and A.J. Bouye leading them to the AFC Championship. All of those players are gone, and the team is coming off a season in which they ranked 21st in points allowed. If Yannick Ngakoue is willing to stick around, Jacksonville does have an imposing sack duo with him and Josh Allen, and the second level was rebuilt with Joe Schobert and rookie K'Lavon Chaisson joining Myles Jack. Still, defense has clearly been downgraded after losing Ramsey and Campbell recently 32/33 SLIDES © Danielle Parhizkaran / USA Today Sports Images 31. New York Giants Four years ago the Giants went 11-5 with a defense that allowed the second fewest points in the NFL. The defense has plummeted since then, allowing the third most points last year after losing Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins. Despite acquiring Leonard Williams at midseason, the team struggled to generate much pass rush. They haven't done much to address that issue, but the Giants did spent big money on linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback James Bradberry. Going into training camp, 2019 first-round pick Deandre Baker's legal troubles could keep him away from the team, and there remain big holes for new coordinator Patrick Graham to fix. 33/33 SLIDES © Jim Dedmon / USA Today Sports Images 32. Carolina Panthers Carolina built a defensive reputation under Ron Rivera but probably hung on to their players too long. As a result, they've basically blown up the defense during the offseason, with head coach Matt Rhule opting for a rebuild. Gone are franchise staples Luke Kuechly, Mario Addison, and James Bradberry. This year will likely be a work in progress, as the Panthers spent their entire draft on defense, led by first-round pick Derrick Brown. 33/33 SLIDES

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