All Texans fans and well, everyone who heard was saddened to hear the news on Tuesday of David Quessenberry’s diagnosis of Lymphoma. I wrote an article here at House of Houston last week explaining why I felt Quessenberry had the inside track at the starting Right Tackle position.
Hopes and prayers are with Quessenberry and we’re pulling for a complete and full recovery.
The reality now for the Texans is they still have to field a team in both training camp and on September 7th. Brennan Williams is still not doing any football activities. Derek Newton is still a right tackle that has struggled greatly. Beyond that, the Texans only have rookie undrafted free agents as options at right tackle.
On Friday June 13, Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien named Derek Newton the starter at Right Tackle. Uh….ok. Does he really have a choice at this point?
The smart move would be for the Texans to bring in a veteran tackle to compete with Derek Newton for the chance to start or be their swing tackle that can back up both the right and left tackle positions.
So who’s available?
The sentimental favorite is former Texans Eric Winston. He still lives in Houston, is a proven right tackle and played for essentially the veteran minimum for the Cardinals in 2013. The problem is Eric Winston has typically been a zone scheme tackle and frankly has not graded out much better than Derek Newton the last couple years. Winston is 30 years old.
Tyson Clabo the 8 year veteran and former Pro Bowler is available. Clabo, 32, is the mauler type of tackle that Bill O’Brien will more likely favor. Clabo had a rough year with Miami last season, although still better than Newton or Winston had. This following an injury riddled 2012 and an excellent 6 years prior, with the Falcons. The question would be, is he healthy and does he have that level of play still in him?
David Stewart, also 32, is another veteran that is available. Stewart has been a very good right tackle for a long time with the Tennessee Titans. He has struggled to stay healthy the past 2 years, only starting 12 games in each year. But when he has played he has still graded out very well and has been much more productive than Newton.
The Texans likely would love to be able to sign a younger tackle that has some upside. But at this point of the off-season, that type of player simply is not available.
The Texans also have the opportunity of the first claim on any player waived from other teams during the summer and training camp, thanks to their 2-14 record in 2013. They will take a long look at any tackles that get released, but for now they may be resigned to bring in one of these veterans for some depth and insurance.