Houston Texans could be doubling back to Brandon Hitner for OL help

Free agent offensive lineman Brandon Hitner, who has scheduled a workout with the team (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
Free agent offensive lineman Brandon Hitner, who has scheduled a workout with the team (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans could be turning back to Brandon Hitner who worked out for the team back in the spring, for offensive line help. What’s going on?

Houston Texans fans — after us all being on such an amazing high from an impressive win over the Los Angeles Chargers the week previous, we were brought back down to earth after their performance against the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday.

As with every game this season, the Houston Texans were in the game throughout but just didn’t have the recipe to get over the hump and that was the continuing narrative throughout a typical Sunday afternoon game at NRG Stadium.

The Panthers can’t be discounted as they are a talented team with a young quarterback thirsty to make a name for himself while Cam Newton is nursing a foot injury.  Kyle Allen is certainly making a case for him to not only belong in the NFL but he may take his job if Cam is not careful.  The team is winning without him and the offense seems to move better with Allen, a one-time QB with a brief stint with the University of Houston back in his collegiate days.

He’s found his way to the NFL and he finished up Sunday going 24-for-34 for 232 yards with no touchdowns/interceptions for an 89.3 QB rating.  He managed the game, took care of the football and made the big throws when they counted.

In the same cut, it was a day of struggle for Deshaun Watson, particularly because he has sacked six times and his effectiveness likely wasn’t what he had hoped.  He still was able to run in the team’s only punch into the end zone but the team ended up falling short 16-10.

Watson was so disappointed about the loss, he had a postgame throwing session at the stadium to try to clear his head of the issues that caused them to lose.  It’s not all his fault though, the line still not holding their own for him.

With Senio Kelemete now on the shelf with a wrist injury, a Zach Fulton back injury and Seantrel Henderson‘s health continuing to be in the air, this opens up an opportunity to bring in another offensive lineman to help.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Texans will be working out rookie guard/tackle Brandon Hitner today.  He has previously worked out for the team this past Spring before the draft and was a priority free agent.  He also made a stop with the Green Bay Packers yesterday.

I wrote about the 6-foot-6, 305-pound lineman during that timeframe and you can take a look at my thoughts here.

With Matt Kalil onboard at the time and the team also vested in Henderson they decided not to pursue Hitner any more than they did.

Hitner eventually signed with the Los Angeles Rams but after being cut recently, this opened up an opportunity for the Houston Texans to scoop him up.

Hitner, a product of Villanova U, appears to a feisty, strong, agile and quick lineman that could be a

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solid asset to the Houston Texans.  He displayed continuous improvement while starring on the Wildcats’ offensive line.

His 2018 campaign was cut short, having only appeared in seven games because of a knee injury but started every game back in 2017.

He’s also a warrior in the classroom, earning a Colonial Athletic Association Academic Award back in 2017.  This will bode well for Hitner, who certainly exudes the aptitude to be able to adapt to this system quickly.

Mike Devlin seems to be fixated on this guy and I think he still wants to give him a shot to join the team.   I honestly think that we’ll be hearing that the team has signed Hitner if they can come to terms after it’s all said and done today.

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As I said seven months ago, he seems to be a terrific project for the Houston Texans to undertake yet he still has the goods to contribute to the offensive line’s success.

We’ll see what happens — let’s go Houston Texans!

Hitner appeared in 28 career games for Villanova through his collegiate career.