The Houston Texans experienced quite the turnaround in 2014, ending the season with a winning 9-7 record. This was due in part to first year coach Bill O’Brien and things are looking up once again as we enter the 2015 season.
Last season, the Texans had four different quarterbacks take the field and in 2015 the position should become a lot less murky. Both Ryan Mallet and Brian Hoyer have the potential as starters under center and each have their individual merits. When healthy, the Texans have one of the best running backs in the league in Arian Foster, however he tends to struggle to remain on the field. His primary backup Alfred Blue ran for 528 yards as a rookie and did a nice job filling in for the injured Foster. At the wideout position, Houston lost their all-time leading receiver Andre Johnson to free agency - although he has lost a step or two over the years-and will look to third year guy DeAndre Hopkins to fill his shoes.
Cecil Shorts III and Nate Washington, both signed over the offseason, will most likely round out the receiving trio.Defensively, the Texans have arguably the best lineman in football in J.J.Watt. They added All-Pro veteran Vince Wilfork from the Patriots to the line, and he should be able to give them a solid 40 snaps a game. Houston’s linebacking corps is a work in progress but should do a decent job rushing the passer and defending the run. Their secondary will get a boost with safety Rahim Moore coming over from the Denver Broncos and rookie first round draft pick Kevin Johnson should perform well enough to see the field this year as a nickel corner.
Overall, Houston’s team is solid this season with a decent amount of depth. They will need players on both sides of the ball to remain healthy including last year’s number one draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to make a real run in the AFC South. A wildcard spot in the AFC is well within their reach though, so be sure to grab your Houston Texans tickets to see the Bulls on Parade in action live.