The last time I did this post, the Texans found themselves at 2-2. Four games later and they have yet to win a game. There have been a few great performances this season though most have been disappointing. 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.
- Case Keenum – I don’t think any Texans fan thought they would have seen Case Keenum make a throw in a Texans jersey this season. Instead, a Matt Schaub injury forced the Texans to make a move at quarterback and Gary Kubiak went with the undrafted rookie over T.J. Yates. Keenum has been one of the lone bright spots this season in his two starts. Keenum has completed 39 of 55 passes for 621 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 118.0 quarterback rating. The Texans are still 0-2 in his starts but Keenum has been the only positive in the two losses.
- Andre Johnson – Even I wasn’t expecting Andre Johnson to be so dominant this season. The substitution of Keenum at quarterback seems to have revived Andre Johnson’s career. After eight games this season, Johnson has 57 receptions (Tied-2nd), 813 yards (4th), 3 TD’s, and 41 1st downs (1st). Johnson looks to be on his way to another Pro-Bowl season though we all know he’d trade all his numbers for a chance at a Texans Super Bowl ring.
- Shane Lechler – I went through this roster, up and down, to try and find someone other than Shane Lechler to put as my third biggest surprise. It’s not that Lechler doesn’t deserve this spot. He does, he’s had a great season, tt’s just pathetic that a PUNTER has been one of the team “MVP’s” through eight games on the season. All Texans fans know Lechler has been a big part of the team and has done a fantastic job on his end. He’s likely going to find himself punting in Hawaii instead of Reliant Stadium in January.
Who has surprised you through the first half of the season? Check back tomorrow for a longer list of my biggest disappointments.