Rookie Report Card: KeKe Coutee receives a B-

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KeKe Coutee’s rookie season is a bit of a mixed bag. The former Texas Tech star was a difference maker when he hit the field, but hamstring issues held him on the sideline for a large chunk of the season. Although I recognize him as a steal of a 4th round pick, his box-score stats disappointed fans and fantasy football owners alike.

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Rookie Report Card: Jordan Akins receives a B-

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Drafting a 26-year-old rookie tight-end in the 3rd round is a risky proposition. For fans to trust such a high pick, immediate production is due. Though Akins didn’t give that immediate production, he was certainly a valuable commodity for a Texans offense lacking depth at the ‘playmaker’ position.

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Ten 2019 running back prospects Texans fans should be familiar with pre-combine

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Depending on who you talk to the Houston Texans might need a fresh face at running back.

Lead back Lamar Miller was named to the pro-bowl in 2018, but he rushed for less than 1,000 yards on the year, he is also a free-agent next season. Back up Alfred Blue did a solid job, but 3.3 yards per carry won’t cut it. Not to mention he is currently a free-agent. Former Texas Longhorns star D’Onta Foreman is coming off a torn Achilles, which is an injury that gives fans anything but confidence.

So what should the Texans do? There are certainly options in free agency. Former pro-bowlers Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt, and Mark Ingram will get the brunt of the attention. But over-paying for a running back is always a looming threat. Therefore, the draft sounds like an enticing option. The 2019 draft is deep with running back talent (albeit without any sure-thing prospect), and the financial ease that a rookie contract gives is always nice. Therefore, below are ten options that I believe general manager Brian Gaine should consider.

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Breaking: Houston Texans re-sign OT Seantrel Henderson

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Seantrel Henderson’s inaugural season in Houston ended prematurely when he broke his ankle versus the Patriots week 1. But that didn’t stop the Texans from re-signing the talented 26-year-old.

The 6’8″ tackle signed a one-year deal in 2018 for $4 million and impressed before his season-ending injury. So much so that he entered the 2019 season as the starter at right tackle.

Despite his injury, the Texans decided to re-up on his contract with another one-year deal worth $4.5 million. Though it is unclear what his role will be within the Texans offense.

General manager Brian Gaine will have his hands full during the off-season as he will need to improve an offensive line that gave up a league-high 62 sacks. At the minimum, Henderson will offer the Texans depth and competition to an offensive line that is expected to look very different come the 2019 season.

-Avery Duncan

The East-West Shrine game; why and who you should watch as a Texans fan

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Why should I watch it?

Guess what is on for football fans this Saturday.

College Football? Nope

NFL? Nope

East-West Shrine Game? Yep

That’s right, it’s the first Saturday since August 18th, 2018 that there were no college football or NFL games on. Meaning the dark days of the off-season is closing in, so you should soak up all the football you can get beforehand.

Though the Shrine game won’t be as competitive or alluring as an SEC or Big 12 championship, the competition is legit. The rosters are stacked of prospects with NFL ready talent.

However, the allure comes from the players are from smaller schools. The game gives such players a national stage to create a name for themselves, in turn creating players playing with everything on the line.

Are you intrigued yet? If so, you might want to catch the game on NFL Network at 2:00 P.M. Central, Saturday January 19th.

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