March 18, 2018

Texans Roster Evaluation: Offensive Line

In this series, we look at current Houston Texans who are still on the roster and under contract. We look at their potential role with the new regime and what it could mean for the 2014 season. 


The Houston Texans offensive line struggled for portions of the season and it was tough to watch at times. With two spots on the starting offensive line possibly changing for the 2014 season, the group will still have three key parts ready to be cornerstones upfront for the offense.


Offensive Line

Duane Brown

Brown started the season off slow and that was due to weight loss that pushed his weight down to 303 lbs. His lighter weight caused issues for him to anchor against pass rushers and he was pushed around with ease. Throw in the fact he was dealing with turf toe majority of the season, Brown was still able to put together a pretty good overall season.

Adding close to 15 pounds by week seven, Brown’s play looked better on the field. He still had some struggles during the season and it showed in pass protection. Brown is still a top left tackle in the game and there should be no reason for concern moving forward for the 2013 Pro Bowl player.


Derek Newton

Derek Newton

Derek Newton

It was a down year for Newton at right tackle and it was tough to watch on game days with his constant struggles. There were too many penalties, sacks and quarterback hits to feel good about any part of Newton’s game this season. Majority of the times Newton looked over matched and struggled with his technique to keep rushers off the quarterback.

There was one good part of Newton’s game and that was his run blocking ability, and teamed with Brandon Brooks they cleared some holes. It is tough to be too hard on Newton, especially for the coaching staff to not get him out of the game last season when things looked rough. At some point the coaches have to help Newton and last season they did not. With Newton’s size there could be potential for him to move to a guard position for the 2014 season, but right tackle does not look like his future position.


Brennan Williams

It was tough to watch, the rookie in Williams go down with a knee injury in the second practice of rookie mini camp. To make matters worse he came back for the last week of training camp and was quickly placed on the injured reserve with the recurring knee issue. It took microfracture surgery to repair his knee and this started the long road back to the field. He was not running at the mid-point of the season, and his status for his recovery is all a question mark at this part of the off-season.

If Williams can prove he can get healthy, he has a chance to compete for the starting right tackle position. The key is getting him healthy, and at this moment Williams will be another question mark heading into the 2014 season.


Brandon Brooks

Brandon Brooks

Brandon Brooks

One of the few players who actually had an impressive 2013 season, Brooks did what he had to in his first full season as a starter. Brooks is a load at right guard, and he moved defensive lineman with ease. Still learning the position, seeing a player of his size being able to move like he does is impressive. There is still some work to do in being more consistent in his pass protection, but he showed signs of understanding what defenses were trying to do later in the season.

The growth of Brooks from his rookie season to his second year was a good step. He dropped his weight from 350 lbs. in his rookie season to 335 lbs. for this past season, and really focused on what he needed to do to be a consistent NFL player. Year three for the guard should be fun to watch on the interior of the offensive line.


Ben Jones

Jones has been a victim of being moved around too much especially being drafted to be center of the future. He has spot filled at left guard this past season, and that was after he took over the starting right guard position in 2012. He still struggles with majority of his game, and plays too high which defensive lineman take advantage of. His pass protection left something to be desired and moving people in the run game at the guard position was not a productive as it needed to be. Getting him settled in and learning one position is key for his development.



David Quessenbery

David Quessenbery

David Quessenberry

Another tough loss for the Texans during the first week of the season, Quessenberry was place on the injured reserve after breaking his foot in practice. Quessenberry was impressing in camp working at left guard and right tackle, and would have easily factored in during the season if he did not go down with his injury. A strong player with the ability to get to the second level, Quessenberry looks like his position of the future should be at left guard. With Wade Smith heading into free agency, the youngster could be penciled in as the starter for next season.


Chris Myers

One of the unsung players of this team, Myers is the leader of the offensive line. He still plays the center position at a high level, and his leadership will be needed in this transition period for the Texans. Myers can do it all on the field and he has been a key factor in the development in Brandon Brooks and will be the same for the new left guard in 2014.

Myers is the model of consistency as a player for the offense, and he is a core piece for the franchise heading into next year.


Cody White

White was on the 53 man roster all season and did not see one offensive snap all season. He can play both guard positions and center and has had very little playing time these past two seasons. It is hard to say what White will be this coming season, but he is a perfect fit for the zone scheme. A bit undersized at 303 lbs., White will have to prove himself to the new staff when camp arrives.


Alex Kupper

A late addition during the season, Kupper is a back up center for the team. There is little information on him to this point.



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