Houston Texans: Four reasons to watch versus the Broncos

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Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Arik Armstead (69) in action against Houston Texans tackle Aaron Adams (74) in a preseason NFL football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The O-line

Going hand-in-hand with the running game was the fact that there wasn’t much push at all from the offensive linemen. The unit as a whole looks decent when you just focus on the starters, but the depth is incredibly lacking.

Jeff Adams started at left guard in place of Xavier S’ua-Filo and played decently for a guy who has been a tackle his whole career. From there he moved back to his normal position and manned the right tackle spot while Mallett was quarterbacking.

Besides Adams, no other back up linemen seemed to offer a whole lot to the team. It will be interesting to see if someone can step up for the Texans and provide some trustworthy depth.

Bonus reasons! 

Everyone loves bonuses right! Well here are some other quick hits to watch for tonight. One thing is the tight ends, who looked much more confident in the first preseason game than at any point in 2014. Will these guys continue to run clean routes and make solid catches? If so that is a huge plus for the offense.

Also on defense, will linebacker Bernardrick McKinney be able to clean up his tackling after a so-so first game that saw him miss a couple of wrap up attempts. And speaking of missed tackles, former Bronco Rahim Moore whiffed pretty bad on one occasion while playing too close on a deep ball that was overthrown to Torrey Smith. That play could have gone for six if 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had been accurate on the pass.

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