- I’m most glad that in this offseason, we’ve seen the realization of Bill O’Brien’s plan here in Houston. For the last two years, it’s felt like the offense was being put together with a bunch of spare parts you’d find in some garage. The best hope was for the production of DeAndre Hopkins and health of Arian Foster, while the organization plodded along without a significant investment at QB. Now, we know the plan: Brock Osweiler starting, with Lamar Miller at RB, Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, and Jaelen Strong as the wideouts. I don’t know if this will work, but at least it’s a plan. The Texans informed all of us in December that offense would be the focus of this Draft, and paid off on that promise.
- In a similar vein, the team made an overall statement by allowing Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones to walk, while signing Jeff Allen and drafting Nick Martin. It’s likely that the Week 1 starting lineup will have Martin at C, and Allen at RG. O’Brien’s offenses haven’t been good enough in short yardage over his first two seasons. Hopefully that changes with this new OL combination.
- I have to admit I was surprised by the selection of Miller in the third round, given that it was the night after the selection of Fuller. The WR room starts to get a bit crowded now, but there is obviously strength in numbers. The factor that makes me feel better about Miller is his raw competitiveness; John Harris told us stories Saturday about his battles with defensive backs at the Senior Bowl. We know that O’Brien really wants a legitimate threat as a slot receiver and jack-of-all-trades, and Miller can be that guy.
- Here is a visual that makes me feel good about Miller and his future:
- I’m tired of people conflating 40 times with game speed. Yes, Jaelen Strong ran a good 40 at the Indianapolis combine last year. No, it doesn’t make him a fast receiver on the field. This isn’t even a knock on Strong’s game, but if you watch him on the field, he’s not a legit 4.4 deep threat. On the other hand, Fuller and Miller played to their timed speeds.
- There wasn’t a significant investment made at safety this offseason, but add KJ Dillon (along with Antonio Allen in free agency) to what at the very least is a decent amount of bodies at the position.
- The two positions that weren’t addressed, relative to the expectation: DE and TE. I suppose that Christian Covington would start if the Texans had to play next week. Brandon Dunn, Jeoffrey Pagan, and Devon Still are other options at the position. To me, that’s not enough. This team should explore signing a veteran at that spot, especially if that player is stronger against the run.
- TE wasn’t as much of a surprise, because the top prospect on the board, Hunter Henry, went within the first few picks of the 2nd round. The Texans could have taken Jerell Adams from South Carolina with any of their picks, but opted to pass. They did add undrafted free agent Stephen Anderson after the draft, and I think he’s got a legitimate chance to make the roster. Anderson is viewed more as a receiving target from that spot, and that’s exactly what this team need. O’Brien says he has confidence in the TEs on the roster. I need to see way more out of Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz.
- Between Ervin, Miller, and possibly Fuller, I’m very glad that this team will have legitimate, explosive options in the return game this season.
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