August 24, 2014


New faces: Coach Bill O'Brien, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, S Chris Clemons, S Kendrick Lewis, NT Jerrell Powe, top overall pick DE-LB Jadeveon Clowney.

Key losses: QB Matt Schaub, DT Antonio Smith, RB Ben Tate, S Danieal Manning, TE Owen Daniels.

Strengths: DE, WR, LB, P.

Weaknesses: QB, S.

What's New: Bill O'Brien will call plays, but trusts Fitzpatrick enough to let him change plays at line. Texans have shown multiple tight end sets in practice. Watt played left and right end in preseason game against Arizona.

Expectations: Texans have enough talent for quick turnaround. Soft schedule and weak division should help. Season's trajectory could hinge on 31-year-old Fitzpatrick, who's on third team in three years, connecting often with star WR Andre Johnson. Pass rush could be ferocious, with Watt and Clowney attacking in concert. Texans need RB Arian Foster and LB Brian Cushing to stay healthy.


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