Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, mid-season grades, report card
About the offensive line … they have hampered the Houston Texans offense all season. Some of it is because of scheme, some because of personnel and some because they’ve just not played well at all.
It is tough to be happy, pleased or even content with how the offensive line has played this season. There has been too much pressure on Watson throughout the season, the rushing game doesn’t stand out and there is just the concern if Watson is hit at the pace he’s being hit, the season’s success could vanish just as quickly.
This year’s offensive line consists of: Julie’n Davenport, Zach Fulton, Seantrel Henderson, Senio Kelemete, Kendall Lamm, Greg Mancz, Nick Martin and Martinas Rankin. These players have to have talent to reach the NFL, but at least for the season — as a unit — there is no way this is what head coach Bill O’Brien and his offensive coaches thought they had entering this season.
According to Pro Football Focus, the highest-rated offensive lineman is Martin at 61.6, while the closest is Davenport at 49.8.
For the Texans to exceed the level they’ve played at this season, the Texans’ offensive line will need to play much better than they have to do their job, and that is to protect Deshaun Watson.