Houston Texans: These three areas must improve in 2015

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien enters his second season at the helm for the Texans and looks to improve the team even further after their 9-7 finish in 2014.

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Complacency can be the biggest obstacle to improvement, and thus far O’Brien has been anything but complacent. He and general manager Rick Smith have worked together to churn the roster and create depth at every position and competition from top to bottom.

Free agents like nose tackle Vince WIlfork, free safety Rahim Moore and receivers Cecil Shorts III and Nate Washington have all been brought in to shore up weaknesses and force competition.

Rookies like cornerback Kevin Johnson and Bernardrick McKinney have added depth to positions that were not exactly weak, while receiver Jaelen Strong has the tools to be a solid starting receiver in this league for years to come.

With all that being said, there are still three areas that the Houston Texans must improve to stay competitive in the AFC, and these areas need to improve this season to have a shot at making it into the playoffs.

Before we get started I will touch on one area I think doesn’t need any work, despite popular belief. I’m sure after the recent injury to running back Arian Foster many people would think this would be the top area of concern, but I don’t see it as such.

First off, running back is the most easily replaced position in the NFL. For years analysts have said this (until one leaves the Dallas Cowboys, then it is armageddon) and for years players have come from nowhere to be a good running back.

With an underrated runner like Chris Polk on the roster as well as Alfred Blue and rookie Kenny Hilliard, who has looked good in camp, I see no reason to panic here.

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