The Houston Texans started their second year at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center, West Virginia. Unlike last year the Texans will not be going into camp with the unknown about who was going to be their starting QB. Tom Savage was the starter in 2017 going into camp, the Texans just drafted Deshaun Watson as the #12th pick over all in the draft to be their future QB, how long would it take him to adjust from the college game to the NFL was the question Texans coach Bill O’Brien needed answered.
Deshaun Watson answered many questions if he was a NFL QB but can he return to the same form in 2018 before his injury. This camp is probably centered around building chemistry. After answering the unknowns of last season, Watson’s knee brace is off and looking good in practice … the job is his and with all the added free agents on the offensive line and at the skill positions, the Texans need to bond and at least maintain the scoring they put out last season when Watson was at QB.
Training in West Virgina allow the defense to gel. None of the veterans were on the field all at one time during the season. Both starting DEs were injured and 22 players were on injured reserved at least 1 time during 2017.
I know people are looking for Deshaun Watson to repeat what he did last year but I think the pressure should be on the defense who didn’t give the offense no help. The Texans scored 38, 34, and 33 points and lost. All games were lost on the last drive except the Kansas City game when Watson came back throwing for 3 TDs in the 4th quarter after being down 23-13 in the 3rd quarter.
If the Texans are going to move forward, their defense will have to be healthy. The addition on Mathieu and Colvin they should be able to create more turnovers. J.J. Watt will have to prove once more that he is the dominate player he use to be. Clowney will not be ready until game 1 vs New England but he has to shore up the other side of the defensive line.
The running game for the Texans must be effective to help Watson the the passing game, Lamar Miller will have to have a good year like he did in 2014-15 when he averaged 4.2 yards per carry. D’Onta Foreman and Alfred Blue both are very impressive runners and can start. The receiving corp. are one of the best, leading the way is De’Andre Hopkins at X with Will Fuller at Z and Braxon Miller at slot, any of these guys can play the others position and be effective.
I am really looking forward to see how they use Jordan Atkins their rookie tight end or the Y position. I think he one of the best pass catching TEs in the 2018 draft. However like the DL … the OL is in question. They have lost several offensive linemen during the off-season but they seem to be recovering. I would like to see how they fair against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 7th 2018 when they break camp from West Virgina.