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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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

Rookie Report Card: Martinas Rankin receives a C+

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Former Mississippi State Bulldog Martinas Rankin started his rookie season as a tackle but finished as a guard. And it might be the best thing to happen in his short NFL career, other than being

As a tackle Rankin would receive a failing grade on this rookie report card. In pass protection, he seemed completely oblivious to his surroundings, slow, and generally discomfortable. Technically, he lacked a powerful stance, quick footwork, and hand movement to create initial leverage.

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Rookie report card: Justin Reid receives an A+

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A few months ago I wrote a film review about Justin Reid after the Texans beat the Redskins. I mentioned that he was the steal of the draft; a proclamation I believe to this day.

Now others believe the notion that Reid was a steal in the third round, as he has started to gain national attention. As he has earned spots on all-rookie teams by Pro Football Focus and ESPN. Meanwhile, Texans fans everywhere can sleep well at night knowing that general manager Brian Gaine drafted the cornerstone of their secondary with the 68th pick of the 2018 draft.

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