March 22, 2018

Risers Out of Texans OTAs

The Houston Texans wrapped up OTAs last week and head to Mandatory-Mini Camp on Tuesday which will open some more headlines for the coming week. Watching ten days of OTAs, the Texans put in some work and there was plenty to see and it was time spent that really helped the passing and coverage portions of the team.

The Texans worked to install their offense, defense and special teams and a decent gauge could be put on where the team is in certain portions of their team. Not much could be taken from the trenches and the running game for the team with zero contact allowed.

Focus was pushed to the back half of the defense and the passing attack of the offense.  With that said, we put together some risers coming out of OTAs.

*Note there will be no trench players on the list




Wide Receivers to the Front

DeVier Posey

DeVier Posey

The group is talented but lacks NFL experience but the veteran presence of Mike Thomas really showed and looks like he has a realistic shot of being an important piece of the offense for the 2014 season. Add in second year wide receiver Alan Bonner, a slot wide receiver position that had questions coming into OTAs looks to have two viable options for Bill O’Brien’s offense.

Also not to be overlooked is the work that DeVier Posey has been able to put in with the absence of Andre Johnson and he is doing what is needed to learn this offense and gain the trust  of the offensive staff. He has been a reliable target for the quarterbacks and has been working at the top of the wide receiver depth chart during OTAs. Posey is turning into a better insurance policy for the Texans if things go sour with Johnson.


The Rookie Quarterback Impresses

Expectations are mixed with rookie quarterback Tom Savage with not expecting too much from him until you see him unload the football. His skills are evident and collectively he is the most talented of the quarterback group and he shows it in controlled situations during practice.

Savage has the arm strength to make it happen but catching him up mentally is what the team is focusing on moving forward. If Savage can catch up on the playbook and what it takes to play at the NFL level, he could easily be in the discussion for more than just the backup quarterback position.


Familiar With the System 

Kendrick Lewis

Kendrick Lewis

Safety Kendrick Lewis arrived to Houston to reunite with Romeo Crennel and he has immediately been a leader for the Texans. No doubt it helps that he knows the defensive system and what Crennel looks for but he is a much more athletic piece for the secondary than expected.

Slowed by a shoulder injury the past few seasons, Lewis’ play dipped after Crennel left the Chiefs. Lewis looks rejuvenated and ready to put his past few seasons behind him and become the secondary leader for the Texans.


Pushing For a Bigger Role

Cornerback A.J. Bouye was a surprise for the Texans last season when he turned a rookie free agent deal into a 53 man roster spot in 2013 and he looks much more ready for the NFL in 2014. A new diet and focus on football specific drills, Bouye has been a nice boundary cornerback for the Texans in OTAs. With Johnathan Joseph and Brandon Harris missing time during OTAs, Bouye has filled in and made a solid impression on secondary coach John Butler.

Bouye has the frame to cover bigger receivers on the outside and his ball skills are underrated in the sense he just has the instincts to understand when the ball is intended for his receiver. Bouye’s development could be a nice boost for a secondary looking for some quality depth compared to previous seasons.


Educated Risk on Alfred Blue

Alfred Blue

Alfred Blue

The Texans took a chance late on running back Alfred Blue and despite a torn ACL in the middle of his college career, Blue has low mileage for a running back coming out of college (averaged 52 carries a year at LSU).

Blue fits the mold that O’Brien has been preaching with versatility and most impressive is his pass catching ability out of the backfield. He has hands like a receiver and his running style is smooth when he gets the ball in open field.

If he is the future of the Texans running back position, he looks like he could be a nice compliment sooner than later for the offense. More will be known when camp arrives if he can run inside the tackles, but he looks like he can at the least help as a pass catching threat for the Texans.

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