Houston Texans: Greatest all-time players in franchise history

Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans, Ben Tate
Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans – (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images) /

25. Ben Tate, Running Back

It’s crazy how quickly things changed for Ben Tate, who was supposed to be a star in the NFL. The Texans moved up in round two of the 2010 draft to take the bruising back out of Auburn. However, an injury sidelined him his rookie year and he was replaced by the undrafted Arian Foster.

While Foster blew up, Tate still managed to be a feared part of the Texans 1-2 punch at running back for three years. One season he managed 942 yards and four touchdowns and 771 and four scores in another.

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He averaged more than four yards per carry during his time in Houston, and while he bounced through three teams in 2014, the fact remains that Tate was solid for the Texans.

24. Brooks Reed, Linebacker

A second-round pick in 2011, Brooks Reed never broke out as a star, but he did start 52 games and provide some solid play for the Texans.

He left for Atlanta in the 2015 offseason after four years in Houston, but finished his time there with 118 tackles and 14.5 sacks. He recorded his first interception in 2014 and also had two forced fumbles in his four seasons.

23. Ben Jones, Guard/Center

Ben Jones, the former Georgia Bulldog became a full-time starter for the Texans after four seasons and showed some versatility in the process. After becoming a good starting left guard for the Texans, Ben Jones allowed the team to move on from a higher-priced veteran in Chris Myers by sliding over to center.

Once he moved back at his natural position, Jones solidified the middle of the line for the Texans. He was so good that it earned him a huge payday with the Titans, but he was still great in Houston.