Is the Houston Texans’ really one of the worst in the NFL?
Despite some questions along the offensive line and at quarterback, the Houston Texans have one of the league’s strongest rosters. At least I believe so.
In an article that you can only read on ESPN’s Insider, Pro Football Focus decided to rank the rosters of every NFL team.
What’s quite interesting is that the Tennessee Titans have the third best roster, while the Texans are ranked 21st.
Here’s what PFF wrote about the Texans:
"21. Houston TexansBiggest strength: Defensive end J.J. Watt, who has been the best player in the league for the majority of his career, missed 13 games in 2016 but is now healthy. He has the three highest-graded PFF seasons for an interior defender over the past decade, averaging a mark of 98.1 in those seasons.Biggest weakness: Houston’s defense is in good shape, but offensive line and quarterback remain significant question marks headed into the season. Guard Xavier Su’a-Filosurrendered seven sacks and 39 total pressures and earned below-average run-blocking grades last season.By the numbers: Offensive tackle Chris Clark led the league in pressures surrendered in 2016, coughing up 67 in 602 passing snaps. That was eight more than any other tackle. Clark also posted the second-worst pass-blocking efficiency score among tackles."
I do have to admit. The above assessment is fair.
Quarterback is a question for the Texans, but they’re definitely in a better position now with Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson than they were with Brock Osweiler last year.
PFF also broke down the Texans’ roster into five categories. They don’t have any players that are considered “elite.”
"Elite: 0 (though it should be noted that J.J. Watt received a grade of “N/A” due to his early season-ending injury last year).Good/High Quality: 6 (Duane Brown, Greg Mancz, Benardrick McKinney, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Kevin Johnson).Average: 7 (C.J. Fiedorowicz, DeAndre Hopkins, Brian Cushing, Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, Andre Hal, Corey Moore).Below Average: 4 (Tom Savage, Lamar Miller, Will Fuller, D.J. Reader).Poor: 6 (Ryan Griffin, Braxton Miller, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Jeff Allen, Chris Clark, Christian Covington)."
Lamar Miller, below average? That’s crazy to me.
If it wasn’t for Miller last season, the Texans wouldn’t have made the playoffs.
With quarterback Brock Osweiler under center, Miller was the loan bright spot despite a poor offensive line blocking for him.
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I also can’t agree with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins being considered “average.” Quarterback play has a lot to do with how a wide receiver performs and I thought he played well even though Osweiler was throwing him the football.
Hopkins and Miller are the two that stuck out to me when looking over where PFF has the Texans’ players ranked.
Comment below and let us know what you think of the ranking that PFF gave the Texans and their players.