Less than two weeks away from OTA’s and many questions still surround the Texans, most notably the quarterback battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. If this offensive line is not addressed soon, it is quite possible that the Texans quarterback who will finish the season may once again be a guy who is currently at home sitting on the couch while waiting for the phone to ring when an injury occurs.
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It absolutely puzzles me however that nothing has been done to upgrade this troup. It seems that the importance of the offensive line appears as if it is being overlooked (again). The only stable, certain offensive lineman on the roster is Duane Brown. Derek Newton showed flashes of brilliance in short samples playing both tackle and guard as needed but he has also shown repeated lack of focus. Currently, there isn’t even a center on the roster that has taken a snap in the NFL. Ben Jones was projected to back up at Center but as of now he’s the only center on the roster that has taken a snap.
Three key free agents come to mind that can immediately help this offensive line: Tackle Jake Long and Centers Chris Myers (hello again) and Scott Myers. Long is coming off of an ACL injury in 2014 and perhaps that explains why the former Pro Bowler has not been signed yet. For a minimal price, I think that he is worth the risk. Myers’ performance speaks for itself. He was a salary cap casualty and I am absolutely shocked that he hasn’t been picked up on a roster as of yet. Scott Myers is a solid anchor with a ton of game experience.
The Texans are about to hand the keys to the franchise to either Mallett or Hoyer (I actually think that Hoyer will win the Quarterback battle). I wonder if they really planned to go into the preseason and try to figure out how to protect the quarterbacks then.