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This is the start of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the offensive line in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.
The Offensive Line Grades
Duane Brown: He gave up his first sack of the season against the Buffalo Bills but he has been as good you can ask an NFL left tackle to be. He provides what the offensive line needs, a force in the run and pass blocking game. His athletic ability really shows when the Texans let him pull to the outside and lead on pitch plays. He has been one of the top offensive lineman for the Texans this season.
Wade Smith: Smith makes a great compliment to Brown and Chris Myers but he has lapses sometimes by playing too high. He looks like he has slimmed down some from last season and he has had some issues with moving bigger defensive players off the line of scrimmage. One play he looks great getting to the second level, but soon after his feet get lazy and lets defenders bully him at the point of attack. He graded out the third best offensive lineman but his consistency needs to improve.
Chris Myers: Talk about a quiet season, but Myers has been just that. He has come a long way and him coming back to Houston has only solidified the offensive line for more seasons to come. He makes the outsize zone successful with his ability to rip the defensive lineman and still get to the second level to linebackers.
Antoine Caldwell: Caldwell was the day one starter and supplanted by Ben Jones after suffering a concussion during the Green Bay Packers game. Caldwell can’t seem to stay healthy, an ankle and his concussion issue have slowed him this season. He struggles with bigger competition but understands the run game better because of his experience. He has lapses in pass protection and his feet fail him when he needs to move to set up in pass protection. The Texans are going to roll with the hot hand at right guard but Caldwell has been serviceable at best this season.
Ben Jones: We have graded Jones this way because of what we saw from him early against Jacksonville and how quick he looked getting to the second level. Gary Kubiak mentioned he had a knee issue but if that has affected his play of late is yet to be seen. Jones looks like the NFL season is taking a toll on him and he looks like he hit the rookie wall. Considerably better in pass protection than Caldwell, he has some issues in the run game that hurt. He has issues moving people off the ball consistently and misses his cuts on the backside of the zone play. He has shown he can do it but to say he is “better” than Caldwell right now is splitting hairs, they are the same player right now
Derek Newton: Many personalities are calling for the Texans to start their right tackle search immediately. He has been better than what people give him credit for, and he is learning on the run. In the run and pass game, he has his moments, but at other times he looks like the second year player that had limited snaps as a rookie. Newton, to perform the way he has, should be a testament to how hard he has worked to become a starter for the Texans. He has given up some sacks but he has been decent for having limited experience coming into this season. He needs to keep getting better from week to week but having Ryan Harris has helped his development as a player.
Ryan Harris: The Texans should count their blessings that the Denver Broncos pulled the plug on Harris in Denver. The Texans found a starting right tackle on the free agent market that fit their scheme perfect and he has come in and been a nice compliment to Newton. Harris has shown he can move people off the ball and give some decent pass protection when needed. Harris at times has played better than his younger counterpart, but he grades out better for his production for such short time in Houston.
Be on the lookout for the other report cards coming out later this week.
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This is the second part of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the defensive line in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.
The Defensive Line Grades
Shaun Cody: We have been big fans of Cody since his position change in 2011 when he became the starting nose tackle for the defense...
This is the third part of our SOTT Mid Season Report card and we will run through every position group for the Houston Texans. We focus on the wide receivers and tight ends in this post and give our thoughts on the position group.
The Pass Catchers Grades
Andre Johnson: Just having Johnson on the field has made the Texans so much more of a complete team, and throw in...
The Houston Texans are still perfect against the AFC. They get another chance this weekend to prove they can beat one of the best teams in the NFC, too.
Houston (7-1) remained unbeaten against conference opponents with a 21-9 victory over Buffalo and now moves on to face Chicago (7-1) at Soldier Field on Sunday night. In their only game against an NFC team this season, the Texans...
Chalk this up as another one that I’ve never seen before. It looks eerily similar to one that Titans RB Chris Johnson often does, but its not the same. I guess we’ll just have to applaud Owen Daniels for his creativity and for the success he’s had on the football field this year, totaling 478 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.Via: @cjzero
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The Texans (7-1) get another chance this weekend to show a prime-time audience how they stack up...
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''I think we can be a lot better,'' Johnson...
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HOUSTON (21) d BUFFALO (9)
The Headline: Texans corral the Bills for an easy home win
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Rob Quinn: 8-2
Brandon Hess: 19-11
Ryan Talbot: 23-12
Michael Bundt: 21-14
Mike Straw: 15-10
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