2014 Depth Chart: Houston Texans

A look at the depth and quality of each position on the roster for the 2014 Houston Texans.

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2014 Depth Chart: Houston Texans

2014 depth update HOU

[Chart last updated 7/4/14]


•  You might think we’ve been a bit harsh on last season’s first-round draft pick DeAndre Hopkins, but in truth he didn’t deliver much after a strong first two weeks of the season. He certainly didn’t have much help from the quarterbacks throwing him the ball, but we want to see him up his game before moving him up a notch.

•  While the roster has two elite players, it also holds an awful lot of uncertainty with 22 players who are either rookies or players we simply haven’t seen enough to fairly judge yet. How those players perform will be key in deciding if the Texans bounce back this season or not.

•  With the selection of Jadaveon Clowney with the first overall pick in this year’s draft, it looks like the Texans will move Brooks Reed to inside linebacker, manning the spot next to Brian Cushing. He’s struggled on the outside, but the majority of his negative grades have come from his inability to generate pressure, so perhaps the move will do him good.

•  Kareem Jackson has flashed the potential to be higher than just an average starter but, unfortunately, just hasn’t put it together on a consistent basis. The player we saw in 2012 is better than that, but in 2013 he was far too up and down to be considered anything more.

Roster Battles

1.  Left Guard

Ben Jones may have played 1,032 snaps on the offensive line for the Texans in his first two seasons in the league, but he hasn’t been consistent enough with his play that a new coaching staff will feel comfortable handing him the starting job. They drafted Xavier Su’a-Filo in the second round of the draft and, if Jones can’t step up over the summer it won’t be a shock to see the rookie win the battle.

2.  Free Safety

It’s still puzzling to me that it took so long for a team to snap up Chris Clemons this offseason, especially in a market that was hardly saturated with good free safeties. The problem for Clemons is that the Texans also signed Kendrick Lewis this offseason and, while Clemons has clearly been the better player recently, the team liked Lewis enough that they signed him a week before the former Miami Dolphin so he’ll have to prove again that he’s the better player.

3.  Quarterback

Normally when you have a quarterback battle there is some hype around one of the players battling to win the job. That man in this battle is Tom Savage, whom the Texans drafted in the fourth round of this year’s draft. That should tell you all you need to know about this battle and, while he’s unlikely to open the year as the starter, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start a game or two late in the year if things don’t go to plan for the Texans. Ryan Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum all took snaps in 2013, but all three finished the year with negative grades. Fitzpatrick is the favorite to win the job heading into the season, but if past play is anything to go by, we could see three or four players start at the position this year.


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  • Sir Nixalot

    if Su’a-Filo is as good as advertised, this might be the best offensive line in football. Arian Foster could be in for a big year.

    You’re off on the tight ends, though. Graham will play the H, and I can’t see a non-injury situation in which Fiedorowicz isn’t starting the starting Y.

    I think it’s unlikely that Crick starts at DE in base formation, too; he’s probably just going to be a sub package 3-tech. Though he’s a late round pick, Pagan could make an impact early as a two-down run stuffer opposite Watt. If he doesn’t impress coaches, Mathews may get a chance; Crennel needs a big, two-gap DE on that side.

    • KittyTheBear

      I think the Eagles have the best O-line in football, but you guys are certainly up there.

      • Chris from the Cape

        Good point: all the PFF regulars know the Eagles have a near-historically good line.

  • lewk

    Did the Packers get skipped?

    • RickDrummond

      yep, schedule glitch. we’ll have them up tomorrow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaterrance.young JaTerrance Dwayne Young

    only see 2 GOOD STARTERS…4 is listed beneath??

  • Wyzel

    Trade Andre Johnson, if they can get legit value for him, this roster is not going to win the big one unless a Qb magically appears. Problem is can you get a 1st for him at his age, or even a 2nd? Also he counts over 30 million to the cap over the next two years.

    • TexansorNAH

      You just answered you’re own question my friend. He’ll be on the opening day roster.

  • TexansorNAH

    Missed a player…Trevardo Williams

  • ThenAtlasSpoke

    If a player’s career goes 65th of 69, 48th of 66, 12th of 71, and 61st of 79, that 12th of 71 is likely a statistical aberration. That is Kareem Jackson’s career rankings for CBs playing 50% or more of snaps. To apologize for ranking him as an “average starter” is just silly. You were being very gracious to him.

    BTW…look at the receivers he lined up against in 2012. It was a long series of roster fringe week after week. He did well against the weaklings, but the handful of decent receivers he faced roasted him. That weak group of receivers he faced likely contributed mightily to the aberrant 12th of 71.

    Having said that, Crennel’s quarter-quarter-half coverage will likely mask Jackson’s deficiencies as long as he’s the under corner and not the deep corner flailing away drawing flag after flag.

  • Anthony B

    Im just curious why Arian Foster is not an Elite Player?

    • tiago

      Tell me your thoughts why you think he still is one

  • Phi Nguyen

    Jay Prosch should be ahead of Brad Smelley as the starting fullback.