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09-09-2019, 09:52 AM,
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Houston Texans addressed the offensive line and secondary Braxton Miller Jersey White , but what about the rest?" Red Zone PlayRed Zone Play: Running Backs or Defensive Line? New,5commentsHouston Texans addressed the offensive line and secondary, but what about the rest? CDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Red Zone Play: Running Backs or Defensive Line? TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Mitchell Leff/Getty ImagesWhile the offensive line was clearly the biggest need for the Houston Texans coming into this offseason, and the secondary was also full of questions marks - especially after they let Kareem Jackson walk and Tyrann Mathieu signed with the Kansas City Chiefs - those weren’tthe only two roster groups that needed an upgrade prior to Kickoff 2019. Last week we discussed the running back corps, as did others. but it seems as if the Texans are once again ok standing pat with what they’ve scraped together, and already have in Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman. The other area of need is the defensive line. Especially if they continue to let the Jadeveon Clowney scenario linger and Clowney either sits out, gets traded or otherwise fails to continue his path to battle red greatness. While Houston did re-sign nose tackle Brandon Dunn, defensive ends Angelo Blackson, Joel Heath. They drafted Texas Longhorn edge rusher Charles Omenihu and managed to not lose tackle/end D.J. Reader, Carlos Watkins or smart-bomb J.J. Watt, other Omenihu, they didn’t do much to raise the waters in the talent pool. Then, edge rusher/OLB Duke Ejiofor went down for the season, spotlighting how the injury bug can bite right into a team’s fortunes unexpectedly. Last season, the Texans managed to score 43 sacks (while giving up 62), but Watt and Clowney contributed 25 of those between the two of them. Without J.J., the sack total drops to a paltry 27. Take out Clowney and it’s 18. and the NFL average was 39. And , it seems not only did Houston have no interest, but the feeling was mutual when it came to Gerald McCoy, who signed with the Carolina Panthers. For curiosity’s sake, McCoy had 6 sacks last season, more than any Texan not named Clowney or Watt. When healthy, Houston’s front seven - with Watt, Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham can be utterly lethal. Unfortunately, it seems lately if either Watt, Clowney or both are on the sidelines, the defense drops from potentially epic to average really quickly. So, with a running game that’s seemingly reliant solely on a pro bowler in Lamar Miller, a guy trying to buck all the odds in D’Onta Foreman and a makeshift offensive line comprised of rookies and second stringers, it doesn’t appear the Texans front office has done enough to give Deshaun Watson a running reprieve this season. If they don’t have Clowney for any portion of the season, or Watt/Mercilus go down with an injury, the defensive line’s impact will drop precipitously. That brings us to the question of the week: Which position group do you think still needs a talent infusion? The running backs? Defensive line? Or Jay Prosch Jersey White , are you totally satisfied with the current Houston Texans roster? The Houston Texans have matched a franchise record for most consecutive wins and are the first team since the 1925 New York Giants to win seven straight games after opening a season 0-3.Despite this impressive streak, they're far from satisfied and know they'll have to continue to improve to get their eighth win in a row when they host the Tennessee Titans on Monday night."We understand that it's going to be tough each and every week, and we understand that all 31 other teams don't really care what we've done in the past," Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson said. "It's about what we do this week. We don't believe in the hype. We just grind and go out there and prepare and try to play our hardest to get a win."Coach Bill O'Brien agreed with Watson and said he stresses to his players that things could go downhill quickly if they focus on what they've already done instead of worrying about their next opponent."You're always looking to improve. No doubt about it," he said. "I think that's what the league's all about. Who can get better the fastest, who can be the team that improves the fastest as the year goes on? I think every game there's going to be chances for improvement, and we definitely have to improve."The Texans, who lost to Tennessee in Week 2, have a two-game lead in the AFC South over the Titans and Colts, who are both 5-5.Houston beat the Redskins 23-21 last week for its second straight two-point win after downing the Broncos 19-17 on Nov. 4 before its bye. The Titans have had an up-and-down two weeks after beating New England 34-10 on Nov. 11 before Indianapolis routed them 38-10 last week."The Houston Texans are a true example of handling adversity and moving forward. They lost 3 in a row early on, everybody thought their season was over and all of a sudden they're on top of the division and might be fighting for a bye depending on where they're going," Tennessee linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "They're on our schedule now. We lost one, chance to redeem ourselves."Some things to know about Tennessee's Monday night visit to HoustonTongueROTECT THE QBMarcus Mariota was sacked four times in the first half alone before being knocked out of the game last week just before halftime with a stinger. Now the Titans face the Texans with Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney healthy instead of watching from the sideline as Clowney did in Week 2 when these teams met.Mariota and the Titans hope the quarterback will be available Monday night, though he's waiting for a nerve in his throwing arm to settle down.If Mariota doesn't start, that would mean Blaine Gabbert gets his third start this season and second against the Texans.GETTING INVOLEDWide receiver Demaryius Thomas hasn't made much of an impact since being traded to the Texans from Denver on Oct. 30 after Will Fuller suffered a season-ending knee injury. The nine-year veteran had three receptions for 61 yards in his debut, but didn't have a catch on two targets on Sunday. O'Brien took the blame for his limited work."It's not Demaryius," O'Brien said. "I have to do a better job of getting him more involved. He's working hard Alfred Blue Jersey , he's a good pro and we need to do a better job of getting him the ball a little more."PEES BACKTitans defensive coordinator Dean Pees rejoined the team Tuesday after leaving the team's last game with a medical issue. Coach Mike Vrabel is trying to limit the 69-year-old coach's hours at the team headquarters in Pees' return to work.Having Pees available and calling blitzes and coverages from the coach's box in Houston could provide a nice boost to a defense that was dissected by Andrew Luck last week. The Titans allowed a season-high 38 points, dropping from the NFL's top scoring defense to second overall.Orakpo said hearing Pees had been taken to a hospital shook the Titans."Man, that was definitely a scary scene to be a part of," Orakpo said.WATT AND CLOWNEYClowney and J.J. Watt have combined to be one of the league's most feared defensive duos this season. Clowney has 12 tackles for losses, 14 quarterback hits, 6 1/2 sacks and two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown. Watt has 10 sacks, 12 tackles for losses, 17 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and has swatted down two passes.Vrabel is very familiar with Clowney and Watt after working as an assistant with the Texans from 2014-17. But he rarely had both players on the field at the same time when he coached in Houston because of various injuries to the two players. He was asked if he's happy to see that they're finally both healthy and playing so well this season."I think 14 games out of the year, I'd probably feel pretty good for them, but there will be two of them when I don't," Vrabel said. "They're good people. I thought I had a good relationship with both of those guys."AP Pro Football Writer Teresa Walker contributed to this report.
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