The Houston Texans have had a bit of a strange offseason, and before the 2019 season, the reigning AFC South champions still have questions.
The Houston Texans are around one month away from their official training camp beginning, but before anyone looks that far ahead on the summer calendar, the Texans still have work to do and they aren’t the only ones who know that.
ESPN.com had various staff reports come up with an “offseason power rankings” where they have the 2018 AFC South champion Texans in the category of “too soon to tell,” due to how they’ve attacked their offseason. That said, the list had the Cleveland Browns in the “elite” category for all of the changes they’ve made over the past couple seasons.
The “too soon to tell” category, which is the last category on their list, consists of 15 teams as the jury is still out on how well or not so well their offseason has gone, and to be honest, that is a very understandable ranking for the Texans this offseason.
Remember, the Texans fired now former general manager Brian Gaine earlier this month so that leaves a void in the front office. They were also hit with tampering charges by the New England Patriots — though they were later dropped — as they were pursuing Nick Caserio for their vacant general manager spot.
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Houston is also questionable on the offensive line for 2019, especially following their ’18 showing. Even though the Texans drafted two players with three picks in rounds one and two of the 2019 NFL Draft, who knows when Tytus Howard and Max Scharping will be ready for NFL action on the offensive line.
That brings everything back to the ESPN.com ranking of the Texans, as Texans reporter Sarah Barshop wrote the following on the Texans’ biggest question that still needs to be answered this offseason:
"“Who will play left tackle? This has been the question since the Texans traded Duane Brown to the Seahawks in 2017. Houston made some moves this offseason, but whether or not the offensive line has improved will depend on whether Howard can step in and play well in his rookie season.”"
I can’t agree with this statement any more because the Texans do need to improve immensely on the offensive line. Until that problem is taken care of — they were one of the worst units in the entire NFL last season — the Texans will struggle when games matter the most.
Houston is banking on their current roster of offensive linemen to get the job done, show great improvement and for their rookies to develop.
Who knows if any of that will occur this season, but one thing is for certain: once training camp rolls around and the players get their pads on, we’ll all know who has gained the needed improvement, and which players have not.