HOUSTON The wailing is sure to continue while the concern, whether real or imagined, will linger regardless of what transpires on Saturday.
If Texans fans aren't fretting about the right side of the offensive line, their stomachs are churning over the perceived lack of receiver depth. The Texans feature an All-Pro with a litany of lower-extremity injuries (Andre Johnson), a respected glue guy more renowned for his blocking than his playmaking (Kevin Walter), and a collection of youngsters teeming with potential but lacking valuable NFL game experience.
The Texans won't answer every question on whether Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey can become viable contributors to an otherwise exceptional offense when they face the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., but their performances will offer the first indication of the neophytes' capabilities beyond camp practices and in game situations.
"These guys are going to play well," Walter said. "These guys have gotten better every day; ...