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.

Others are now believing that statement, as Reid has started to see national attention. He 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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Film review: Martinas Rankin has the tools to start in 2019

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Martinas Rankin was never supposed to be an offensive tackle — even if he was drafted in the third round to be just that. Though he did play tackle (and every position) at a high level against SEC competition at Mississipi State, draft pundits had their doubts.

Bleacher Reports staff scout Matt Miller summed up his flaws well, saying, “He’ll struggle to compete against speed around the corner and may be asked to move inside to guard as a result.”

Turns out Miller was right. The 6’4″, 310-pound lineman earned his first career start at guard against the Philadelphia Eagles during week 16. He started in place of oft-injured guard Senio Kelemete.

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Five offensive tackles the Texans should pursue in free-agency

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The Texans need some help at offensive tackle, everyone knows it, even my grandma knows it. But there is an issue.

The issue? 2019’s free-agent tackle group is weak.

There isn’t a starter at left tackle without obvious flaws, but there are solid options. On the other side of the line, there are much more options including younger players that can start immediately. If the Texans are serious about winning next year pursuing the free agents below should be obvious.

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The Texans Have Two Offensive Coordinator Prospects Within The Organization, And One Should be Promoted

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The calls for a new offensive coordinator are prevalent. Bill O’Brien seems to be over his head in the role of both head coach and coordinator. This has led some to believe that Texans fans will see a new offensive coordinator come 2019. Though there are some great options outside the Texans organization, the organization tends to promote from within. This leads me to believe that one of the two candidates on the current coaching staff could be the offensive coordinator come 2019.

The two might be surprises, but they are qualified in their own right.

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Four Reasons Why The Texans Should Trade Whitney Mercilus

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Some might take this the wrong way as pass-rusher Whitney Mercilus has been a staple for the Texans defense for years. But the 2018 season marked a new turn for Mercilus’ career.

Though Mercilus is undoubtedly talented, he had a down year in 2018 as he lacked a concrete role in the defense. The Texans have also groomed other, younger, cheaper pass-rushers that are knocking at the door for snaps. To further continue the argument to trade him, his contract is coming to an end come 2020. General manager Brian Gaine had the opportunity to extend him in April, but a deal didn’t materialize; leading fans to believe that their relationship might come to an end.

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