Texans: 3 Lessons learned in Week 1 tie with Colts

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1. Houston has their TE and never quit grinding

Going into the offseason, the Texans didn’t have a set player to be the tight end that would be a difference maker in games. Even as training camp began and ended, that still was the case, but when the Buffalo Bills released O.J. Howard during final cuts, that was a blessing for Houston, and it paid off in Week 1.

The lesson here for gaining Howard is never give up, don’t quit grinding and always be ready to make the big decisions. That can also be said for the Week 1 game too, because the Texans gave up too many rushing yards, they were held scoreless in the fourth quarter and OT, plus they lost a 17-point lead in the final quarter and still didn’t lose.

Sure, losing a 17-point lead is an implosion and should never happen when it comes to pro football, but it happened and they didn’t gain a loss, which couldn’t be said about this franchise the past couple seasons.

Howard will keep helping the offense and Davis Mills in Week 2 and beyond, and being with the team for just a few days, he was able to have two touchdown receptions in his first game with his new team.

The addition of Howard could be the story of the season for Houston if he keeps playing at a level that will make him a difference maker for the young offense, and the lesson is this team can just keep grinding, and eventually that work during this rebuild will turn into wins.

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