During this past week, many national publications handed out their midseason awards and put out their All-Pro teams through the halfway mark of the season. Let’s take a look at which Texans made All-Pro teams and where they rank among the NFL’s best.
Chris Myers – Center - The Texans’ line has had an off season, but Myers hasn’t.
J.J. Watt – Defensive End - His numbers may be down, but his domination at the line of scrimmage hasn’t stopped.
Shane Lechler – Punter - No one gets distance, hang time and placement better than Lechler.
Greg A. Bernard (MMQB)
C: Chris Myers, Texans. Houston hasn’t gotten the results it’s used to out of the zone blocking scheme or in the standings, but that’s been more about the quarterback play than anything. Myers has been a rock-solid standout in every game except against the Chiefs and nose tackle Dontari Poe, but nobody’s been able to block them or him with regularity.
DT: J.J. Watt, Texans. Watt was voted an All-Pro at end last year, but I don’t know how people vote him there. Could he play as a 4-3 end instead of a 3-4 end and dominate at the same level? I think we’d say yes. But he does most of his work from between the tackle and guard and further inside. To me, that’s a tackle—an awesome one at that. He’s just unstoppable.
DPOY: J.J. Watt, Texans. It’s his world. Everyone else is fighting for second.
Elliot Harrison (NFL.com)
Center - Chris Myers, Houston Texans
Myers is a team leader who brings it every down. Despite the Texans‘ poor season, he personally has raised his play. He’s a beast in the run game and hasn’t been flagged all season.
Defensive Tackle - J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
Watt plays a 3-4 defensive end and moves inside sometimes on passing downs. Regardless of where he is, he’s dominant. See: Twenty-three combined knockdowns and hurries.
Khaled Elsayed (Pro Football Focus)
The Johnson boys have cemented their union as our first-team pairing with two incredible strong performances in their last game. For Andre that pushed him to the top of our receiver rankings, marginally ahead of Calvin who might rue missing some time hurt in his quest to rewrite the record books.
Center: Chris Myers, HOU (+15.5)
Comfortably our top-ranked center, Myers hasn’t set the world alight but he has continued to generate movement to open up running lanes. He may never be the best pass blocking center, but he’s good enough that you can live with it.
Defensive Interior – Ends: J.J. Watt, HOU (+51.0)
If you didn’t see this coming you’re not watching enough football. His sack numbers aren’t as high but Watt leads his peers in defensive stops in the run game (23) and quarterback disruptions (41). He’s still the best player in football.
Punter: Shane Lechler, HOU (+18.5)
Hekker might have the better grade but a lot of that owes to simply punting the ball a heck (pun intended) of a lot more. Lechler has thrived in Houston.