2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: HOUSTON TEXANS
HOUSTON TEXANS (AFC South)
2016 record: 9-7 ( 5-1 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: (R) QB DeShaun Watson, (R) RB D’Onta Foreman
KEY DEPARTURES: CB A.J. Bouye, LB Akeem Dent, QB Brock Osweiler
2016 SEASON RECAP
In 2016 the Texans saw all world DE J.J. Watt go down with an injury and big money QB Brock Osweiler struggle throughout the season but through all of that the team still found themselves first in the AFC South and in the post season. Many will say the Texans benefited from a weak division and that may be true but the defense they put on the field even without Watt was one to fear. Former #1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney finally started to live up to his pre-draft hype.
Also, CB A.j. Bouye became a star in the league. The offense wasn’t what anyone expected but the talent was there. RB Lamar Miller ran for 1,073 yards and 5 TDs while WR DeAndre Hopkins didn’t have the huge year we are accustomed to, he did haul in 78 rec 954 yards and 4 TDs with a bad QB situation. The team beat an Oakland Raiders team without QB Derek Carr in the first round of the playoffs by the score of 27-14 only to be eliminated by the eventual champion New England Patriots the next week 34-16.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
With J.J. Watt coming back healthy, opposing QBs should fear for their lives but on the back end, the loss of A.J. Bouye and Quinton Demps could hurt the NFL’s top ranked defense. Tom Savage and Texans Top draft pick DeShaun Watson will battle for the starting QB job. The winner of that battle will have a lot of fire power to work with. Hopkins and Miller have been mentioned but speedster Will Fuller and rookie RB D’Onta Foreman can also make defenses pay.
Bill O’Brien has to figure out his QB position if he wants this team to go to the next level. The AFC South seems to be getting better also, so the window for Houston to run the division with only that defense could be closing. Marcus Mariota and Andrew Luck look to be ready to take over and its gonna take more than that Texans defensive line to hold them off much longer.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
DE J.J. Watt, QB Tom Savage or QB DeShaun Watson, DE Jadeveon Clowney, CB Kevin Johnson, CB Kareem Jackson
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
7 – 9