With the unfortunate news Mario Williams is out with a torn pectoral muscle after recording his 5th sack in as many games Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, the Houston Texans are left scrambling for help at the outside linebacker position.
It is understandable that other players will have to fill the role of Mario Williams, but let's be honest rookie Brooks Reed can fill in admirably, but will not draw the attention Williams did. Also, with Bryan Braman and Jesse Nading sitting in the wings maybe in line to get snaps, the Texans outside linebackers are pretty weak after Connor Barwin and Reed.
The Houston Texans are at the point where they will have to look for outside help. This is where Rick Smith and his scouts have to do work and bring in some help.
Texans RB Their Most Underappreciated Player?
According to an article from NFL.com, the Houston Texans' most underappreciated player is a newly signed running back.
Colin Kaepernick Not Real Option For Texans - Because of Davis Mills
Colin Kaepernick is on the verge of making his long-awaited return to the NFL, but the Houston Texans will not be an option for the former star quarterback.
TV Tom Brady? Texans GM Makes His Prediction
Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio shares his prediction on how Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will handle his move to Fox Sports.
'Everyone is Buying In': Texans WR Brandin Cooks Sees Unselfish Roster
After two four-win seasons, Texans star receiver Brandin Cooks can see an urgency in Houston
Texans Coach Lovie Smith Raves About 'Sponge' Jalen Pitre
Lovie Smith is a big fan of second-round pick Jalen Pitre
Colin Kaepernick Working Out For Raiders
Follow along with TexansDaily as we keep you up to date with all firings and hiring in the NFL
'A Confident Quarterback': Texans A.J. Cann Sees Similarities in Davis Mills And Trevor Lawrence
Despite a 66 selection gap, former Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive lineman A.J. Cann can see similar traits in Davis Mills and Trevor Lawrence
Texans HC Lovie Smith Not Concerned By Players Absence During OTAs
Coach Lovie Smith was not concerned by the absence of Houston Texans stars Maliek Collins and Laremy Tunsil during Day 1 of voluntary OTAs.
To be honest the Texans should realize the problem at hand because after Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed's extended time against the Raiders, the Texans are thin at experience and playmakers on the outside of the defense. Braman has shown speed but other than that he is raw and has shown very little on the special teams side of the ball, and that is not a good sign for someone who might be needed to contribute on defense. (Trust me I am all for the Texans and if Braman succeeds I will write him an apology letter here on SOTT.) As for Jesse Nading, he lacks real speed needed at the outside linebacker position needed in the 3-4 defense and it showed during preseason.
There are some potential 3-4 outside linebackers on the free agent market and it will be up to general manager Rick Smith, Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips to address this noticeable position of need. The front office needs to make moves to help this Texans team survive this plague of injury sweeping through the locker room right now, and bringing in some depth to help the defense. It will be interesting to see where the Texans go on from here.
With the likes of Tully Banta-Cain, Julian Peterson who can play the natural outside linebackers position are available, or Lofa Tatupu who was solid for the Seahawks in the middle and could bump Brian Cushing to the outside. The Texans could also look to deal a late round draft pick to trade for help. There are many possibilities that the Texans could choose, but it could all be a pipedream.
I know the Texans are in for a tough game against the Baltimore Ravens, but the front office is going to have to look hard and see if Braman and Nading give the Texans enough depth to compete for a playoff spot, those are two players who have too many question marks on ability. The Texans have a chance to add depth and soften the blow of the loss of Williams, but only time will tell if they are willing to look elsewhere for help.