2: Laremy Tunsil, Left Tackle
Putting his 18 penalties aside, the trade and contract extension of Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil has been a success. After Duane Brown got his trade to Seattle, the left tackle spot has been an absolute mess. The vacancy left by Brown led to Deshaun Watson running for his life more times than not. That was until Tunsil joined the Texans and the sack numbers shrank.
Tunsil’s efforts in his first season in Houston earned him his first of many Pro Bowl invitations, and while 18 penalties is a lot — he led the NFL — Tunsil will grow in Houston, and those numbers should decrease.
With Tunsil protecting Watson for the foreseeable future, the future should be brighter in Space City.
1: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback
As the leader — and face of the franchise — the Houston Texans will go as far as Deshaun Watson will take them.
Even in Watson’s injury-shortened rookie season, we saw what we have before us now, and the future is bright for the former No. 12 overall pick. We have a strong sample size of what to expect from Watson, with 52 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and 8,017 passing yards over the last two season.
A two-time Pro Bowler in three seasons, making a conference championship will be the next step, and we can hope to see even more, as fellow 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes won the Super Bowl and has been a league MVP within two seasons of starting.
The Houston Texans have their franchise guy, and hopefully the leader that will guide them to the Super Bowl, as Watson is the top player currently playing for the Texans in 2020.