Houston Texans positional breakdown: Offensive line
By Randy Gurzi
Left Tackle: Duane Brown
A three-time Pro Bowl player, Duane Brown has been a rock for the Texans as he protects the blindside of whoever lines up under center.
Weight: 304 Pounds
In 2015 Brown started to show some wear and tear though as he battled a hand injury throughout the season. Just when it seemed he was on the way to better health, he suffered a torn quad in Week 17 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brown is reportedly doing well in his recovery and could be ready to go by the start of the regular season. He still has plenty of years left in him to be a good tackle in this league, and 2016 should be a bounce back year.
Right Tackle: Derek Newton
Lining up at right tackle is Derek Newton, an overachiever drafted in Round 7 out of Arkansas State back in 2011.
Weight: 313 Pounds
Newton appeared in 14 games as a rookie (with no starts) and the following season he was in another 14 games, this time he started them all. Since then, he has been active and starting in all 16 games each season.
He was a steady force for the team marred by injuries and proved how worthy he was of his five-year, $26.5 million extension when he started games at guard as well as tackle while the team was dealing with all their banged up players.
He will line up opposite Brown and if history is any indicator, expect to see number 72 out there every game yet again.
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