State of the Texans spent the week at Super Bowl 51 and worked to find out as much information, thoughts and analysis on the Houston Texans. Discussions with some of the prominent people in the NFL we put together 51 things we learned about the Texans from the busy week in Houston. -pds
When the season ended, the exit interviews took place and with the players heading home, the early theme from those meetings was that there is a quarterback competition brewing for the 2017 off season. Tom Savage and Brock Osweiler are considered to be part of the equation heading into this upcoming season, with the third quarterback being up in the air, however, the team is expected to add another quarterback from the draft.
Ear to the ground, Bill O’Brien, Rick Smith, and Bob McNair this off-season have all been asked about Brock Osweiler. All three gave answers but they all have a common theme: no commitment to Osweiler as a starter. They all want him to answer the call but there has been no indication of him being tagged the starter for 2017 and rightfully so after the season he turned in last year.
The initial draft board will be set up prior to the NFL Combine. Scouts, coaches, and Rick Smith will all meet to get their plan together for the upcoming draft. The Texans make sure they come into contact with all the players at some point. They all might not get one-on-one interviews but the Texans do run the basic information gathering on all prospects. They started with the East West Shrine Game, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
One factor that might be playing into A.J. Bouye contract situation is his close family ties to the city of Houston, particularly his daughter. If the Texans can get a fair deal for Bouye in front of him prior to the new league year, there is a good chance that he will stay.
DeAndre Hopkins wants to stay in Houston and continue his career. Hopkins thinks highly of the Texans organization and wants to continue to grow in a city that welcomed him with open arms.
….. but Hopkins wants his worth as a player and he wants Houston to commit to him for the long term. Hopkins has been vocal and some close to him know for a fact that this is where he wants to be.
One player excited about new linebacker coach, Tim Kelly, is Whitney Mercilus. When told that Kelly was promoted to the linebacker coach, it was all smiles from Mercilus. Kelly was instrumental in working with the inside linebackers while Mike Vrabel helped the outside group. Kelly, a former player, is well versed in the Texans defense and picking up where they left off last season.
One season is chalked up to the game but entering his second season, Larry Izzo has the target pointed at him to improve an inconsistent special teams group. The Texans like what Izzo brings from a mental standpoint to players but want him to clean up schemes for the special teams units.
For new offensive coach Wes Welker, expectations are to help out with the slot wide receivers and the returners. Welker’s main project is Braxton Miller and turning him into a player maker from the slot position. There is excitement with Welker’s addition and the knowledge he brings of the offense with the years he spent in New England with it.
Patriots’ Julian Edelman likes the idea of Welker coaching and he expects “Welk” to coach those guys up and help out the receivers become better players.
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