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Top 5 Biggest Questions for the Houston Texans

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Written by: Nicholas Mullick Linkedin:

With Training Camp about to start for the NFL in a few weeks, there are questions that follow each team. Like I did with the Detroit Lions in the last article, I will be doing the Top 5 Biggest questions for every team heading into Training Camp. Next up is the Houston Texans who had the 3rd Overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Honestly, it was hard to keep this list at 5 as there are a truckload of questions I have with this squad. But here are my Top 5 questions for the Houston Texans.

1. Is Davis Mills the guy at QB?

Last year was a complete disaster for the Texans. Especially when QB Deshaun Watson did not play for them last year due to requesting a trade and the multiple sexual assault allegations. So the Texans decided to pay him not to play. In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Texans decided to use a 3rd round draft pick on QB Davis Millis. Millis wasn’t great, but he showed flashes of brilliance last season. He made some solid plays last season, despite how poor the team was built. This got me to wonder if Millis is the guy at QB. If Davis Millis once again impresses this season, then the Texans really may have something at the QB position and won’t have to draft one during the 2023 NFL Draft.

2. Who will be the number 1 running back?

This is a position I am very intrigued about because there is promise in this squad. They gave Marlon Mack a new contract, but he has not been the same since he Tore his Achillies years ago with the Colts. Rex Burkhead had a normal season where he wasn’t terrible but was not great. In fact, he had his best season rushing for 427 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Royce Freeman is a scrub, and he is on the chopping block in the preseason. The running back that has a lot of promise is rookie 4th round draft choice Daemon Pierce who I was impressed with when looking at him during the draft. It is a positional battle to watch and it could be a tool for QB Davis Mills to utilize.

3. What is the plan for pass rushers?

One of the major problems I had with what the Texans did during the offseason, is that they did next to nothing to fix their pass-rushing problems. In fact, they for some reason decided to let their best pass rusher Jacob Martin test free agency. Now he wasn’t great, but he produced the most out of the bunch. Look at the current depth on the team. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo isn’t a terrible player, but he was not great in Los Angeles. Derek Rivers was terrible excluding one game last year against the Jaguars. Both Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison have suffered a decline as they have gotten older. I was interested in Jonathan Greenard as he had a good rookie season, but he disappointed last season. Jordan Jenkins is a mediocre pass rusher. The only player on this team I am interested in pass rush-wise and has promise is Rasheem Green as he emerged as a solid player on a bad Seahawks defense. What is the plan when utilizing the pass-rushing core on this team? Are they gambling that Hughes and Addison can regain their attributes when they were in their prime? Maybe we will get this answer in a few months, but I don’t see a long-term pass rusher on this team at all. In fact, this leads me to another question, why did they not use a draft pick on a pass rusher?

4. Did the Texans do enough to fix their issues at linebacker?

The Texans defense was abysmal, especially at the Linebacker position. Kirksey is very talented, but he has durability concerns. So the Texans drafted Christian Harris with a 3rd round pick, but there are concerns that surround him including his awareness and pass-rushing abilities. Neville Hewitt once again showed how he was the hidden gem last season and should get more chances as the starter. Kamu Gruger-Hill had two great games but was not good for the majority of the season. For some reason the Texans decided to spend draft picks to acquire a linebacker that can barely stay healthy. I am talking about Blake Cashman. But besides that, they really did not do much at linebacker. Who is going to stand out and did the Texans do enough to fix their issues at linebacker? Only time will tell.

5. What difference can Lovie Smith contribute as the Texans head coach that David Culley wasn’t?

This is probably the biggest question heading into the season. As many know David Culley was fired after one season with the Houston Texans. Which shocked me as they won more games than a lot of people thought. So who did the Texans hire? Well, they promoted defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. So what was the point of firing Culley again? I wonder if this team will look different at all from Culley coaching to Smith coaching. Will the schemes change, or will they basically be run the same way? The answers may not be told until maybe Week 4 of the NFL Season.

Bonus Question: Why is Jack Easterby still a part of this organization?

I still need an answer to this question. It makes zero sense why he is still here and we have yet to get an explanation as to why from anybody. Especially in a guy who admitted on a podcast that his job is to stay away from Football Operations. The problem in saying that is his job is being the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for this team. Easterby is causing more problems than solutions on this team.



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