After the first nine days of training camp, the Houston Texans’ coaches have finally updated their depth chart to reflect the progress of the team and the individual players. The official list can be found on the team’s website here, recreated below.
Now for some quick thoughts on the depth chart. For anybody following the Texans, there really aren’t many surprises on the list. At WR, Keshawn Martin is having a dynamite camp and has thus far inserted himself as the team’s slot option and #3 on the depth chart. Bryant Johnson appears to be the #4 wideout, but that’s is probably based solely on his veteran status, expect either Jean or Posey to pass him, inevitably leading to his dismissal from the roster. On the highly debated right side of the offensive line, head coach Gary Kubiak has said it will take all of training camp to determine the team’s starters at RG and RT, so for now the depth chart reflects the generic list updated at the end of free agency with Antoine Caldwell and Rashad Butler penciled in as the starters, backed up by Brandon Brooks and Derek Newton.
Defensively, there is even less intrigue. The two deep of the front seven is exactly as one would expect. The only position which is a bit curious is cornerback, where it appears Alan Ball is the team’s #3 or 4 CB. Everybody knows Brice McCain is the Texans’ nickel corner covering slot receivers, and Ball has had a decent camp, but his track record in Dallas should raise eyebrows. More surprising is all the positive noise out of camp about guys like Brandon Harris and Roc Carmichael, yet they’re buried on the depth chart.
Lastly, Trindon Holliday as the team’s #1 punt and kick returner is interesting. There is no question he is blazing fast and a good return man, but it’s still questionable whether he can be a solid NFL WR. Holliday isn’t on the Texans’ three deep at WR, which begs the question will the Texans keep a guy who is strictly a return guy and nothing else? The answer to that question would be much simpler if Keyshawn Martin and Justin Forsett, two guys with conceivable roles on the offense, are equally capable of being the team’s return men.
The Texans still have a long way to go before any sort of final depth chart is assembled. Four preseason games and one months worth of practices will help the coaches put together their final 53.
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