2015 Depth Charts: Houston Texans

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2015 Depth Charts: Houston Texans


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Notes

•  Like with Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona, we’ve seen a drop off with receiver Andre Johnson. That, coupled with the continued improved play of DeAndre Hopkins has Hopkins overtaking Johnson as the team’s best receiver in our eyes.

•  The offensive line continues to be a strength for the team and, even if they don’t re-sign Derek Newton, this is still a very strong group. Myers isn’t the player he once was, but he’s still a good enough run blocker, while Brandon Brooks is emerging as one of the best guards in the league.

•  It would be easy to look at Whitney Mercilus‘ Below Average rating and view it as a bad thing, but it’s a step up from where he was a year ago, with the former first round draft pick showing an improvement this past season.

•  There’s plenty of Unknowns on this roster, but the most important is Jadeveon Clowney. We barely saw him as a rookie, and when we did he didn’t wow anyone. Still, we all know how highly regarded the first overall selection in last season’s NFL Draft was coming out of college. If he can come close to that potential, it adds another quality player to this defense.

Team Needs

Defensive Line: We know all about Watt, but outside of him what else is there on the Houston defensive line? We still need to find out what Nix can bring to the table at nose tackle, while Crick hasn’t been a standout as the other starting defensive end.

Tight End: Even if third round draft pick C.J. Fiedorowicz can improve on a poor rookie season, the Texans could use another quality tight end on the roster. A solid receiving threat would make life easier for Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2015.

Cornerback: Jonathan Joseph is a good player, and A.J. Bouye showed something in his time on the field last year. Yet outside of those two, it’s hard to tell what the Texans really have at cornerback. If Kareem Jackson departs in free agency, replacing him will become a top priority.

 

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  • Chris

    I feel so sorry for Watt.

    • Jaguars28

      Can’t believe we passed on him for the QB who shall not be named.

      • Tyler Ferree

        Blaine Gabbert, he of 4 yards per attemp.

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      Great player but I thought he and Cushing were kind of dirty in the Cincy game. That was all the Texans that I could bare to watch this season.

    • mutzki

      He’s set to earn close to 100 million over the next few years. Don’t be sorry :)

      • Chris

        It ain’t all about the money y0!!

  • Jaguars28

    Offense= Good
    Defense= JJ Watt

    • Chris

      Ehh. They have a decent OL and running game, but not much else. An average at best QB, 2 quality receiving targets, and nothing at TE.

      • Vitor

        That’s the problem. Houston is a team that has been in the “rebuilding” mode for what, 8 years or more, but never gets there. No surprise Dre was looking for somewhere else last year.

        • Vitor

          Dam, it’s almost like I’ve foreseen him leaving :/ I really like Houston, and Dre was big part of that (one of my favorites of all time because of what he does on and off the field). That TD in the edge of the endzone that he got against us (Ravens) to make the score even (2011 ou 12) wil be forever in my memory. I think it’s the best decision for both, tough…

  • Vitor

    I agree with the evaluation, but it’s sad to see Cushing droping that much. Injuries are devastating his career.

    • Jaguars28

      You mean steroids?

      • Vitor

        Dude, don’t be a hater from a great player from a divisional rival team. I’m a diehard Ravens fan, but I recognize Ben, A. Brown, Polamalu (or what he used to be, sadly), and others.

        • Riffle,Rod&Fly

          Vitor, you’re a decent Ravens fan and that has caused a bit of an existential crisis for me. I think Cushing more deserving of critical fans than he was of his Defensive ROY award. His handling of it afterwards was poor and just made the issue even more visable.

          • Vitor

            I get it, it’s hard to defend how bad a player from your team is. I’ve got a friend who thought Jacoby Jones was Elite because he only watched the Superbowl a couple of years ago.

      • Riffle,Rod&Fly
        • joel

          they ALL use roids. Come on guys, we all know this. Maybe QBs and kickers don’t as much, but to pretend that human beings actually get like that without roids is naive.

          • Riffle,Rod&Fly

            A lot of NFL players have pretty natural builds. These aren’t pro wrestlers we’re talking about. There is no doubt that PED’s in general are a problem in the league.

    • Tyler Ferree

      Cushings Injury history is big part of why i thought even in the months leading up to the draft they should taken Mack over Clowney (further justified by their Rookie seasons), he may not have been much of a pass rusher as a rookie but some players need a year or two, and it would have given them a quality option to take Cushing’s spot in case of injury or ineffectiveness (something about a player coming off 2 ACL tears that can never be ruled out), even if that meant biting the bullet on going back to Mercilus and Reed, the defense would have been better for it.

      • Vitor

        I wouldn’t say he’s done (Gronkowski is there to prove otherwise), but after 2 ACL tears one can doubt if he will ever play at the same level again. I’m rooting for a comeback.
        Mack was great as a run defender, but he also was as a pass rusher last year. He didn’t have a high number of sacks, but he was effective creating pressure.

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    team needs seems to be missing the biggest need, a QB

  • Terry

    I think you need a different color for Watt–maybe purple (for royalty). It would be for someone who is inarguably by any measure, not just the best, but the best by a significant margin. The only other guy I think it might currently apply to is Gronkowski.

  • ShameonMe

    Fingers crossed for Mallets recovery.

  • joel

    an updated roster would be nice

  • joel

    I guess an update to this page is out of the question

  • joel

    it remains to be seen if they can stay healthy, i know its a BIG IF, but this defense looks to have the talent to potentially be one of the best ever.