The Houston Texans have seemingly flown under the radar so far in the build up to the 2015 NFL season.
The Texans have an ersatz quarterback battle going on between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, while they try and overcome the loss of veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson with rookie Jaelen Strong and an improving DeAndre Hopkins.
There have been improvements on the defensive side of the ball, however, with Houston persuading former New England Patriots star Vince Wilfork to make the move to Texas. But all isn't well on the Texans defensive line, despite their immense collection of talent.
The Texans spent the first overall pick in 2014 on Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus number one pick out of South Carolina who starred not just for the Gamecocks but at the Scouting Combine as well.
Clowney was a safe bet, a talented pass rusher with exceptional physical tools who was just too good to pass up on and let another team have a player with real Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro potential down the line.
However, things rarely go as planned in the National Football League, and Clowney struggled through his entire rookie season thanks to a series of injuries that kept him out for the majority of the Texans campaign, playing in just four games.
But the Texans are expecting much more from Clowney this year. Houston coach Bill O’Brien spoke to the teams official website and said that Clowney has made sufficient progress from microfracture knee surgery that he is expected to be on the field for Week One.
“I think he’s gonna be there for the opening game against Kansas City,” O’Brien said. “I think he’s going to make it back, and I’m really looking forward to that. He’s working very hard to get back.”
It's becoming increasingly more possible that Houston could have one of the best front sevens in football if they can get everyone healthy. J.J Watt is the best defensive player in the entire league, while Jared Crick, Whitney Mercilus, Brian Cushing, the aforementioned Wilfork and rookie second-round draft pick Benardrick McKinney can all be very good players for Houston in 2015.
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