Offensive Tackle Depth
Third-year offensive tackle Kendall Lamm is the darkhorse in training camp. He has the athleticism to play either tackle spot but needs to improve in pass protection.
Lamm was mostly used as a blocking tight end in run packages last year. His run blocking was average but he’s shown he can catch the football as a third tackle.
Lamm has the versatility coaches covet, and he could make the argument to be the starting right tackle in 2017.
Rookie offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport was drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Despite his size at 6-foot-7, he moves like a smaller tackle. His elite arm length can aid him against pass rushers since he can keep them away from his body and redirect them.
It’ll be hard for Davenport to be ready in his first season due to the huge leap in competition coming from a small school, but he has the tools to be a starter at some point down the road.
Breno Giacomini is the latest addition to the Texans’ offensive line. He has a past with offensive line coach Mike Devlin during their time with the New York Jets.
Giacomini is coming off a back injury that kept from him playing in 2016. If he is able to maintain his athleticism, he’ll at the very least provide valuable depth at the tackle position.
Laurence Gibson was added to the practice squad last season and he has impressive tools to work with.
Gibson has bounced around from team to team, but he has the potential to make a case for a roster spot in 2017.
The Texans are Gibson’s sixth team since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. He can at least earn a spot on the practice squad with his freakish athleticism.