Our OL... just to qualify things, we were tied with NE in 2018 (1.2 sacks/game) for 1st (least sacks given up), and were tied for 8th/9th (2.0 sacks/game) last season switching to Brissett. Our OL was far more consistent in 2019, and wasn't musical chairs the first third of the season like it was in 2018.
Biggest thing is that Rivers was 5th best in time to throw (lowest) in 2019, while Brissett is 2nd worst (longest). Luck was also 9th best in 2018, while Rivers was 8th.
I expect that Rivers might not be top 5 anymore given he'll have a lot more time with our OL, but at the same time, he won't take forever every snap like Brissett did. I still see him top 10, taking a bit more time, but cleaner in the pocket similar to 2018.
I think we'll see our OL rate even better on passing downs and will not have to expend as much energy. They should look better on running downs as well given teams will not have to defend us different, and likely use more package/situational defense on both running and passing downs.
Prediction - 22, or 1.375/game at worst (we gave up 32 last year, 18 in 2018)
On DL. LDE is still a wild card. For the sake of prediction, I'm going to assume Autry is playing DE on running downs (Houston/Stewart/Buckner/Autry), and Turay is playing passing downs (Houston/Autry/Buckner/Turay). That's a pretty decent front 4 vs the pass as long as Turay retruns to form and is near his passing down ratings from early last year.
Last year, we were middle of the pack at 41 sacks even without Turay most of the year, and with Sheard playing poorly....
Prediction - 50. The best thing though is that our pressure % will improve much more than just the sack #.