Even if the Houston Texans didn’t play their starters in the 40-13 loss in the preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night, it proved if anything else maybe their depth on the offensive side is going to be another hurdle they will have to overcome in ’14.
The Texans’ offense totaled just 155 yards had two turnovers and had possession of the ball for a total of 23:43 against the reserves of the 49ers.
Compare that to the 49ers’ backups, who totaled 377 yards of offense, with one turnover and had possession for 36:17.
Now, there has to be questions about if the Texans have a quarterback on their entire depth chart that who not just deserves to be a starter, much less a backup.
They both were bad in a night where one of them needed to shine in their battle for the No. 2 spot on the QB depth chart.
The running game showed it has many flaws as well once we get past starter Arian Foster, who didn’t play a single snap in the preseason for the second consecutive year.
I’m not sure what the Texans will do if Foster were to be injured like he was last season (he missed the final eight games), as it was Jonathan Grimes who led the Texans with 33 yards on eight rushes Thursday night. Alfred Blue had four carries for negative three yards, and Toben Opurum had nine yards on three carries.
Former NFL starting running back Ronnie Brown totaled just a single yard on three carries.
It just wasn’t a good showing by the quarterbacks or running backs who are battling for a roster spot on this team in ’14.
I for one don’t feel very good about the depth of the Texans’ offense, and if any of the regulars were to go down for an extended period of time, than Houston will most definitely have a problem.