Question Marks: Houston Texans
Who will be their quarterback?
Plenty can be said about Brock Osweiler’s season in Houston and the contract on which he came. But I’ll keep it brief. It was a disaster. The Texans since traded a 2017 sixth-round pick, a 2018 second-round pick, and Brock Osweiler’s contract in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick from Cleveland. The big part of this trade is the Texans have Osweiler’s contract off their books and can start fresh at quarterback. Tom Savage appears to be the starting quarterback as of now, but Houston made a move that will determine their future by trading up to draft DeShaun Watson out of Clemson in the 2017 Draft. Watson has all the talent in the world but it will take time for him to develop into a franchise player. Will Bill O’Brien trust Watson enough to play him a lot this year or will he be more comfortable with the experienced player in Savage? This team is extremely talented and is truly an example of a team that is a quarterback away. For them to get over AFC powers like Pittsburgh and New England, Houston will have to get their quarterback situation figured out.
Will the secondary survive without A.J. Bouye?
AJ Bouye truly put on a show last year and morphed into one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks. He left Houston for a big contract with their division-rival in Jacksonville and has left uncertainty in his wake. As it currently stands, Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph seem to be the starting cornerbacks, both of whom that, while serviceable, are downgrades from Bouye. Joseph has shown he can be a consistently solid cornerback, as he has done so for many years in this league. Jackson is a bit of a wild card, as he has been reportedly taking snaps at safety during OTAs, so it will be interesting to see how this secondary shapes out to be. There isn’t a whole lot else apart from those two, so the secondary could become a point of weakness for this stout Texans defense this season.
Will DeAndre Hopkins return to form?
At his best, Hopkins is easily one of the game’s premier wide receivers. He has put up fantastic numbers throughout his career, having two seasons with over 1,200 yards, and hauling in 111 receptions for 11 touchdowns in 2015. There is no doubt that he is a catalyst for this offense and his production is very important to the unit as a whole, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that the offense struggled at the same rate he did. This year should be a new leaf for Hopkins though, as he will have a quarterback not named Brock Osweiler throwing him the ball. With a new face coming into the fold, Hopkins should have a good season, as should this offense.
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