2015 Depth Charts: Houston Texans
• 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.
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.