Texans don’t have worst roster, according to rankings list

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A national media outlet actually didn’t make the Houston Texans last in a rankings list.

Over at CBS Sports, they recently had a pre-training camp rankings list for each NFL roster from worst to first, and for once the Houston Texans weren’t last.

Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports ranked the roster of the Texans 31st overall out of 32 NFL teams, leaving the Atlanta Falcons ranked the worst roster overall before training camp begins. Being the 31st-place roster out of 32 teams on a list isn’t a reason to pop the cork on the champagne bottle, but it is better than being last.

It is all about the positives, and at this point of the rebuild we will find the positives for Houston, no matter how big or small the accomplishment.

Benjamin had this to say in his article about Texans quarterback Davis Mills, who is starting his second season in the NFL and with the Texans:

"“You’d be forgiven if you thought the Texans just carried over their porous roster from a 4-13 finish in 2021. Davis Mills seemingly has NFL-caliber poise to go along with prototypical QB size, but once again he’ll have mostly scraps with which to prove he belongs as a long-term starter.”"

Though rumor talks keep surfacing of a possible trade for current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — and hopefully that’s all it is … a rumor — the Texans have a quarterback deserving of a second season at quarterback, and deserving of an opportunity to start the season as the starting quarterback with a full training camp in that spot.

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Mills does have the “NFL-caliber poise,” and the best thing about the second-year quarterback is last season in the final five games as the starter, Mills was impressive and began to show his abilities to be the on-field leader for the Texans.

Also with the Texans roster, as Benjamin stated in his rankings article, wide receiver Brandin Cooks is underrated, and that is correct, because Cooks deserves much more credit than what he’s been given during his time in Houston and with his other stops in the NFL throughout the years.

Yes, there are some questions about Houston’s line, but Kenyon Green — the 15th overall pick — will be a huge addition to the interior offensive line, plus if Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard are healthy, that trio will help offset the remaining issues the offensive line might have early on this season.

There are some more issues with this team, that’s a given, but general manager Nick Caserio has made some positive moves with the roster via the draft, trades, or free agency signings to make this roster better than it was last season.

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So, even if 31st is almost last in the league, it is better than being last, so right now it is good to take a positive look on this, because by the end of the season Houston’s roster won’t be this close to the bottom of the list.