Houston Texans Roundup: Andre Johnson returns to franchise

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson addresses the crowd during his induction into the Ring nof Honor at NRG Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Former Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson addresses the crowd during his induction into the Ring nof Honor at NRG Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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The Houston Texans brought an all-time great back to the franchise, and there is also the 2019 NFL Combine at the forefront, making for a busy weekend.

The Houston Texans have welcomed back all-time great wide receiver Andre Johnson as a special advisor, as ABCNews13.com reported on their website. The article states the following:

"“The Texans say Johnson will advise head coach Bill O’Brien and GM Brian Gaine in his new role. Johnson is expected to help coach, in addition to participate in scouting.”"

This is a good move to get one of the best players to ever play for the team around the franchise more and have a role within the franchise too. Also, if Johnson helps coaching, who else better to have around and help young wide receivers Keke Coutee and Will Fuller than Johnson?

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Plus, having a former great wide receiver like Johnson could bring a spark to the franchise it is missing. Johnson was a passionate player, and maybe some of that could rub off on some of the current Texans players.

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Jesse Reed of SportsNaut.com wrote about how the Texans could win the offseason:

"“It starts with the offensive line: Last year, Houston’s offensive line was a travesty.”"

Those words ring true for the Texans, and they should be able to fix or at least begin the process of making their offensive line better than it was last year, and the way to do that is to work some magic in the NFL Draft and even free agency. Some offensive linemen who could be available with the 23rd overall pick could be: Jawaan Taylor, Greg Little, Jonah Williams, Cody Ford and Andre Dillard, are who are listed as top offensive tackles in this draft, so one of them should fall to 23rd overall.

Chad Reuter of NFL.com did a three-round mock draft, and in those rounds the Texans have four picks as they have two picks in the second round at 54th and 55th overall. Reuter had the Texans picking the following players:

• Andre Dillard (OT) in the first round

Rock Ya-Sin (CB) and Renell Wren (DT) in the second round

Amani Hooker (S) in round three.

Reuter wrote this of Hooker in his draft article:

"“If Tyrann Mathieu does not re-sign with the Texans, Hooker could take over those playmaking responsibilities in the box and in coverage.”"

This is asking a lot of a rookie to replace a player the caliber of Mathieu, so that is a wait-and-see type of moment. That said, the Texans would be getting younger at safety with this selection, so that could be exciting for the franchise, too.

Deepi Sidhu  of HoustonTexans.com gave some options for Jadeveon Clowney and other free agents in a recent article, writing the following on Clowney:

"“Gaine, in his second season as general manager for Houston, is open to using the tag which allows teams until July 15 to work on a long-term contract or extension or play out the 2019 season under the tag.”"

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Clowney be given the franchise tag for the 2019 season if he and the Texans can’t work out a deal soon. The Texans can’t, or at least shouldn’t, let a player like Clowney go with all the work, effort, time and money already invested in him. I believe they need to see this process out and keep Clowney on the roster.

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That is a valid point made by Cecil Shorts. The Texans are getting a really close look at these linemen, and they must also make the right choice in this matter of their offensive line.