The Houston Texans’ depth chart at offensive tackle will look a little different in 2020.
When the Houston Texans fill out their depth chart at offensive tackle this offseason, one name erased from that list will be Roderick Johnson, as it is being reported that the offensive tackle was not offered a qualifying tender.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle wrote the following on Johnson and the Texans:
"“Johnson played in every game with three starts last season. Johnson rotated at right tackle with veteran Chris Clark.”"
Johnson was a nice player to have on the roster, but he wasn’t the type of offensive tackle that needed to be starting each week for the Texans. Pro Football Focus graded Johnson at 67.9 last season as he played 364 snaps a year ago. He was penalized once and allowed three sacks.
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The Texans will have plenty of chances to add depth at the offensive tackle position, plus they need to make sure the right tackle position is set as well, as left tackle is penciled in to be Laremy Tunsil, who is currently on the final year of his contract.
The starting duo of Tunsil and Howard can work well for the Texans, and if those two are the bookends of the offensive line that right now includes Max Scharping (left guard), Nick Martin (center) and Zach Fulton (right guard) on the interior line, then the Texans have a formidable line.
That said, the Texans also must add depth for the offensive line this offseason, even by signing players to challenge for all of those starting spots, because this unit does need to be challenged for their starting roles.
Johnson will most likely end up on another team quickly due to his experience gained last season with the Texans with 16 games played, plus the fact he’s only 24 years old, so there is time to learn on the go for the offensive tackle.
The Texans are making a lot of changes to the roster compared to last season, so it isn’t a huge surprise they are letting Johnson walk to join another team.