2 Houston Texans players who need to stay hot in minicamp

Besides the obvious stars on this roster, the Texans will need to rely on some lesser-known players and those who haven’t had an opportunity to contribute on Sundays before.
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Offensive lineman Kenyon Green

Kenyon Green has been a fascinating player to watch since he entered the league. After the Texans drafted him in the first round in 2022, he made 14 starts in his rookie year before a shoulder injury derailed his second season. As he continues to get healthier, reports out of OTAs show that Green has impressed the team with not only his recovery but his growth on the field as well. 

“I think that was Kenyon’s biggest thing. Once he gets over that hurdle, now we can see how good of a football player Kenyon can be when he’s not battling and dealing with injuries. So, I’m excited of what’s ahead for Kenyon because he’s put in the work to give himself a really good chance this year," Ryans said via Click 2 Houston.

The Texans have made some changes to their offensive line this offseason with the addition of rookie Blake Fisher. That will force tackle Tytus Howard inside, but not without a fight from Green. If Green can’t beat out Howard, he’ll give Shaq Mason a fight for the other guard position and potentially force Mason out of town. 

Whether or not he can beat out either one of them, he’ll be a fun player to monitor. Houston drafted him to become a starter, and that hasn't changed at all entering Year 3. Even if he isn’t a Week 1 starter, he’s going to find himself on the field one way or another as the season goes on. 

The Texans have great depth on their offensive line, and unfortunately, they’ll have to make some tough decisions about the five starters. If Green can continue his hot start to the year, that could force the coaching staff to make him one. He seems to have the support of the front office. It’s just a matter of keeping his foot on the pedal and forcing Ryans to start him.