K: Ka’imi Fairbairn, P: Shane Lechler, DS: Jon Weeks
Fairbairn was the kicker for the Houston Texans last year. He appears to have the position on lock. The Texans only brought in a kicker when Fairbairn was dealing with a minor injury. He’ll look to build off of a decent first year.
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Lechler is supposedly locked into a true battle for the punted spot but, I find that really hard to believe. He is still kicking the ball at an extremely high level. He should have a spot on this roster pretty much as long as he wants it.
Weeks is one of the best and longest tenured deep snappers in the game. It is a completely thankless job that goes unnoticed until a snap goes awry. Fortunately, Weeks very, very rarely has a bad snap. He is also very adept at being one of the first guys down the field on punts and is consistently in on tackles.
The Houston Texans have had pretty poor performances from their special teams units for years now. They brought in renowned coach Brad Seely to fix that. So far this preseason, this looks like a successful venture. The coverage units have been phenomenal and if they can continue to be so, it’ll be a huge boon to this team.
All in all, this is a much better roster than the average 4-12 has. There should be a lot of improvement over last year for this team. Defending for the division title should be a modest starting place for this roster.