The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every team and the 2017 NFL Draft is over. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with each of the 2016 last-place teams and now it’s time to focus on the eight division champions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. It’s time for the Houston Texans to be in the spotlight.
QB Deshaun Watson
In this series to date, we have focused on every team’s best acquisitions via free agency or the trade route. Of course, Houston had a bit of a “problem” per say in this regard. They added no veterans this offseason. And some would say their best addition was via the subtraction of disappointing free-agent quarterback Brock Osweiler. The team orchestrated a deal with the Cleveland Browns, who obtained a second-round pick from the Texans in order to acquire the five-year pro. It also relieved head coach Bill O’Brien’s team of some salary-cap issues.
As we know, the Browns and Texans were back at it again on the first night of the NFL draft. Houston gave up their first-round pick in 2018 to move up to the 12th overall spot to select Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. He led the Tigers to the national championship game each of the past two seasons, falling short to Alabama in 2015 and rallying to beat the Crimson Tide this past January.
Now he’ll be throwing passes to DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, to name a few of Houston’s wideouts (granted he is able to beat out Tom Savage). With Lamar Miller in the backfield, this eventually figures to a much-improved attack. Now combine that with the NFL’s top-ranked defense this past year. It’s a unit that managed that lofty performance minus the services of star defensive end J.J. Watt for the final 13 games.
Things just got a whole lot more interesting for the defending AFC South champions.