The 2019 season is less than 100 days away. It is OTA’s time, and now we are getting an unofficial look at what our favorite football teams are going to look like for next season.
Looking at the 2019 Houston Texans, everything is still a smokey mirror. We still have some unanswered questions about this team, mainly the offense. We know that the Offensive Line will have a new look. We also know that we will be seeing a new starting TE. What we still want to know is, what to expect from the 2019 Houston Texans offense. I have a few things I believe will happen during the upcoming season.
For starters, the Texans offense has an opulent source of talent. We all know the two heavyweights in Deshaun Watson and DeAndre “Best WR in the Game” Hopkins, but what other people really don’t know is how deep the Texans are in regards of skill positions. Starting off with the WR’s.
Wide Receiver Group:
DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, Deandre Carter, Vyncint Smith, Tyron Johnson, Floyd Allen, Steven Mitchell Jr., Stephen Louis, Jester Weah, Johnnie Dixon, Isaac Whitney.
This is by far the strongest core group on the team. Behind Hopkins, the WR core is set with other talents like Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, and Deandre Carter. For the first time since, ever, the Texans have a solid WR core. What’s great about this group is its diversity. With the All-world skill set of Deandre Hopkins, followed by the frightening speed of Will Fuller, and the quickness and shiftiness of both Coutee and Carter, the Texans have an all around core that can do just about everything. Who will be the 5th WR? For now, that spot is Vyncint Smith’s to lose. However, talents like Johnnie Dixon and Tyron Jonshon are not to be taken lightly. Barring injury, “Which is a big IF” I expect this group to be a top 5 WR core in the NFL. When everyone is clicking, this is a group who can put up 30+ points on opposing defenses by themselves.
Tight End Group:
Jordan Thomas, Jordan Atkins, Kahale Warring, Darren Fells, Jerrell Adams.
Just like the WR group, the Texans will have a solid TE group for the first time since when the Texans had Owen Daniels, Joel Dressen, and James Casey. There have been multiple reports of Jordan Thomas becoming a legit threat as a TE. Jordan Atkins and Kahale Warring are also expected to produce in the Texans passing game. If the Texans can get solid production from the TE’s, which I expect them to do, it’ll open up the entire offense. This will make the Texans offense almost impossible to stop.
Running Back Group:
Lamar Miller, D’Onta Foreman, Karan Higdon Jr., Buddy Howell, Josh Ferguson, Damarea Crockett, Taiwan Jones.
As of now, the starting RB job is Lamar Miller’s to lose. I expect the Texans to start the 2019 season with Miller, Foreman, Higdon, and possibly Taiwan Jones on the roster. The Texans hasn’t received much production from the RB group, ranking both 14th and 15th in the past 2 seasons. Unless they sign someone, I expect the RB group to be average. However, that’s all they need to be in order for the offense to take off.
Center/Guards: DJ Coker, Nick Martin, Zach Fulton, Greg Mancz, Senio Kelemete, Malcolm Pridgeon, Marquice Shakir.
Tackles: Tytus Howard, Roderick Johnson, Matt Kalil, Rick Leonard, Martinas Rankin, Max Scharping, David Steinmetz, Julie’n Davenport, Seantrel Henderson.
Now this is the group where I don’t know what to expect.
On paper, this OL group will be much better than the group that was sported last season. How much better? That I do not have the answer.
I expect the starting lineup to start with Matt Kalil, Senio Kelemete, Nick Martin, Zach Fulton, and Max Scharping. However, expect Tytus Howard to see the field much in 2019. Perhaps he’ll get some time at RT, and eventually work his way to LT. The Texans have much better talent protecting Watson this season than what they had last season.
Deshaun Watson, AJ McCarron, Joe Webb.
Speaking of Watson, we all know the job is his going into 2019. How will he top coming off his first fully healthy season in the NFL? Will he progress or regress? This is what everyone is wondering. I, however, expect Watson to improve in 2019. He has so much talent around him at WR, TE, and RB. I expect him to post better numbers than the 4165 yards, 26 TDs, and 9 Int. numbers that he posted last season.
I’m not sure if everyone is aware, but the Texans are loaded on offense. They do need some more depth at RB, but I don’t think that’s enough to slow them down. The only thing that can prevent this offense from being great is injury. However, if the Texans stay healthy, I expect them to be ranked in the top 5 total offense this season. I also expect them to be able to win games on their own this season. They should be able to easily average over 25 ppg, and feature one of the best passing attacks in the league.
That’s all I have today. I’ll talk to you soon on what I’ll expect from the Texans defense.