Houston Texans Training Camp Preview
The Houston Texans went 9-7 last season and lost in the second round to the New England Patriots. The Brock Osweiler experiment failed last season for the Texans. So, Tom Savage and DeShaun Watson will compete for the starting quarterback job in training camp.
Watson should win the job but if he doesn't, I expect him to be on the field in 2017. Brandon Weeden will be the other quarterback on the roster.
Lamar Miller actually worked out pretty well for the Texans last season at running back. He catched the ball out of the back field well and ran efficiently. Alfred Blue will be the second running back. D'Onta Foreman, Tyler Ervin, Akeem Hunt, and Dare Ogunbowale will compete for the third and fourth spots on the roster.
DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller will be the top two receivers on the team. After that, it isn't very deep. The three thru six spots will be a major competition between Jaelen Strong, Braxton Miller, Justin Hardee, Wendall Williams, Chris Thompson, and Deante' Gray.
CJ Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin will be the top two tight ends on the roster. Stephen Anderson or RaShaun Allen will be the third tight end on the roster.
The starting offensive line should be Duane Brown, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Nick Martin, Jeff Allen, and Chris Clark. Breno Giacomini could also see time on the offensive line this season. David Quessenberry is ready to battle for a roster spot after his battle with cancer.
If JJ Watt is healthy, the Texans have one of the best defenses in the NFL. He will start on the defensive line along with DJ Reader and Jadeveon Clowney. Joel Heath and Carlos Watkins will see time in the rotation on the defensive line this season.
Whitney Mercilus, Brian Cushing, Benadrick McKinney, and Brennan Scarlett will be the starters at linebacker. Rookie Zach Cunningham could have a major impact at linebacker as well.
Kareem Jackson, KJ Dillon Andre Hal, and Johnathan Joseph will be the starters in the secondary. Kevin Johnson and Eddie Pleasant could also have a major impact in the secondary.
Nick Novak will be the Texans kicker. Shane Lechler will be the Texans punter. Akeem Hunt will be the kick returner and Will Fuller will be the punt returner. Houston has the talent to make the playoffs again, but it is all up to the quarterback play to see if they could make a super bowl appearance or not.