Houston Texans: Greatest all-time players in franchise history

Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans - (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans, Matt Schaub
Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans – (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

16. Matt Schaub, Quarterback

I know his career flamed out in Houston but Matt Schaub was actually a very good quarterback for a stretch of time for the Texans. The two-time pro bowler was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 and even led the league in passing yards with 4,770 in 2009.

By the end of his time here he had completed 64.6 percent of his attempts for 23,221 yards with 124 touchdowns to 78 interceptions. The wheels fell off for Schaub in 2013 and sadly that will be the one memory people are left with from his seven years at the helm.

15. DeMeco Ryans, Linebacker

The less touted rookie in 2006 when Houston took Mario Williams first overall was the first pick in round two, DeMeco Ryans the middle linebacker from Alabama. Ryans was the NFL Rookie of the Year that season after being credited with 156 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and one interception.

He made two Pro Bowls for Houston as well before becoming a Philadelphia Eagle in 2012. During his six-season in Houston, Ryans had 479 tackles, 13.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles.

14. Eric Winston, Tackle

Eric Winston was a 6-foot-7 tackle who tipped the scales at 303 pounds. He was selected in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft and started seven games as a rookie. The following five seasons Winston started every game, missing none at all.

Despite bouncing around the league some after leaving Houston and never being named to a Pro Bowl, Winston had incredible durability and helped pave the way for some great rushing seasons.