Houston Texans: Three free agent offensive tackles to target

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The Houston Texans need to beef up their offensive line, a ongoing narrative. They need help at tackle and here three free agents they need to target. Look.

The Houston Texans are at the forefront of free agency and there’s going to be some nice finds out there to improve the weaknesses that glared mightily back in the 2018 season.  The No.1 priority is for the Houston Texans to add more talent to the offensive line as they were weakest link on the team and one of the worst units in the league.

It’ll be for another day but I could make a case that they were the 2nd-worst offensive line in franchise history in terms of the production that they were able to yield, to which on most NFL standards, wasn’t that much.

Bar none, the Houston Texans need to improve the offensive tackle position.

Seantrel Henderson will be returning to the Houston Texans on a one-year deal and has healed from a broken right ankle that he suffered 11 snaps into the team’s Week 1 match up with the New England Patriots last season.  The team hopes that he will be the starting right tackle and I certainly optimistic that there are no injury concerns moving forward.  He expressed his desire shortly after his injury that he’d like to return and plus when he’s fully healthy, he’s quite effective.  We just have to keep our fingers crossed that it will work out.

Kendall Lamm is a free agent and unless they either make a splash in free agency for a tackle or trust a drafted rookie to take over the reins as the primary backup, I fully expect him to return as I projected this past season.

Julie’n Davenport is going into his third season with the Houston Texans and his performance has emanated little progress.  With a full season’s worth of snaps (1,084), the amount of pressures allowed has skyrocketed from seven to 69 and his penalties have increased from four to 16, nearly four times the amount.  Davenport took just 238 snaps in 2017.  The bulk of Davenport’s snaps have come at left tackle but the 205 he took on the right side were largely forgettable as he continuously either racked up penalties or got himself beat in protection.

Martinas Rankin was actually quite horrible as a backup tackle but did yield some positive results in pass protection when he was lined up at left guard.  I tweeted about that so take a look here.

Will bringing the band back together be enough for improvement? Absolutely not and I’ve got three offensive tackles that the Houston Texans need to target this off season, so let’s take a look shall we?