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Houston Texans 2019 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 7/29/2019.


Houston Texans Free Agency Recap


Houston got Bradley Roby to push Aaron Colvin for the boundary cornerback job in Houston. Houston also signed Tashaun Gipson to re-unite with Colvin. Gipson will be the starting strong safety for the Houston Texans as Justin Reid moves to free safety entering his second season.



Houston Texans Draft Recap


The Texans drafted Tytus Howard in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft hoping the Alabama State left tackle would be Deshaun Watson's blindside. Howard is raw, and he struggled at both offensive tackle spots. He's not ready to start at offensive tackle. Howard has lined up at left guard and has looked good there so that may be where Howard plays moving forward.




Houston Texans Quarterback Summary: Deshaun Watson saved Bill O'Brien's job for the second year in a row. Head coach Bill O'Brien will remain head coach, but is no longer the offensive coordinator. Watson has dominated in his first two seasons in Houston even with a subpar offensive line. Carl Smith worked with Russell Wilson in Seattle for most of Wilson's career as Seattle's quarterbacks coach. Smith was Wilson's quarterbacks coach when Seattle made back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. He replaces Sean Ryan who did well with Watson before being hired by Detroit to be their new quarterbacks coach.


Houston Texans Running Back Summary: Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman give the Houston Texans a lethal 1/2 punch in the backfield. Cullen Gillaspia, their 2019 seventh round pick out of Texas A&M who was a backup to Trayveon Williams is the third string running back. Danny Barrett was a running backs coach for eighteen years in the CFL. I'm curious to see how he does with this lethal 1/2 punch.


Houston Texans Wide Receiver Summary: Houston has DeAndre Hopkins as a #1 receiver. Will Fuller is healthy as a number two target. Keke Coutee is in the slot. It's not just that Bill O'Brien is awesome at developing wide receivers as Houston's head coach plus Sean Ryan, their quarterbacks coach specializes in this area along with John Perry enters his third season as a wide receivers coach after moving from tight ends coach to wide receivers coach. Former Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson replaces Wes Welker as an offensive assistant.


Houston Texans Tight End Summary: C.J. Fiedorowicz retired after the 2018 season. This team drafted Jordan Akins out of Central Florida in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Akins is now considered the full-time starter with the Houston Texans. Tim Kelley got promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator. I wasn't a fan of Akins coming out, but with Kelley being the new OC, Akins may be a Fantasy Football sleeper to keep an eye on.


Houston Texans Offensive Line Summary: Houston has Julie'n Davenport at left tackle, Tytus Howard at left guard, Nick Martin at center, Zack Fulton at right guard, and Seantrel Henderson at right tackle. Houston drafted Howard hoping for a new left tackle, but got a left guard instead while moving Fulton from left guard to right guard. Matt Kalil was added for depth behind Davenport. Martinas Rankin is a backup as is Max Scharping, a 2019 second round pick out of Northern Illinois who has had reps as a right guard and center.


Mike Devlin enters his fifth year as the Texans offensive line coach. Devlin created an awesome run blocking scheme with the New York Jets for many years and brought that concept to Houston. I expect the Texans continue to focus on run blocking for their offense. Rankin has not earned a starting job, and none of their offensive tackles are long-term starters to help Deshaun Watson succeed. You could argue that Watson is on the brink of becoming an elite quarterback for playing so well with a shaky offensive line.


The Texans are a team that I see being a top 20 team in points scored, a top 15 team in total yards, a top 12 team in passing yards, and perhaps even a top 15 team in rushing yards. I expect Watson to carry Houston as much as he can if he's healthy. I also expect the Texans to put together a middle of the pack offense in terms of production despite a poorous offensive line.



Houston Texans Defensive Line Summary: Houston will have D.J. Reader at 3-4 right end and J.J. Watt at 3-4 left end. Brandon Dunn plays nose tackle.


Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel specialized in developing defensive linemen as a defensive line coach and now he's the assistant head coach on this team. Anthony Weaver is a solid defensive line coach as well so hopefully these two can coach up Houston's backup defensive ends because the Texans are in a tough situation in that regard.


Houston Texans Linebacker Summary: Jadeveon Clowney plays 3-4 right outside linebacker. Whitney Mercilus compliments Clowney at 3-4 left outside linebacker. Zach Cunningham and Bernardrick McKinney start at 3-4 middle linebacker. Romeo Crennel has experience developing linebackers. John Pagano and Bobby King also help as both outside linebacker and inside linebacker coaches working under Crennel.


Houston Texans Defensive Backs Summary: Houston has a good cornerback situation. Jonathan Joseph starts at field cornerback with Aaron Colvin getting promoted to dime cornerback where he was suspect as a starter competing with nickel cornerback Bradley Roby for a boundary role. I feel like Houston actually got worse at cornerback and may need brand new cornerbacks to compliment their 2019 second round pick Lonnie Johnson Jr. out of Kentucky down the road. Houston has Tashaun Gipson at strong safety and Justin Reid at free safety.


Houston needs to find a better defensive backs coach. I like the safety play, but you could also argue that the cornerback play on Houston is suspect.


The Texans should revert to a top 10 defense for the first time since 2015. I really think Houston's defense has a chance to have a quick turnaround.



Houston Texans Special Teams Summary: Houston has a reliable special teams. Ka'imi Faibairn at kicker, Trevor Daniel at punter, and Will Fuller as a return specialist. Brad Seely is taking over as the special teams coordinator. Houston improved on special teams.




Houston Texans Worst Case Scenario: The Houston Texans go 8-8 and post a .500 record, but miss the playoffs.


Houston Texans Best Case Scenario: Houston goes 11-5 and wins the AFC South Division once again. Even if Houston won the AFC South again, I feel like they did not do enough to improve their offensive line or the secondary.


Houston Texans 2019 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
AT
7:10 PM EST
ESPN
L
Week 2
September 15
VS
1 EST
CBS
W
Week 3
September 22
AT
4:25 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 4
September 29
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 5
October 6
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 6
October 13
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 7
October 20
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 8
October 27
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 9
November 3
AT
9:30 AM EST
NFL Network
W
Week 10
Bye Week
Week 11
November 17
AT
4:25 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 12
November 21
VS
8:20 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 13
December 1
VS
8:20 PM EST
NBC
W
Week 14
December 8
VS
1 EST
CBS
L
Week 15
December 15
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 16
December 22
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 17
December 29
VS
1 EST
CBS
W


Houston Texans 2019 Projected Record (10-6): Houston did not do enough to improve their offensive line or their secondary. At the same time, this team has enough talent to push for a wild card spot or an AFC South Division title game. I do not think there is enough talent for Houston to win a playoff game, but there is enough talent for the Texans to return to the Playoffs.







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