Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) drops back to pass against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Tuesday Roundup

Today let’s start off our daily roundup by taking a look at an article on Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr as he stopped by the Official Houston Texans site recently.

Carr said in an article by Drew Daugherty about preparing for the draft:

“Really just trying to prove to these teams that I can play in their systems. Prove to them that I can lead their franchise.”

Carr isn’t going to be the No. 1 overall selection in the draft, but he could be taken in the first round of the draft and no later than the second round.

If the Texans were to go defense with the No. 1 overall selection or move down in the draft to obtain more picks … you never know, he could be the second Carr brother to suit up for the Texans … just a thought.

 

• Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com had an article about the strength of schedule for the Texans as she wrote about how all four teams in the AFC South have “one of the four weakest 2014 schedules.”

She wrote:

“The Texans’ strength of schedule, .441, ranks 30th in the NFL, better than only the Titans (.438) and the Colts (.430). Houston’s home slate, in its last-place schedule, is a bit tougher than its road schedule.”

This should help the Texans next season, but if they truly want to be back in the postseason they must prove they can beat good teams as well, and not beat up on the “weaker” teams in the NFL in ’14. Even though they were the worst team in the league last season.

 

• Here is a projected 2014 lineup of the Houston Texans by Pro Football Focus as the roster stands today. It will most certainly change following free agency and the draft, but this give us a very good look at what the Texans need to improve on this offseason.

The article states:

“Edge rusher, Whitney Mercilus is looking more like a bust with each passing year, but high class performances (such as at home to Seattle and Jacksonville) still give room for hope.”

Yes, I believe this team has a lot of work to do, if for nothing else depth reasons as this roster has a few players (Arian Foster, Brian Cushing) who I worry won’t play a full season again in ’14.

If those two stay healthy they can help make the Texans a dangerous team that is for sure.

 

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