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 real. Bill O’Brien seems to be over his head playing the role of both head coach and coordinator. On Twitter, fans have started the calls for a new offensive coordinator since the Texans devastating loss to the Colts.

The “O’Brien Way” for coaching hires has been to promote from within, with an emphasis on like-minded individuals (former Patriots). They did it before with Mike Vrabel, an O’Brien hire, and former Patriot. Bill O’Brien has also had an emphasis on staying consistent to help Deshaun Watson’s development, leading all signs to point to the same for the offensive coaching staff.

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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Edge rusher Whitney Mercilus has been a staple for the Texans defense since 2012, but the 2018 season turned to a new, less stellar chapter in Mercilus’ career.

Mercilus is undoubtedly talented, yet in 2018 he failed to find a role as both Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt were healthy all season. If the Texans were to trade the 28-year-old, they would save $6.5 million in 2019, per Over The Cap.

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Texans Seven-Round 2019 Mock Draft 1.0

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The dust has settled, and it’s officially draft season for the Texans. Meaning that it’s also mock draft season.

Although I am not general manager Brian Gaine, I believe I share the same vision as him. That vision? To improve both the Texans offensive line and secondary in the offseason, with an added emphasis on adding depth to the offense.

Round 1, Pick 23 – Yodny Cajuste, L-OT, West Virginia

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Pros:

  • Powerful, can move around virtually any player
  • Good length
  • Solid size at 6’5, 315 lbs
  • Good hand technique; often the first to strike with a powerful grip
  • High football IQ
  • Can anchor the left side of the line
  • Plays mean

Cons:

  • Tight hips
  • Red-shirt Senior
  • Can struggle against speedy pass-rushers due to a shorter stance foot positioning

Taking a tackle in the first round should be an obvious thought for general manager Brian Gaine. Don’t think so? Just know that Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times in the regular season in large part due to poor tackle play.

From day one Yodny Cajuste is an upgrade over Julien Davenport. The Texans line lacks power, which is something Cajuste excels in. He also brings a competitive play-style (see rejection against UT) that every offensive line coach loves to see. He is also an experienced player who has seen high-end defensive players during his time at West Virginia. If Cajuste isn’t available other tackles in the area should be David Edwards, Dalton Risner, and Cody Ford.

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Film Review: Vyncint Smith fits well in the Texans offense

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Bill O’Brien isn’t shy about who he wants adjacent DeAndre Hopkins. The mold of his Z (secondary) receiver goes as follows: tall, fast, and physical. Will Fuller V fit this role, and Demaryius Thomas did so to a certain extent. Unfortunately, the Texans will not have the luxury of playing either receiver due to season-ending tendon tears. They will now depend upon UDFA rookie Vyncint Smith out of Limestone College, who happens to fit the mold of an O’Brien secondary receiver.

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