The Houston Texans used a 3rd round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft on Julién Davenport as a developmental player, but heading into 2018 his time is now. With Duane Brown now in Seattle, the door opened up for Davenport to take over the left tackle duties this season and he understands the importance of being the penciled-in starting left tackle heading into the preseason.
“It’s a big role for every team and every single aspect of football, high school, college, NFL,” Davenport said of playing the position. “You just have to work hard and do your best to protect your quarterback because you know everything revolves around the quarterback.”
Davenport appeared in 11 games with 4 starts but missed a month of time last season due to a shoulder injury. Missing valuable reps in-game time situations, Bill O’Brien is trusting his young tackle to handle the duties.
“I thought he really progressed well during OTAs,” O’Brien said of Davenport. “I think out here for the first three practices, really has improved a lot in some of the techniques we’ve asked him to improve on. I think as long as he has the attitude of getting better every single day, which I know he does, he’ll be fine.”
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The critics have talked over the off-season about how the Texans did not do enough to upgrade the offensive line to protect Deshaun Watson. After a poor showing last season by the group, this year’s revamped group is focused on the present.
“We don’t pay attention to it. That’s just the things that float around. We can’t do anything but control ourselves. We work on everything we can to become better and be possibly one of the best O-lines in the NFL.”
With Watson a rising star in the NFL,appearing to be the quarterback to give the franchise a fighting chance, Davenport knows he has to give it his all protect the talented quarterback.
“Like I said, protecting that No. 1 guy, working with the guys next to you on the O-line and just being able to be technically sound and good every single play. You can’t take a play off.” Davenport explained.
Expectations have risen for Davenport in year two but Davenport knows he has to trust the work he has put into it to this point. Davenport expects plenty from himself and now is his time to entrench himself at the left tackle position for a long time.
“I wouldn’t say surprised myself,” Davenport explained. “I had high expectations for myself as I always do. I just come and execute.”
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