Now that the NFL Draft is in the books, we've entered that weird part of the NFL calendar where people try to take stock of what each team has done with its offseason. That naturally leads to grading or ranking offseason performance, because what else are we gonna do?
How have your Houston Texans performed since the Broncos beat the Panthers to win it all back in February? Exceptionally well, according to at least one outlet. As in, so great that there's only one team in the entire league that's done better. Nate Davis of USA Today writes:
2. Houston Texans: The J.J. Watt-led defense is as stout as ever. But a plodding offense was injected with speed during free agency (RB Lamar Miller) and the draft (WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller). If new franchise face QB Brock Osweiler can quickly assimilate with a team that won nine games apiece the last two years despite often-shoddy quarterback play, the Texans could be poised to do something special.
It's a good thing for the NFC that the top two teams in these rankings are in the AFC. Otherwise, we'd surely be headed for a Texans-Jaguars Super Bowl. With Super Bowl LI being held right here in Houston, you'd have to figure the Texans would have the edge in that theoretical championship game that can never be played.