This offseason saw the Houston Texans make multiple additions to their offensive roster to hopefully avoid a repeat of last 12 months’s sub-par performances.
But based on CBS Sports, they still have one among the worst units within the NFL.
The CBS staff recently ranked each team’s offensive ‘triplets’ – quarterback, running back and wide receiver/tight end. The Texans got here in a lowly twenty ninth.
QB: Davis Mills RB: Marlon Mack WR: Brandin Cooks
Mills looked dreadful in his first stretch as a starter last 12 months, but showed great progress during his second stint. We do not yet know if he has the talent to be a long-term starter, but he earned a shot to prove he can do it. Mack was usurped in Indy by Jonathan Taylor but has shown he can run efficiently — if he gets good blocking. He likely won’t have it in Houston. Cooks is one among the league’s most underrated receivers, a man who just keeps producing 1,000-yard seasons despite coping with a bunch of injuries.
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Our view? “Dreadful” is harsh.
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Mills was thrown in unexpectedly as an injury alternative into an objectively weak offense. Not to say the indisputable fact that he was a rookie and only had 14 college games to his name.
Through his first seven games, Mills went 140 of 209 for 1,357 yards, seven touchdowns, and eight interceptions. By comparison, after sitting out for 3 weeks and taking a breather, Mills went 123 of 185 for 1,307 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions in his last six games.
Running back stays a matter mark. Mack stands out as the projected starter pre-training camp, but it surely would come as no surprise if by Week 1 rookie Dameon Pierce assumes that role. Mack is a proven commodity and when healthy can produce. Pierce is a player many are enthusiastic about who brings bundles of juice, had a consistent college profession, and whose powerful style should suit Pep Hamilton’s offense.
Cooks is the definition of underrated. He’s hit over 1,000 yards in six of his eight seasons – including two in as a few years in Houston. With Nico Collins entering 12 months two and rookie John Metchie III joining the fold, in theory, some pressure needs to be heading their approach to allow Cooks to flourish – especially if the run game gets going.
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It’s comprehensible that Houston would rank low provided that these Texans have not yet been put to many tests. But to put this group below the likes of Jared Goff’s Detroit Lions, and maybe even the 2 Recent York teams, is to us questionable – and makes us all of the more involved in watching what we imagine will likely be a Texans climb in departments like this.