Houston Texans Roundup: NFL Combine workouts begin this Friday
The start of NFL Combine workouts begin this Friday, and a lot will take place in those four days for the Houston Texans.
It is time to start getting excited for the beginning of the new NFL season with the 2019 NFL Combine workouts taking place from Friday, March 1 through Monday, March 4 in Indianapolis, as that really amps up NFL Draft coverage throughout the football world.
The workout schedule of the NFL Combine looks like this for the four days of workouts, according to NFL.com:
• Friday, March 1: kickers, special teams, offensive line and running backs.
• Saturday, March 2: quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends.
• Sunday, March 3: defensive linemen and linebackers.
• Monday, March 4: defensive backs.
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For the Texans, the two most important days should be Friday and Monday when the offensive linemen, running backs and defensive backs will be on full display on their respective days.
It is by far no secret the Texans need to really evaluate the players at all three of those positions in great detail, but they also can’t overlook all of the talented players at other positions as well.
In terms of need, the Texans really need to put a lot of their time on the offensive linemen and try to build and invest in a player that they feel can be the cornerstone of the offensive line for years to come. They have to do something to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson a lot more than he was protected this past season, but to be fair, he has some work to do as well.
I’m of the belief that if the 2019 NFL Draft was today, the Texans have to do whatever they need to do to draft one of the best offensive tackles available, because an offense is only as good as their offensive line.
That said, the combine should be very exciting, and all of us should learn a lot once it is all complete.
In other Texans news:
• Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle had an interesting article with Jon Weeks, the long snapper of the Texans, and how Weeks views the special teams of the Texans, quoting Weeks:
"“I think we made a lot of good steps, a lot of progress,” Weeks said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about getting to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, we came up short of that …”"
Houston’s special teams saved more than a couple games for the Texans this past season with the game-winning field goals of Ka’imi Fairbairn. He also made 37 field goals out of 42 attempts (88.1 percent). Fairbairn’s longest field goal distance of the season went for 54 yards in Week 3 against the New York Giants, and again, he had a 54-yard field goal against the Washington Redskins in Week 11.
The Texans’ special teams was solid last season, but with any unit in the NFL, there is always room to get better, and that will be the case for Houston in 2019.
• Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com listed where all of the Texans 2019 draft picks will be in a recent article, stating the following:
"“They learned their final three: the fifth-rounder is 161st overall, the sixth-rounder is 195th and the seventh-rounder is 220th.”"
The draft is one of the most exciting weekends of the entire NFL season and the Texans, with a total of seven picks — two in the second round and none in the fourth round — have a great opportunity in front of them to really make some needed improvements to the roster.
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Pro Football Focus posted the leaders of the Texans offense who played at least 250 snaps with the team, and it was no surprise who the highest-graded offensive player on the roster was by a decent margin … DeAndre Hopkins, who had a grade of 92.5 for the season. Next was Watson at 82.6.
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