Entering this season, Pro Football Focus projected the Texans to have the worst offensive line in football. Through two weeks of the 2018 season, it’s been bad. Houston is ranked 31st under PFF’s metrics. The Texans are running the ball well straight ahead, but Deshaun Watson hasn’t been give enough time to throw (especially with Senio Kelemete having bad hands). Both Juli’en Davenport and Martinas Rankin get ripped around the edge.
Still, things should get better. Houston’s tackles are young and neither has started more than two games at the position they’re playing now. The guards are new free agents, and it takes time for a line to come together. Although it’s been bad, I’m optimistic the Texans’ offensive line play will get better. That’s all I have to say. Here’s what PFF has to say:
Left Tackle: Martinas Rankin, 49.7
Left Guard: Senio Kelemete, 54.2
Center: Nick Martin, 58.7
Right Guard: Zach Fulton, 70.5
Right Tackle: Julie’n Davenport, 55.9
The Texans’ offensive tackles cannot hold up one-on-one on the edge against any legitimate rusher, and coach Bill O’Brien knows it. They chipped as much as they feasibly could this past week, and Martinas Rankin and Julie’n Davenport still combined for 10 pressures allowed.