Found August 14, 2013 on State of the Texans:
Even though about 20 players didn’t play for the Texans, their preseason started off well with a 27-13 victory over the Vikings. This allowed some less experienced players to be showcased. Some rose to the occasion while others struggled. This game had a lot of good moments but there were also some bad and even some ugly moments for the Texans.   The Good After this game, it appears that some of the spots that have been question marked in the past for the Texans are starting to become solidified. DeAndre Hopkins showed why he was a first round pick and why he will hopefully become the best number two receiver in franchise history. Earl Mitchell also looks like he can be the main guy at nose tackle this season. He lived in the backfield during his brief time on the field. Finally, Randy Bullock showed off a very strong leg. The Texans have used 3 different kickers in the past four years but look to have a good young kicker to develop for years to come. The pressure is on Bullock as the first kicker drafted in his draft class, as other kickers from his class are already considered some of the best kickers in the NFL.   The Bad Throughout the game, the receivers struggled catching the ball. None of the Texans’ quarterbacks have cannons, but there were still numerous drops. While Andre Johnson is guaranteed to be a star, assuming he is healthy, and DeAndre Hopkins is entrenched as the number two, a third option did not step up on Friday night. Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean both dropped passes. Apparently Martin is great in practice but that doesn’t matter if he doesn’t carry it over to the games. It looks like Johnson, Hopkins, Martin, Jean, and Alan Bonner will make the team going into the season, but the last three guys need to step up as DeVier Posey will be taking one of their spots when he gets healthy at some point this year.   The Ugly I was not very impressed with the defensive backs during this game. They ended up with two interceptions, but those were due to bad passes forced by a good pass rush. DJ Swearinger is another guy who has apparently been good in practice but wasn’t very good on Friday. He was the main culprit of the ugliest play of the game for the Texans, Zach Line’s 61 yard touchdown reception. On that play, Swearinger missed a tackle near the line of scrimmage and then Eddie Pleasant ran into Roc Carmichael taking them both out of the play and allowing Line to score. I single out Swearinger because he is expected to be a major contributor this year and for the future. He is a rookie and will undoubtedly get better, but thankfully the Texans have Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Ed Reed to play when the games actually matter.

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