Houston Texans: 2015 Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook
June 29, 2015
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The Houston Texans hope to build on last year’s 9-7 season and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Here are how the Texans look heading into the new NFL season.
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Key Player Losses: The Texans lost their top-two quarterbacks from last season in Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum, who combined for 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Texans also lost the main face of their franchise in wide receiver Andre Johnson, who racked up more than 13,500 receiving yards and 64 touchdowns in what is very likely a Hall of Fame career. The Texans lost their leading tackler in Kendrick Lewis to the Baltimore Ravens and released young safety D.J. Swearinger after two seasons. Danieal Manning is still a free agent after four seasons with the Texans and linebacker Brooks Reed switched teams after picking up 169 tackles in four seasons.
Key Player Additions: The new quarterback for the Texans will be Brian Hoyer, who had his moments with the Cleveland Browns and has 17 touchdown passes in his last two seasons. The Texans added a nice weapon with wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, who managed 176 receptions in four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensively, Vince Wilfork is Houston’s new nose tackle after a long and successful career with the New England Patriots. The addition of safety Rahim Moore is also impressive, as he had 20 pass deflections and eight interceptions in four seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Draft: Cornerback Kevin Johnson will likely be a starter opening day and gives Houston a much needed shut down player in the defensive backfield. Benardrick McKinney is a linebacker who can contribute right away with his versatility and wide receiver Jaelen Strong had probably the best hands of any player in the draft. Keith Mumphery was the best value pick for the Texans in the fifth round, as he’s a tough receiver who can make plays in the middle of the field.
2015 Outlook: The Houston Texans are going to be a lot better defensively and still has a running game that should give opponents fits. The question I have with the Texans is at quarterback, as Hoyer still hasn’t shown that he can be a difference maker on offense. You need a QB who can make plays and take care of the football if you’re going to be a playoff team. I like the Texans and think they’ll be in the hunt, but there are still some serious questions with this squad.
Houston Texans 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 Kansas City Chiefs, 1
Sept. 20 at Carolina Panthers, 1
Sept. 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Oct. 4 at Atlanta Falcons, 1
Oct. 8 Indianapolis Colts (Thu), 8:25
Oct. 18 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Oct. 25 at Miami Dolphins, 1
Nov. 1 Tennessee Titans, 1
Nov. 8 BYE
Nov. 16 at Cincinnati Bengals (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 22 New York Jets, 1
Nov. 29 New Orleans Saints, 1
Dec. 6 at Buffalo Bills, 1
Dec. 13 New England Patriots, 1
Dec. 20 at Indianapolis Colts, 1
Dec. 27 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Jan. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1