2015 Depth Charts Update: Houston Texans

A breakdown of the Houston Texans' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the Houston Texans' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: Houston Texans


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Notes

 

  • The big question for the Texans offense, is who winds up as the team’s starting quarterback. They’ve added Brian Hoyer, but he struggled mightily in Cleveland in 2014, finishing the year as our fifth lowest graded signal caller. His competition, Ryan Mallett, finally started a game last season but played hurt in his second and final game leading to a -8.3 passing grade against Cincinnati.

 

  • Losing Andre Johnson at wide receiver hurts, despite his level of play dropping significantly in 2014. DeAndre Hopkins has emerged as their number one receiver, but they have so little else at the position. We liked Jaelen Strong coming out of Arizona State, and they’ll need him to produce early to help the offense out.

 

  • J.J Watt’s role on defense leads to him playing as an edge defender a lot of the time, but the big concern in Houston, is where the rest of the pass rush comes from. Big things were expected from Jadeveon Clowney when they drafted him with the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft, but injuries kept us from seeing much from him in his rookie season. Whitney Mercilus has graded negatively in each of his three seasons in the league as a pass rusher, but they’ll need one of those two to come up big in 2015.

 

  • The addition of Vince Wilfork helps out the middle of that defensive line however. Despite his advancing years, Wilfork is still stout against the run and will solidify the defense inside Watt. Finishing 2014 as our sixth highest graded 3-4 defensive end against the run, he can still contribute plenty to this defense.

 

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

    Kareem Jackson went from HQ to Good?. Please explain

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    i really like hopkins route running, andre taught him well

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    the OL depth is scary grey, they better pray they stay healthy

  • herewegobrowniesherewego

    Red seems a bit harsh for Hoyer – I would give him orange on the grounds that he played at a “yellow” level in basically his first half of the season and a “red” level in the second half. (To put it another way: Do you really think he’s significantly worse than Colt McCoy, Josh McCown, and Jason Campbell, and in the same class as Brandon Weeden?)

    It’s interesting that it’s considered a toss-up or slight edge to Hoyer – to read Texans boards it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Mallett would start this coming season.

    • Dalen Erickson

      agreed

      • herewegobrowniesherewego

        Can’t blame them for thinking that when Hoyer looked so bad in the game the two faced off last year, though.

        His struggles pretty much coincided with when Alex Mack went down and they went from nearly the best center in the league to maybe the worst in Nick McDonald.

  • Dalen Erickson

    This is a really good receiving corps now. Garret Graham needs to step it up though.
    I think Hoyer is a good player whos had rotten luck. If they make him the starter and trust him with the job for a full season, he will surprise everybody

  • Dalen Erickson

    I didnt know Brooks was that good! At least with him and Brown they have two top notch O-lineman. Brown is borderline elite

  • Dalen Erickson

    Crick and Ankrah had good careers for my Huskers. Crick is going to get much better this year and if Ankrah can get on the field he will impress as well. Crick was Suhs counterpart and his junior year was on of the best seasons ever by a husker DE. He was a run stuffing, ball batting, QB chasing, punt blocking nightmare.

  • joel

    Although he just got overpaid, I still feel as if Mercilus should have gotten an average grade rather than below average. Also, I thought D. Brown would have gotten an Elite grade but even though I feel that way, I trust PFF grades the most out of ANY other sports analysts. On another note, teams like Indianapolis picked on our safeties last year. The additions of Rahim Moore and Stevie Brown should be a big help in that area.

  • joel

    Lets hope Cushing comes out of this year with at least a little green because i think he started to turn it on last year near the end. I have no doubt he would have been in the green/blue if it weren’t for injuries but that’s unfortunately his biggest hindrance. There were few defensive players more enjoyable to watch than Cushing in his prime.