Do the Texans have as bright of a future as we believe? The Texans are currently on a downward path to becoming one of the worst teams in the league. I would say THE worst team in the league but I can’t even compare this team to the Browns or 49ers, it's not right. This team has been plagued by injuries all throughout and even lost their best players on BOTH sides of the balls. Now, Clowney may be emerging as the Texans best defender (I think we all know Watt’s body is going to take a toll after these injuries), I still want to place JJ as the face of the defense due to his impact even when he’s not filling up the stat sheet.
This group has faced an offensive blow to multiple linemen, wide receivers, Tight Ends, Running Backs and of course the face of the franchise… Deshaun Watson. It hurts knowing the two-future dual threat combo of Watson and Foreman will have to wait a season, maybe it was for the best? We are now able to let our rookies and younger guys play and develop the experience they need to actually provide meaningful minutes to the team- something this team has died for all year when somebody goes out. It doesn’t help that the defense also suffered its fair share of blows, such as losing Watt and Merci, and even losing Bouye to the Jags most likely hurt them the most (in the sense that Kevin Johnson is best when he’s 100% but injuries suffered have been taking a toll on his speed and has been pushed back). I think this team is primed for the future, just looking at the average age of our team, they are ranked 3rd youngest in the NFL. That is shocking for a team who hasn’t had to tank for a while, or even truly tank and made the playoffs. Think of the Browns and the other bad teams, the Texans are just on par with them as far as age, and this means great things for this franchise. Everyone will make their contributions, but the team needs experience. These injuries could help this team in the long run later next year, but it’s too close to call.
Rick Smith has done a fantastic job with young talent. While he may need to fill some holes in the offseason, the Texans have the money to spend. It’ll all start after the draft, which the Texans do not own their top two picks too, but will have many conditional picks and late picks for trades they have made.