Looking back at what we learned from the Texans’ first preseason game

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Let’s look back at the Houston Texans’ first preseason game as we get ready for another one on Saturday.

Last Wednesday, the Houston Texans faced off against the Carolina Panthers in their first preseason game of 2017.

In that game, the Panthers ended up defeating the Texans 27-17.

Many of the Texans’ players that are on the roster bubble showed why they should be on the team.

Here is what we learned from the first preseason game in Carolina:

Quarterback play has improved.

Even though it was only the first preseason game, all three quarterbacks on the Texans played very well.

Tom Savage started the first quarter. He went 9 of 11 for 69 yards. He only missed two passes.

The second quarterback up for the Texans was the 2017 first round pick, rookie Deshaun Watson.

Watson played in the second quarter as well as half of the third quarter. He came back to the sidelines after completing 15 of 25 pass attempts as well as 179 yards passing.

For being a rookie, Watson showed the coaching staff that he should move up to the number two position.

The final quarterback was Brandon Weeden. So far in his short career, Weeden has traveled to Cleveland, Dallas, and Houston trying to move up in the ranks and show what he’s made of.

Weeden didn’t get a lot of work. He finished the by completing 4 for 9 passes for 38 yards.

Penalties were a killer.

From holding to unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, the Houston Texans’ backs were against the wall.

During the game, the Texans were handed a total of 12 penalties which pushed them back a total of 96 yards. If they want to win any games this season, they will have to reduce the amount of penalties they get in any given game.

The Texans controlled the game.

Even though they lost the game, the Texans dominated on the field.

For about 34 minutes the Texans had the ball. In order to win the game, they have to figure out a way to control the clock as well.