With one more game left on the schedule for Houston, and already eliminated from postseason contention, will 2022 be any different for the Texans?
1. The Draft
The Texans have been eliminated from postseason contention, and by doing this they currently hold the third overall pick in the upcoming draft behind the Detroit Lions(1) and Jacksonville Jaguars(2). With the draft coming up in two months, what do the Texans need to do to set themselves up for success in 2022?
-Defensive Line. The Texans rank 30th in total defense, and their defensive line is a big reason why. The Texans have the fifth-lowest amount of sacks this season with 31. The Texans struggle to put any pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but there is hope with Oregon Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux being one of the top D-Lineman in the draft. With the third overall pick, the chances of Houston drafting Thibodeaux are pretty high.
-Running Back. Houston this season has struggled mightily running the ball. They average roughly 3.4 yards per rush and only have eight rushing touchdowns which are tied with the New York Giants for lowest in the NFL. If Houston wants to get better offensively next season, adding some depth to the Runningback position is a must.
The Texans have nine picks in this year’s draft including a first-round pick, their first since 2019. Nick Caserio has shown that he’ll do what’s necessary to make his team better, so expect a great draft from Houston.
2. Offseason Frenzy
This upcoming Free Agency class is loaded with defense with names like Tyran Mathieu, Calais Cambell, Von Miller, and others. If the Texans play their cards right, they could build a great defense. General Manager Nick Caserio did well last offseason with making moves and will look to make a splash this go around.
The defense should be the main concern for the Texans this offseason, especially in the AFC South with the likes of Jonathan Taylor with the Colts and Derrick Henry and A.J Brown with the Titans. Depending on what the legal status is of Deshaun Watson will more than likely have some impact on what the Texans do during the off-season.
The Texans have the potential to be great next season, and with a GM who has shown he’ll do what it takes to build a winning franchise, the Texans have lots of optimism going into 2022. So while missing the playoffs this year and possibly finishing with a 4-13 record is bad, things could change fast for the Texans.
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