Who Are the Top 10 Houston Texans of the Decade?
• Antonio Smith (2010-13, 2016): 76 games played, 23 sacks, 127 tackles, 32 TFLs
The Ninja Assassin was a fan favorite for his sacks celebrations and clutch play in big-time moments, but he wasn’t exactly a staple of the defense. He cemented the defensive line next to J.J. Watt for years and had a small stint back with the team in 2016.
• Owen Daniels (2010-2013): 46 games played, 178 catches, 2116 yards, 14 TD
In terms of all-time franchise players, Daniels is the unquestioned best tight end in team history, but saw most of his production between 2006 and 2012. He helped ease the transition from the David Carr era to the Matt Schaub years and was consistent until injuries started to decimate his longevity.
• Chris Myers (2010-2014): 80 games played/started, 2 Pro Bowls
Once one of the best offensive linemen in the league, Myers was named a Pro Football Writers of America All-AFC player in 2012. His zone-blocking helped anchor the Texans offensive line that only needed one center for the first 5 years of the decade.
• Jadeveon Clowney (2014-2018): 62 games played, 29 sacks, 205 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 2 TDs
When healthy (and motivated), Clowney was one of the most electric players in the entire NFL. Unfortunately, injuries robbed him of most of his rookie year, but the former No. 1 overall pick was a highlight machine from 2016-2018. He may have disappeared at times, but made his presence felt as a hybrid pass rusher.
• Matt Schaub (2010-2013): 52 games played, 71 TDs, 44 INTs, 13,167 yards, 62.5 percent accuracy
Schaub was legendary in the same way that Jameis Winston entertains us all and that is he would lead the league in passing yards then go on to set the record for most consecutive games with a pick-six (four). Schaub is the all-time franchise leader in almost every passing category, and led the team to two of their best seasons ever in 2011-2012.
However, Schaub did miss half of the 2011 season with a Lisfranc injury and was benched after a disastrous 2013 year that led to the team having the worst record in the league. Never elite but always competitive, Schaub encapsulated the Texans’ early years with his inconsistent play this decade.
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