The Houston Texans have needed offensive line help for a while. Even though he signed elsewhere, the team tendered Trent Brown a contract offer, let’s take a look.
The Houston Texans had the league’s worst offensive line in 2019. This, of course, comes after the 2018 season in which they were also amongst the league’s worst. The team retooled, to some extent last offseason, but it was clearly not enough.
The Texans addressed both the interior and exterior offensive line when they signed Seantrel Henderson, Zach Fulton, and Senio Kelemete. Unfortunately, Henderson went down with a season-ending injury week one, Fulton didn’t live up to his contract, and Kelemete was just a mess.
Because of these signings, the fact that the team didn’t pick until the third round, and their faith in Julie’n Davenport, the Texans opted to only add Martinas Rankin through the draft. Rankin was not really viewed as a viable tackle prospect, something I disagreed with, entering the draft but the Texans saw him as such. From what he showed in 2018, he’s not a viable tackle prospect.
So, here we are in 2019 examining the state of the roster and offensive line remains the biggest weakness once again. This time, after allowing 62 sacks and 133 pressures on the first legitimate franchise quarterback the team has ever had in Deshaun Watson.
In an attempt to solve this issue, once again, the Houston Texans have re-signed Henderson, whom they really like, and signed former Vikings and Panthers left tackle, Matt Khalil. Henderson has had some ups and downs but injuries and Chron’s Disease have derailed his career. Khalil was once viewed as a top tackle but hasn’t been the same since 2015 and missed the majority of last year with an injury.
The plan right now is for Henderson to be the right tackle and for Khalil to battle it out with Davenport to be the left tackle. With Rankin, Kelemete, and Fulton taking the guard spots and Nick Martin manning the center position. Of course, an offensive lineman, or two, or three, are likely to be added in the draft.
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Now, however, it seems that this wasn’t plan A. The top tackle on the market this year was Trent Brown, formerly of the New England Patriots. Brown quickly signed a deal with the Raiders to make him the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history but there is another story to this. Apparently, the Houston Texans also had a contract offer tendered, per Brown on the Lefkoe Show, but it couldn’t beat the Raiders gargantuan offer.
The Texans had the cap space to sign Brown and to even beat what the Raiders offered. However, it may end up being an okay decision because Brown is leaving a great situation with the best offensive line coach in the league in Dante Scarnecchia. Offensive linemen also tend to struggle when leaving New England, ala Nate Solder last year who the Texans also pursued.
Regardless, no one knows how Brown is going to pan out and he was very good for the Patriots last year, especially in the playoffs. But, one thing is clear from this, the Houston Texans are not satisfied with the offensive line, as they should be.
So, even though the Texans missed out on Brown, they’re not remaining complacent this year. They’re creating competition across the board with free agent signings and I’m sure this will be continued a month from now through the draft.
The Houston Texans’ serious pursuit of Brown, despite missing out, gives me hope. This is a hope that the team is dedicated to fixing the offensive line and that they’re doing their due diligence across the board to keep Watson upright.