The Houston Texans will begin training camp July 25th. Until then, all we can do is sit back, wait and give our minds something to think about until training camp comes around. Since that’s the case, let’s take a look at a few spots on the Texans’ roster that we should keep an eye on.
The wide-receiver position is a spot that should turn out to be interesting to watch throughout training camp. The Texans have Andre Johnson, who is still upset on the direction the team is going. Their have been rumors of possible teams that want his services but the Texans are still set on keeping him. If he does stay then there will be nothing to worry about, but if he is traded, who will fill the void?
DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans’ first round pick last year, will obviously be the new number one receiver, but the spot opposite of him is the spot to wonder about. The two who will be competing for that job will be Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey. Combined, these two were targeted 65 times and caught only 37 of the passes for two touchdowns in 2013. Hopkins by himself caught 52 balls for 802 yards with two touchdowns which shows the difference in production.
Posey and Martin haven’t shown much production as of now in the NFL, but that’s because their service wasn’t needed, but maybe one of them could transition to being that number two receiver. Both of them would have a chance of taking the position or splitting the role of being the number two receiver.
The Texans probably know how difficult it will be if Johnson is traded- maybe that’s why they are set on not trading him. If he is traded and Martin and Posey don’t show potential at the number two spot, then they might have to bring in somebody with some experience.
Another position to look at will be on the offensive line. The Texans drafted Xavier Su’a-Filo, one of the best guards in this year’s draft to help an O-line that was pretty bad this past season. Between the two starting quarterbacks for the Texans in Matt Schaub and Case Keenum, they were sacked 40 times. Su’a-Filo will be competing for one of the guard positions (probably the left side), so that should be something to watch.
The final position battle that you should keep an eye on is on the defensive side of the ball between Jerrell Powe and Louis Nix at nose guard. This should be exciting because either one could win the spot. Nix is coming off of knee surgery so how that will affect him in training camp is uncertain. Powe will be going into his fourth year and hasn’t really shown much in terms of stats, but that’s to be expected when playing NT in a 3-4 defense.
I believe Nix will end up winning the starting position but that depends on if his knee can hold up. Either way, for this type of defense Bill O’Brien needs a big body to contain the middle. Both of them can do just that, but Nix has more upside.