It takes forever for the season to get here yet when the season starts it goes seems to be so quick. Through the first quarter of the season the Texans stand at a less than stellar 2-2. Most fans would be happy with a 2-2 start but Texans fans expected more and rightfully so. There have been some great performances and some disappointing ones. This list (in no particular order) isn’t for the best Texans players but rather the players that have outperformed my own expectations through the first four games of the season.
- Joe Mays - The Texans were really lucky to find a players of Mays’ caliber available in late July. When Mays signed with the Texans he immediately improved the depth at ILB. Darryl Sharpton was still banged up and the Texans needed a veteran player who could step up if needed. Mays has done a great job so far this season. He’s wrapping up on tackles and has provided some big hits for the Texans defense. Mays’ best play this season may have been his tackle of Chris Johnson in the end zone for a safety. GM Rick Smith did a great job locking up Mays and he should help the Texans ILB core for the rest of the season.
- Shane Lechler - Like most of you, I never really tuned into an Oakland Raiders game. I heard Lechler was supposed to be the best of his job but didn’t know he was this good. Lechler has pinned the opposing team inside the 20 on 13 punts and inside the 10 on 7 punts. Lechler has been a huge addition to a special teams unit which has struggled the last several years.
- Garrett Graham - We know the Texans like to use two-tight end sets and they need someone capable of both blocking and good hands in that spot. Graham has been exceptional this season especially in the receiving area. Graham has caught 12 of his 16 targets for 126 yards and 3 TD’s. The combination of Graham and Daniels has given Schaub two reliable tight ends targets that he could throw
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Who has surprised you through the first quarter of the season? Check back tomorrow for my biggest disappointments.