Aug 24, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Chris Polk (32) celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
This one is obvious as anything, the Texans were just bad in all areas of special teams. They surrendered far more yards than they gained in both kick returns (Houston-422 yards, Opponents-1,169 yards) and punt returns (Houston-207 yards, Opponents-397 yards).
Their returns were bad and their coverage was worse. With a lot of talented rookies coming in there should be some serious change in special teams. Players like undrafted safety Kurtis Drummond could be a steal of a player and help on the coverage unit. Other guys like receiver Keith Mumphery and linebacker Reshard Cliett could also be good tacklers on this unit.
The biggest change however could come from the former Philadelphia Eagle, running back Chris Polk. The young man had 11 kick returns for 340 yards and a 102 yard score in Philly last season. He split time in the return game with fellow running back Darren Sproles, but still managed to top 30 yards per return in 2014.
If he is able to win the full-time kick returning duties, it will shore up at least one area of disappointment on the special teams unit for Houston.