Houston Texans: Bringing Chris Clark back to offensive line a good move

Houston Texans tackle Chris Clark (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Houston Texans tackle Chris Clark (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have signed Chris Clark to another tour of duty of the team to help out the offensive line. Here’s why it’s a good move to do so.

Houston Texans fans — can you believe that this team is 4-2 on the season this early-in?  Last season, our team was busy climbing out of 0-3 hole that eventually turned out to be a franchise-record, nine-game win streak to finish the season with an 11-5 record and the third playoff berth in five seasons in the Bill O’Brien era.

The Houston Texans were playing teams that didn’t have strong quarterbacks holding them up and ultimately, with Deshaun Watson in the fold, they had the goods to be able to win a large chunk of games.

But this season is a lot different — the Houston Texans have been in every game they’ve competed in and they were able to get some impressive wins over the Los Angeles Chargers (Philip Rivers) and most recently, the Kansas City Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes).  Although they weren’t victorious over the New Orleans Saints (Drew Brees), they were just one shoddy defensive play call away from upsetting what still remains a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC.

Each loss was disappointing but each win was impressive in how they were able to engineer it with the tools that they had to work with on the gridiron.  Watson plugs a lot of holes for this team but he does have an array of offensive weapons to get the job done.

In addition, he’s getting rid of the ball on time and allowing the offensive line to give him the protection that he needs to keep those chains moving down the field.  The line hasn’t given up a sack in two straight weeks and that’s something to note as he sacked 18 times combined in the previous four weeks of competition.

But there have been some recent injuries to guys on the offensive line, warranting the Houston Texans to go out and find temporary replacements.

The Chron’s Aaron Wilson reported that Tytus Howard reportedly partially tore his MCL this past Sunday against the Chiefs and was carted off the field.  He won’t need surgery but he is expected to miss several weeks while he heals from the injury.

With Seantrel Henderson being placed on the non-football injury list and Roderick Johnson already promoted to his position, a need for a versatile lineman was there and the Houston Texans

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worked out veteran tackle Chris Clark yesterday, who played for the team for three seasons from 2015-17.

He started 13 out of 15 games for the Carolina Panthers last season before being cut and the 33-year-old was a free agent.

Because of his familiarity with the system as well as the coaches, signing Clark is a good, cost-effective move.  He didn’t have much time to practice protecting Watson as his season was cut short with an ACL injury but I expect the two to get on the same page quite fast before Sunday’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts on the road.

Although he wasn’t near elite, he protected his end of the line solidly when he was called upon and I think the team can get the same results out of him in what will likely be a stint for the next few weeks.

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I just hope that the Houston Texans continue this surge of offense and with DW4 being able to live his best life out on the field.  It’s quite refreshing to watch and I’m ready for seconds on my plate as it runs over!

Let’s get this done — go Houston Texans!