The Texans 53 man roster is now finalized- how does each position group look heading into the season?
With the opening of the season less than a week away, we now have a pretty good idea of exactly how the Texans’ roster looks heading into the 2022 season. A large part of evaluating a team is identifying which position groups are the strongest and which are the weakest. Looking at these groups side-by-side gives an idea of which groups should be strong points this year and which may struggle against other teams.
Texans Offensive Groups
Quarterback Room: B-
The group that will determine the rise and fall of the team this year, headlined by the Texans’ controversial 2021 third-round pick–Davis Mills. While Mills is a far cry from the elite talent that leads some of the AFC’s top contenders, he’s shown a marked improvement from where he started last year. Kyle Allen is a serviceable backup QB, assuming that he doesn’t have to lead the team for any significant amount of time. The only item that upgrades this team from a “C” grade is the upside possibility of Mill’s continued development.
Runningback Room: B-
Before you grab your pitchforks, I also like what I’ve seen from rookie Dameon Pierce. The running back room gets a lower grade mostly due to the limited game experience present. Rex Burkhead is the only back with multiple seasons under his belt. Expect Freeman, Ogunbowale, and Hairston to help mostly in blocking sets and backup roles. So while talent may not be an issue, it would be unrealistic to expect immediate, polished performance from this group.
Wide Receiver Room: B+
This is where we get to one of the stronger points of the offense this year. I know there is some concern circulating about who will be the third wide receiver, but a group headlined by Brandin Cooks and fortified by Nico Collins should have the potential to keep the air game flying all season long. With Dorsett, Johnson, and Moore all competing for the third spot on the field, this group walks away with a strong outlook, which should only improve after Metchie makes his return.
Tight End Room: C+
Here we come to a glaring flaw in the Texans. Flatly, the tight end room is sub-par, as we haven’t seen any of the players develop as hoped. Brevin Jordan still has time to become starter-worthy, but he suffered from multiple drops in the preseason. Pharaoh Brown shows flashes of dominance but struggles with consistency. O.J. Howard (recent surprise signing by the Texans) seems like a great fit for the tight end room, but his lack of familiarity with the system as a late addition will probably delay his efficiency for the first few weeks.
Offensive Line Room: A-
It’s hard not to like what you see when you look at the offensive line on paper. Laremy Tunsil is one of the best LTs in the league, Kenyon Green was rated by some as the best IOL in the draft (and he looked great in practice), Justin Britt is a solid starter (although aging), AJ Cann is an improvement over last year, and Tytus Howard is back at RT where he belongs. Deculus, Heck, Quessenberry, and McCray, are an average group of backups but they don’t keep this group from being the best on the offensive side of the Texans roster.
Texans Defensive Groups
Defensive Line Room: B
The defensive line is a bit of a mixed bag, with some highs and lows. On one side, young talent seems to be emerging with players like Jon Greenard and Roy Lopez looking like draft steals after several games. On the other side, a good veteran presence has been added to the locker room in Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison. In the middle, what lacks from the room is the presence of a true, elite threat. While some hope that Jon Greenard will emerge as that player, we need to see it happen before we can count on it. Expect to see the group struggle some against top lines and mobile quarterbacks, but this should get better as the season goes on.
Defensive Back Room: B+
This may come as a surprise to some, but the secondary for the Texans is looking much better this year than in recent memory. The addition of potential star Derek Stingley Jr. and young safety Jalen Pitre gives great hope to what has been a recently lackluster unit. Adding in Steven Nelson, M.J. Stewart, and Desmond King II rounds out the room and gives it a chance to be a top ten unit this year.
Linebacker Room: B+
Finally, we come to the linebacker room. Another unit that is likely seen as more of a mixed bag, but for all the right reasons. The presence of youth pervades this unit as well, with Garrett Wallow, Blake Cashman, and Christian Harris leads the crop of inexperienced prospects with a great deal of talent. On the veteran side, Christian Kirksey and Kamu Grugier-Hill give the unit the strong, consistent veteran presence that helps them perform now.
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