Houston Texans May Scouting Report
QB Deshaun Watson’s arrival in Houston will add talent in the QB meetings. QB Tom Savage will definitely be this years’ starter sans injury. QB Brian Weeden is behind Savage on the depth chart. Learning the O will take time, I don’t expect to see Watson play except in the pre-season. Sans injury I expect Savage to throw for 45 TDS this year. We’ll see.
Looking for a starting RT and overall OL depth the best the Texans could do was spend a fourth round selection for OT Julie’n Davenport of Bucknell and a seventh rounder for C Kyle Fuller of Baylor. The team has always played its best O when they had a good OL. Look for them to sign a journeyman RT to rotate in and out with Davenport. I don’t think they have anyone on the roster right now who can play RT at a competitive level. As strange as the NFL is these days, maybe LT Jason Peters and a quality guard or two might become cap casualties. Could sure use the talent upgrade in the OL.
I was surprised when the Texans spent a third round draft pick for Texas Longhorns RB D’onta Foreman. They said that they would have been reaching to spend that pick on an OT. They did sign college undrafted FA RB Dare Ogunbowale of Wisconsin for a look see. Outside of RB Lamar Miller I don’t believe the coaches are very excited about their holdover RBs. The Texans are a run first O, that’s the reason they won as many games as they did last year. Another quality RB really does make sense.
The Texans didn’t have the luxury of drafting a WR and / or TE this year. They have signed three very fast undrafted FAs that also return kicks. Their real hope is that last year’s undrafted FA TE Stephen Anderson makes enough progress between year one and two to become a weapon. The same is true of sophomore WR Braxton Miller. The off season reports say that Miller has become stronger and will be prepared to contribute in his second year.
The fans want to see DE Jadeveon Clowney and DE J.J. Watt on the field playing together. They’d also would like to see S KJ Dillon return from injury and contribute as part of the secondary rotation. The Texans lost two of their better secondary performers to FA and have perennially been a Safety short. They have a lot of work to do to put this Secondary back together, however, sans more injuries and with some rookie longshots they have enough returning veteran talent to do so. Their second round pick, LB Zach Cunningham, sounds like an eventual LB Brian Cushing replacement. Fourth round pick, DT Carlos Watkins is destined to share snaps at the NT position in 2017.
There are early forecast that predict the Texans to back up this season. For them to move forward the O must get much better. Much better.
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