Houston Texans: Predicted starters after first weekend of camp

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Jun 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer (7) talks with media after practices during OTA at Houston Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Brian Hoyer – 6’2″, 215 pounds, 29 years old, 7th NFL season

While I prefer Mallett, the early indications are that Hoyer is showing a calm demeanor and has control of the offense. He also seems a little more sure of himself when discussing the situation that both he and Mallett face heading into this battle.

"He speaks about the situation he’s in here with a more relaxed, confident air than does his former New England teammate Mallett, 27, who routinely bristles at any question that implies he’s the underdog."

Running back

Arian Foster – 6’1, 227 pounds, 28 years old, 7th NFL season

This one is not a shocker at all. Foster is the best back the franchise has ever had and the only thing to ever slow him down is injuries. He is healthy and ready to roll. As long as he is suited up, he will get around 20 carries.


Jay Prosch – 6’1″, 256 pounds, 22 years old, 2nd NFL season

Prosch is the only fullback on the roster, so there is nothing to change here. Solid run blocker, but don’t expect the ball to find it’s way into his hands much at all. In fact, he may not even record a ton of starts despite being the starting fullback as Houston loves to employ a two tight end set.

Wide receivers

DeAndre Hopkins – 6’1″, 218 pounds, 23 years old, 3rd NFL season

Nate Washington – 6’1″ 183 pounds, 31 years old, 11th NFL season

While the team also picked up Cecil Shorts III and rookie Jaelen Strong has turned heads as well, the sure hands of Washington get him my early vote for the starting gig. During the first weekend his name popped up several times and despite a steady NFL career where he averaged more than 15 yards per reception, he still surprises people with his ability to get deep.

"On one of the first few plays in 1-on-1, Nate Washington made a brilliant, deep downfield catch for a TD. He’s going to be 32 before the end of the month but he gets downfield better than any Texans receiver not named DeAndre Hopkins"

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