John LopezCo-host of In The Loop, SportsRadio 610 #LopezOnSports
Ask me in a month and it might be a no-brainer that Whitney Mercilus is the Texans' rookie of the year. What he's done in very limited playing time is remarkable. His tackle numbers are similar to Brooks Reed and Conner Barwin, players that have started most every game. Mercilus has earned much more playing time and appears to be on the verge of exploding into something special.
Still, as of now -- today -- without question the Texans best rookie is guard Ben Jones.
He was supposed to be brought along slowly behind Chris Myers, as a center. But with injuries and sub-par play on the right side of the offensive line, Jones has been pressed into action and responded better than could be expected.
Plus, he eats weird stuff -- cockroaches, etc.
Nick WrightCo-host of In The Loop, SportsRadio 610 #getnickwright
Ben Jones would be the easy pick, and maybe the right pick, but I will go with Jared Crick. Crick has played more than I expected him, especially in making the transition to a 3-4 defense.