Houston Texans Offseason
The Houston Texans are feeling confident that they can repeat as AFC South champs this season after what many believe was a very strong offseason.
The Texans have always struggled to find production from the quarterback position. The team knew they had to upgrade the position, and did so by signing free agent Brock Osweiler to a 4 year, 72 million dollar deal. The deal also included 37 million dollars in guaranteed money and a 12 million dollar signing bonus. Osweiler took over for future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning last season when he went down with a foot injury with the Denver Broncos. In 8 games with the Broncos last season, Brock threw for 1, 967 yards and threw for 10 touchdowns. His most notable game of the season was an overtime win against the then undefeated New England Patriots led by Tom Brady.
Houston also upgraded the running back position by signing former Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller. Over the past two seasons Miller has rushed for 1,971 yards 16 touchdowns, which are fourth and third in the National Football League respectively. He also caught 47 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns last season. The Texans also shored up their offensive line tremendously by signing Guard Jeff Allen and Center Tony Bergstrom. This will benefit new acquisitions Miller and Osweiler, as well as the returning starters on offense.
In the 2016 NFL Draft, with their 1st round pick, the Texans selected Will Fuller, a wide receiver from Notre Dame, who they are hoping can stretch the field with his speed and take some pressure off of star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins. They went back to Notre Dame with their 2nd round pick, drafting center Nick Martin. In the 3rd round the Texans picked up former quarterback turned Braxton Miller, from Ohio State. Miller, who is an all-around playmaker on offense, adds a lot of versatility and explosiveness to an offense, who quietly is becoming one of the most dynamic in the NFL. With their 4th pick they selected Tyler Ervin, a speedy running back from San Jose State, who many people have compared to Darren Sproles. The Texans are a pretty solid defensive team, but they still took the opportunity to upgrade their safety position by selecting K.J. Dillon from West Virginia with their 5th round pick.
Houston fans have been waiting on defensive end Jadaveon Clowney to have his breakout season in the NFL. The Texans selected him 1st overall in the 2014 season in which he didn’t play much at all due to injury. This past season he only totaled 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks, which is disappointing seeing that he is on the other side of All Pro defensive end J.J. Watt and faces a lot of one on one situations. Watt was definitely the highlight of the team once again, totaling 76 tackles, three forced fumbles and 17.5 sacks last season.