Keep an eye on Tytus Howard
Cody Stoots of Houston.SportsMap.com gave 11 observations from the first day of Texans training camp, and one that stood out was about first-round pick Tytus Howard on his very first day of an NFL training camp.
Stoots wrote the following about Howard and day one of training camp:
"“Howard handled Brennan Scarlett on one rep and kept hand fighting with the linebacker for a few moments after the drill was over. He also held his own against Whitney Mercilus in one rep as well.“"
This is good news for the offensive line, and for a rookie to have some very early success in camp, it has to be exciting for Howard, too. We all know there is a lot of work ahead for the Texans and their first-round pick as they work to build an offensive line that can give quarterback Deshaun Watson the proper protection needed to get the job done in 2019.
Howard was a surprise pick when the Texans selected him 23rd overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but even then his draft profile said he can become an NFL starter, and that process began on Thursday.
The Alabama State offensive lineman Howard can play either tackle or guard for the Texans, and OurLads.com currently has him in a reserve role at right tackle as he’s sure to be in a training camp position battle with Seantrel Henderson at right tackle.
Seeing Howard on the field gives the Texans hope they can improve their offensive line, either by him working his way to a starter’s role, or if nothing else in this first year, challenging the veterans on the o-line to improve their game.
Houston needs a young tackle like Howard to step up and make his name, and with how the Texans’ offensive line played last season, he might not only do that, but he could become the starter they’ve been looking for sooner rather than later.