Each offseason, every NFL team focuses on at least one area in need of an upgrade. So what aspect of the Houston Texans is looking better these days?
Training camp begins later this month for all 32 NFL teams. So that means another preview series from End Zone Score. Dating back to early March, we have taken time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers and previewed an up-and-coming player for each franchise.
Contrary to popular opinions, no team in the league is perfect. That’s why there’s a constant search for talent when it comes to this game. Each club has done its best to bolster its roster. So in this instance, we are going to take a glance at each franchise and pinpoint the department in which it made the most strides this offseason. We have looked at the AFC East, NFC East, AFC North and NFC North. We begin our glance at the AFC South with the defending champion Houston Texans.
Give credit where it’s due. Despite a slew of different starting quarterbacks in three seasons, head coach Bill O’Brien has led the team to back-to-back-to-back 9-7 finishes. The Houston Texans have captured the AFC South each of the past two years. In 2016, the team managed a playoff win over the Derek Carr-less Oakland Raiders before falling at Foxborough to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Eight different signal-callers – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum, T.J. Yates, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage – have taken the controls for this club since 2014. Now add rookie Deshaun Watson, the 12th overall pick in April’s draft thanks to the Texans’ latest trade with the Cleveland Browns. Earlier this offseason, the teams combined to take Osweiler off Houston’s hands.
It will be Savage that starts the season, unless something spectacular happens during training camp. In any case, this is a Texans’ offense that underachieved this past season. The unit totaled just 23 touchdowns – including just 15 through the air. That’s pretty disappointing when you have wideouts the quality of former Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins and young prospects such as Will Fuller and Braxton Miller.
So the Houston Texans will eventually make it nine different starting quarterbacks. We’re not exactly sure when we will see Watson. But Savage showed enough late last season to offer some promise. And the national champion from the University of Clemson offers this team a dimension behind center they really haven’t had during their brief tenure in the league.