Top 5 Houston Texans that nobody talks about

Max Scharping #74 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Max Scharping #74 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Max Scharping, Houston Texans
Max Scharping #74 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

There are players on the Houston Texans that deserve more attention than they receive going into the 2020 season.

When many casual fans and football experts speak of the Houston Texans, the names that come when speaking of the reigning AFC South champions are players like J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson, as those two are the faces of the franchise.

There are other better known names like Brandin Cooks and Whitney Mercilus that also come up in conversation, but what about some of the younger players and unsung players who do more than enough to have their time in the spotlight when speaking of the Houston Texans?

That is where this ensuing list comes into play because though the Texans need the superstars like Watt and Watson, the players without the household name are important as well. Not only that, these members of the Houston Texans play a larger role than you might expect.

Next are 5 Houston Texans players who need spoken about more because they will be making an impact for this franchise in 2020.

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5. Max Scharping, Left Guard

This will be the second season for Max Scharping in the NFL and with the Houston Texans, and after getting accustomed to the league early last season, the second-round selection did a solid job and worked his way to a starting role with the Texans as a rookie on their rebuilt offensive line.

Scharping played 938 snaps last season, totaling six penalties, and he also allowed three sacks. Pro Football Focus gave him a season grade of 56.7 in a season where Scharping played in all 16 games, making 14 starts. Scharping’s penalties consisted of just one holding call and four false starts.

Scharping also had a fumble recovery, where for the entire season he played 88 percent of the offensive snaps by the Texans and 17 percent of the special teams snaps (74). This season, more improvement will be needed from Max Scharping, but the good thing about him is that the guard has already shown he’s capable of making improvements on the go. Expect more solid play from Scharping in his second NFL season, as he’s also capable of playing tackle as well.