The Houston Texans released their first official depth chart of training camp and all eyes immediately should head to the quarterback position to see who the starter will be. Would it be the strong-armed fan favorite Ryan Mallett, or the “game manager” Brian Hoyer?
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And the answer to the question of who is officially the current starter is..Brian Hoyer…OR Ryan Mallet. Yes, sadly we are still no closer to the revealing of who will be under center for the Texans in 2015. Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com touched on the fact that there are not many surprises on the roster yet, and that bot quarterbacks apparently are starters for now.
"The team released it’s first unofficial depth chart of 2015, and under center it has Brian Hoyer with the word “OR” capitalized next to his name. Ryan Mallett, with whom Hoyer’s been competing, is also listed as the starter. The chart is below, and there aren’t too many suprises so far."
As for me there is one surprise at this point with the main one being Chris Polk listed behind Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes at running back. Polk ran well behind LeSean McCoy in Philly and according to team analyst John Harris has had a great camp thus far.
"During the tight ends/linebacker one-on-ones, I saw Chris Polkrunning away from one of the inside linebackers on a one-on-one pass drill. I heard some ooooohhhs and ahhhhhhs from the crowd after that one.Speaking of Polk, no one had a better day than the former Philadelphia Eagle. He missed a few days of training camp but got some reps on Saturday up in Richmond, VA. Today, he was back in Houston getting a fair share of reps with Arian Foster temporarily on the shelf. He ripped off a long run down the far sideline on a run during a true scrimmage period. He caught the ball well out of the backfield, got open in one-on-one situation and left a strong impression on most that watched Tuesday’s workout."
Polk to me seems to have much more upside than Grimes and Blue needs to prove he can run better than 3.1 yards per carry as he did in his rookie season. Harris also notes how hard rookie Kenny Hilliard is to tackle. The Texans better be sure that what they have is better than him, because he most likely will not make it to the practice squad if cut.