Houston Texans: Preseason depth chart projection
By Randy Gurzi
Guard: Jeff Allen, Xavier Su’a-Filo
This is the one position I can truly see changing before the season kicks off in September. Xavier Su’a-Filo will forever be known as the guy the Texans took when they could have had Derek Carr.
Instead, they got a player who managed just 10 starts his first two NFL seasons and just seems like he is always sidelined with something. After missing most of training camp and part of the early season, the Texans had Jeff Adams starting at left guard before a knee injury ended his season.
Adams was playing very well at the spot, especially when considering he was not only undrafted in 2012, but also that he had played tackle his whole career until he slid inside last season.
On a team where second round pick safety D.J. Swearinger was cut after two seasons and third round pick nose tackle Louis Nix was cut after one (and with zero games played) Su’a-Filo could find himself in real danger if he doesn’t take advantage of being placed atop the depth chart for guards to start the season.
The other starting guard spot is solidified as Jeff Allen was the team’s answer to Brandon Brooks heading to Philadelphia. Allen comes over from the Chiefs where the former second round pick started 36-of-44 career games for Kansas City.