Houston Texans Early August Scouting Report
Blessed with speed, talent, work ethnic and smarts QB Deshaun Watson so far has looked like a number one QB. QB Tom Savage is the starter as we speak but he clearly looks like a number two. We’ll see more of this competition in the next two weeks of practice and pre-season games. My gut is that Savage will start the season, get hurt and the Watson era will begin.
Rookie RB D’onta Foreman has come to camp and impressed that he is serious about being a professional. It wouldn’t be the first time that getting thrown into jail straightened someone out. Jail in Texas isn’t too cool; believe me. All of the RBs in camp have looked good. For fantasy purposes I’d go with Foreman as the go to back at the goal. RB Lamar Miller will be the sexy pick in your draft but Foreman will score you TDs.
C Greg Mancz has really looked good in the middle of the OL. With LT Duane Brown holding out until September; fourth round selection T Julie’n Davenport has been the best LT so far in the pre-season. When you see him blocking you can’t help notice those extraordinary long arms. OL Kendall Lamm claimed the RT spot in mini-camp and so far has fended off all comers. I want to see this OL in a couple more games before I get too excited about its possibilities.
The true weakness of the team seems to be its WRs. WR Will Fuller broke his collarbone at practice; he could be out until Thanksgiving. Sophomore receivers TE Stephen Anderson and WR Braxton Miller have had nagging injuries; they have been on the sideline pissing with the puppies. WR Jaelen Strong is showing some life but WR Wendall Williams hasn’t been noticeable. WR DeAndre Hopkins always looks good but he needs a number two WR to develop.
The fans will see DE Jadeveon Clowney and DE J.J. Watt on the field playing together in the opener. I’m confident the D will play well this year; you just know how well until they start playing for keeps. CB Robert Nelson looked absolutely horrible in the first pre-season game. I hope he has a short memory.
The Texans dead horse coverage teams somehow looked worse than last years. I didn’t think that was possible. The Texans would be better off punting out of bounds than trying to cover a punt. Simply too many penalties and guys avoiding contact. Shameful; simply shameful coverage teams.
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