Now that the Draft is over, the predictions for each NFL teams starting rotation will start to come out; Houston Texans included. With a few holes to plug, veterans and the newly drafted rookies will battle to fill these gaps in the coming off season activities, and in pre season. Bill O’Brien will be looking to turn around a 2-14 team, that is only a year removed from a playoff run, and still has quite a few of those players that provided veteran leadership on this team. Without further a due, the offensive side of the ball will be reviewed first, starting with predicting the man who may be under center for the Houston Texans.
Quarterback is almost a complete toss up of whom may start for Houston. Ryan Fitzpatrick has the most experience of the four heading into camp, with ten years of his belt. T.J. Yates has been with Houston for four years, leading them to their first playoff victory over Cincinnati when Matt Schaub was injured. Case Keenum is a local fan favorite of the Texans, also starting Houston’s last eight games of the 2013 season. Keenum started hot the first four games, showing a lot of promise; but then fizzled out the last four, throwing for only one touchdown with five interceptions. Tom Savage is the only quarterback Houston drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, which was in the 4th round. Fitzpatrick may be the most experienced quarterback on the Texans roster, but he is not a liable starter, possibly a temporary stop gap at the position. T.J. Yates did lead Houston to their first playoff victory, but just this last year he found himself third on the depth chart behind Keenum. Case Keenum provided a much needed spark when Houston inserted him into the starting line up, and showed a lot of promise early on.Victories did not come though, as Keenum did not win as a starter last season. Savage is the possible insert into the starting line up. The QB out of Pitt as a very live arm, and with decent offensive line play Savage could be exceptional. Fitzpatrick and Keenum will challenge Savage in camp, but with all four QB’s learning a new offense in camp, Savage may be given the opportunity at the starting job first. Preseason will be a crucial time for these QBs to show what they got.
Running Back is probably the easiest prediction to make on the offensive side of the ball. If Arian Foster is healthy, he will be the lead runner in the backfield. Health is the key for Foster though, as he missed half of last season. The 2nd spot in the depth chart will be the battle to watch though as rookie Alfred Blue, and veteran Andre Brown; will be vying for to spell Foster. A dark horse here is Dennis Johnson, he did play quite well towards the end of the year when both Foster and Tate were shelved with injuries. Jay Prosch will almost certainly be the starting fullback after being drafted in the 6th round.
Wide Receiver will be held down by Andre Johnson and last years first round pick, DeAndre Hopkins. The third wide receiver position will be up in the air, along with the slot. Keyshawn Martin could possibly man a spot along with DeVier Posey. The coaches will definitely be keeping on eye on this core throughout camp.
Tight End is a spot to be had with Owen Daniels leaving via free agency. Garrett Graham was the most productive of the tight ends on the Texans current roster. This is Garrett Graham’s position to be had unless coaches feel otherwise. Rookie C.J. Fiedorowicz will fill the 2nd slot on the tight end depth chart, and could possibly take over the starting position in a year or two.
Offensive Line was widely inconsistent last year and needed an upgrade or two in the trenches. Duane Brown is a stalwart on the left side, and will not be giving up his left tackle position anytime soon. Chris Meyers and Brandon Brooks will hold down the center and right guard positions respectively. 2nd round pick Xavier Su’a-Filo will be a day one insert into the starting left guard position. This leaves the right tackle position in question. It has been reported that Bill O’Brien has high praise for rookie, Bryan Witzmann. Both Brennan Williams and David Quessenberry will be battling with Witzmann for the right tackle position. It sounds if Williams is healthy he may be in the running for the starting right tackle spot; if not Quessenberry is expected to step in.
The defensive side of the ball will be covered today as well, as the Guardian Liberty Voice looks at some more Houston depth chart predictions.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
Guardian Liberty Voice Writer covering the Houston Texans