Lamar Miller showed signs of greatness during his time with the Miami Dolphins. The Texans had arguably the best defense in the league without Watt on the field. Blue was also utilized as a receiver during those two seasons, catching 30 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Defensive tackle Carlos Watkins is a football players football player, as there's just a toughness about him that you love as a fan or teammate. Right tackle is the other thorny paw. It took some time for Mercilus to adjust to the new position but it seems to have been the right move. Randy Chambers May 11, 2017 3:03 pm . Luckily, the punt bounced back into the hands of Eddie Pleasant but, with a 20-7 score, a turnover there could have brought Oakland back into the game. There's a lot to like with this Texans team and we’re talking legit Super Bowl contender if Watson can win the job from Tom Savage and make an immediate impact as a rookie. In his absence, Blue managed to start in 12 games in two seasons and rush for 1,226 yards and four touchdowns. Benardrick McKinney looks like he is going to be great. If Greg Mancz can continue to emerge at center, Martin would have a chance to be an All-Pro offensive guard as well. P.J. Tom Savage is the starter, in pencil. Bouye, a decent linebacker in John Simon and a veteran safety who had six interceptions last season in Quintin Demps. qb. With the Texans' loss at the Titans in Week 13, Houston exceeded their loss total (7) from 2014, 2015 and 2016. Miller and Foreman could be the one-two punch the Texans need. Please check your email for a confirmation. He has the versatility that this defense thrives on and he clearly can make big plays for the Texans in 2017. For this article, the focus is going to be on the running back position. Fans should still remember when Ervin returned a punt for a touchdown in the divisional playoff game against the Raiders. In 2016, Giacomini battled a back injured which led to his release. After staying quiet before the draft, the Texans went out and signed journeyman offensive tackle Breno Giacomini, who most recently was waived by the Jets. There are two major problem positions, and if you even causally follow the Texans you know what they are. The Oakland Raiders selected the former Sam Houston State product in Round 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The defense takes a minor hit in depth, but the loss of Osweiler makes everything worth it if you’re a Houston Texan fan. Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA. Joining Akins as questionable were cornerback Cornell Armstrong (knee), who was added today as a limited participant in practice, running back Buddy Howell (hamstring), and inside linebacker Peter Kalambayi (hamstring). In the 2016 season, Blue’s role seemed to diminish somewhat. In the seventh round the team drafted Baylor center Kyle Fuller. Cunningham has the speed and explosiveness to play outside linebacker and could easily start at that position this season. Even though the Longhorns didn’t utilize him much as a receiver, Foreman could definitely be used in the passing game for the Texans both as a receiver and a blocker. Sign Up. AFC East . This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Through the first few days of free agency, the Houston Texans depth chart has taken some real hits. The UCLA product was a prized guard in the 2014 draft that showed great feet, hands, and technique but a needed to add power. The departures of A.J. Your email address will not be published. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hall is enjoying a reboot just three seasons into his NFL career. He still has two years remaining on his six-year $53.4 million dollar extension. The Houston Texans released their final injury report ahead of their Week 6 encounter with the Tennessee Titans Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT at Nissan Stadium. Tyler Ervin didn’t see much time on the field as a part of the offense in 2016. In my opinion, Dylan Cole should be the heir to Cushing and Cunningham should be a starter right now. Kicker (1): Ka'imi Fairbairn. With his strength, feet, and football IQ, Martin won’t have any issues becoming a stalwart for the Texans. The move caused a decrease in sack totals but Cushing has still been a force at the inside linebacker position. Expect him to finish with five or more sacks and he’s going to get his first interception as well. Visit ESPN to view the Houston Texans team depth chart for the current season Giacomini was a key starter from 2011 to 2013 with the Seattle Seahawks, where he started at offensive tackle during the Super Bowl.