Im not sure if the Houston Texans can get better on offense from here on out this season.
I can’t say I’m surprised when it comes to the outcome of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but I was optimistic that the Houston Texans would be able to get their offense in gear without rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Of course I was wrong. Now we can look back at how some of the players on the Texans played.
Pro Football Focus have released their grades from the game and here are the highest rated players from the Texans:
CB Kevin Johnson (83.0)
It’s very refreshing to watch Texans’ cornerback Kevin Johnson put together a good game after his recent struggles.
"The third-year cornerback out of Wake Forest was one of the only bright spots for the Houston defense who played well in the first half but their play dropped off considerably in the second. Johnson was stout in coverage, as he was only targeted twice, allowing one catch for negative two yards. Johnson also contributed in run defense, with two stops on his way to a 87.6 grade in that department."
S Andre Hal (80.1)
Andre Hal had a solid game for the Texans, but it wasn’t good enough against a very explosive Rams offense.
Hal finished the game with 4 tackles.
S Corey Moore (80.1)
Corey Moore has made some plays for the Texans this year, but as a unit, Houston’s secondary continues to have trouble stopping big plays. One reason for that is their pass rush being depleted with injuries.
"On limited snaps, Corey Moore made the most of his day, recording two stops in the run game which led to an 80.0 run-defense grade, while in coverage he allowed one reception for seven yards. After seeing at least 40 defensive snaps the first three weeks, Moore has seen only 37 defensive snaps the past two weeks, perhaps he’ll work his way into the lineup the next few weeks after a solid outing against the Rams."
WR DeAndre Hopkins (78.8)
I’m not sure I agree with this grade. I would have given DeAndre Hopkins a grade in the 80’s. He’s the loan bright spot on a bad Texans’ offense.
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"All season long Hopkins has had great success for the Texans, seeing the second-most targets in the NFL and being one of the highest graded receivers. Without Watson, it was clear that Savage was going to be forcing the ball to Hopkins all day long. He was targeted 13 times and caught seven of them for 111 yards. He did have a dropped pass and had an offensive pass interference penalty, but five of his catches went for a first down and he also drew a defensive pass interference penalty."
RB Lamar Miller (78.1)
Unfortunately, Miller has been very average this season and I think a big reason for that is that the Texans’ offensive line is not very good. I also believe Miller is an average to above average player.
It will be interesting to see if the Texans decide to part ways with Miller this coming offseason.
QB Tom Savage (29.0)
I hate to say it, but any quarterback that plays as poorly as Savage, shouldn’t be starting in the NFL. The bad news for the Texans is that back ups T.J. Yates and Josh Johnson wouldn’t play much better.
"When the Texans lost rookie sensation QB Deshaun Watson, everyone knew that this offense would struggle. This game showed just how much they’ll miss Watson for the rest of the season. Savage has the arm to make good throws, and he had some nice ones today on a couple of deep passes that were completed. But he’s just too prone to bad decisions, and those were his undoing in this one. He struggled mightily under pressure, completing just 4-of-12 for 28 yards and taking three sacks. His two interceptions were very poor decisions and he had at least three other passes that should’ve been picked off to go with his poor ball security."
Comment below and give us your thoughts on these grades. Also, should the Texans bench Savage?