By Cody Stoots

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – With Texans training camp getting underway In the Loop with John Lopez, Dante Hall, and Cody Stoots put together 17 questions about the Texans ahead of training camp. Some were big questions with little answers. Some were little questions with big answers. They are all here and a few of the answers are highlighted. Check the podcasts on for more detailed listens on some of these questions.

Question # 1 What veteran players need to have good a training camp to make the team?

Novak – Competing for a rookie and with a limited skill set as an older player could find himself on the outs. 

Shorts – There is a lot of competition for the fifth and final WR spot. 

Question # 2 What young player (going into third year or less) will you be watching the most in training camp?

Jaelen Strong – He had a great OTA’s and will be expected to showcase an improved ability after a focused offseason.

Question # 3 What position battle is the most interesting this camp?

Backup QB – The Texans quarterbacks get injured. That’s how it happens. Savage v Weeden is an underrated battle. 

Question # 4 Who will be the second sack guy on the team? 

Whitney Mercilus was Cody’s answer. Dante went with Jadeveon Clowney.

Question # 5 What player haven’t we been talking about that we need to be talking about?

LT Duane Brown

LB Reshard Cliett

OLB John Simon

Rookie DL Joel Heath

Rookie K Kaimi Fairbairn

Question # 6 Who could be the most electric/exciting player for the Texans this season?

Lopez – Strong because of his touchdown catching ability. 

Cody – Kevin Johnson because of potential playmaking cornerback ability.

Question # 7 What projected starter scares you the most?

Lopez – Rookie C Nick Martin

Question # 8 What position group on the Texans is the most concerning heading into camp?

Lopez – Offensive Line

Question # 9 What position group on the Texans do you feel the best about heading into camp?

Lopez – Cornerbacks

Stoots – Linebackers

Question # 10 What opponent in the AFC South worries you the most?


Lopez – Jaguars

Hall – Colts

Stoots – Titans

Question # 11 What non-Quarterback is the most dangerous player the Texans will face in the AFC South?

Hall – Jaguars DL Dante Fowler

Stoots – Colts WR T.Y. Hilton

Lopez – Broncos OLB Von Miller (but after realizing he couldn’t select Miller he said mancrush Titans rookie RB Derrick Henry)

Question # 12 If J.J. Watt misses regular season time who is under the most pressure?

Lopez/Hall – Clowney

Stoots – Mercilus

Question # 13 Who is the next defender the Texans can’t afford to have miss time on defense?

Whitney Mercilus was the consensus answer.

Question # 14 What’s the toughest game on the Texans schedule?

Hall – Kansas City

Lopez – at Jacksonville

Stoots – Bengals

Question # 15 What is the least concerning thing about the Texans heading into this season?

Hall – WR DeAndre Hopkins

Lopez – Cornerbacks

Stoots – Bill O’Brien

Question # 16 Who is the impact coach on the Texans?

Hall – Special Teams Coach Larry Izzo

Lopez – Wide Receivers Coach Sean Ryan

Stoots – Linebackers Coach Mike Vrabel

Question # 17 When will you know if Brock Osweiler is a success?

Hall – End of the season

Lopez – After the Raiders game

Stoots – After the Broncos game

Contact John, Dante, and Cody on Twitter with your thoughts, disagreements, and questions.


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