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Houston Texans: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook

Houston Texans 2016 Preview

July 20, 2016

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The Houston Texans have gone 18-14 in Bill O'Brien’s first two seasons as head coach and now look to make some serious noise after making the playoffs last season. The Texans have become somewhat of a trendy pick to do something in the AFC this season, so expectations have increased a tad.

Here is your Houston Texans 2016 NFL preview.

Houston Texans: 2016 Preview, Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook

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Key Player Losses: The Texans lost their top two quarterbacks from last season in Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. Houston also no longer has running back Arian Foster, who is the franchise leader in rushing yards. Houston also lost offensive linemen Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones. Wide receiver Nate Washington bolted for New England after one season and linebacker Justin Tuggle finds himself in Cleveland after picking up 71 tackles in three seasons.

Key Player Additions: The Texans got their quarterback in Brock Osweiler, who played fairly well for Denver in limited playing time in replacing Peyton Manning. Houston also got a new starting running back in Lamar Miller, who averaged 4.6 yards per carry in four seasons with the Miami Dolphins. There’s also offensive line depth now with Tony Bergstrom and Jeff Allen. The Texans also took care of the defense by adding safety Antonio Allen, who has 104 tackles in his last two seasons.

Draft: The Texans hit a homerun in the first round with the addition of wide receiver Will Fuller, a guy who can stretch the field and take pressure off of Deandre Hopkins. Nick Martin is a smart and versatile offensive lineman who could carve out a nice NFL career. Braxton Miller is an interesting pick given his playmaking skills and versatility, and running back Tyler Ervin could be a steal given his speed and athleticism.

Outlook: The Houston Texans have the potential for a huge jump if Osweiler can become a consistent starter in this league. The Texans always had a respectable defense with JJ Watt and Brian Cushing leading the way, and the offensive pieces are there, especially with a young and healthy running back. If Osweiler can become the difference maker Houston is hoping for, the Texans could push the Colts for the AFC South crown. The Texans are certainly a team to watch early this season.

Houston Texans 2016 Schedule:

Sept. 11, Chicago Bears, 12:00

Sept. 18, Kansas City Chiefs, 12:00

Sept. 22, at New England Patriots (Thu), 7:25

Oct. 2, Tennessee Titans, 12:00

Oct. 9, at Minnesota Vikings, 12:00

Oct. 16, Indianapolis Colts*, 7:30

Oct. 24, at Denver Broncos (Mon), 7:30

Oct. 30, Detroit Lions, 12:00

BYE

Nov. 13, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 12:00

Nov. 21, at Oakland Raiders (Mexico City) (Mon), 7:30

Nov. 27, San Diego Chargers, 12:00

Dec. 4, at Green Bay Packers, 12:00

Dec. 11, at Indianapolis Colts, 12:00

Dec. 18, Jacksonville Jaguars, 12:00

Dec. 24, Cincinnati Bengals (Sat), 7:25

Jan. 1, at Tennessee Titans, 12:00

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