Brock Osweiler looked awful in the preseason opener against the 49ers. But the Texans crown jewel of free agency looked like the player he was meant to be last night:
Against San Francisco, Osweiler’s performance brought back memories of David Carr. Erratic accuracy and taking sacks/not getting the ball out. But against the Saints, Osweiler played like the player the Texans thought they were getting when the shelled out $72 million for him.
He led multiple scoring drives, including one ending in a touchdown to Will Fuller. However he also threw an interception in the end zone, once again looking for Fuller. Osweiler threw a fade pass was not thrown long enough for Fuller and the Saints defender stepped in front of him to easily intercept the pass.
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On the touchdown drive Houston got a break as the Saints fumbled the punt and allowed Osweiler to have a second chance. He hit Fuller for the touchdown. On the second drive that the Texans scored on they got a turnover and only had to go half the field. The next drive Osweiler threw the interception, as the Texans went for it on fourth and goal from the three.
Line Play Better
It also helped that the line gave the quarterbacks more time than they got against the 49ers, despite having four starters out. Xavier Sua-Filo was the only starter that played, and he gave up a sack. When the rest of the line comes back, that will undoubtedly boost the pass protection. However, the first team line has not gotten any time playing together this preseason. That and the depth has not been there so far.
Despite the optimism, take this game with a grain of salt. Preseason games do not mean much and the Saints have had one of the worst defenses in the NFL for years. But still, Osweiler looked a lot better and let’s hope that he and the offense can build on it as they go into the dress rehearsal game next week.