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Predict The Texans’ Next First-Time Pro Bowler

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A fun exercise to stretch the brain.

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Time keeps passing. The summer is flying by. Well, maybe not time, because it doesn’t exist, but regardless of time, the seasons change. As we howl through the dog days, the NFL schedule hits its quietest point. The time between mandatory mini-camp and training camp is a silent time, unless your favorite team is firing its general manager, being hit with tampering charges, and then deciding not to hire a GM anyways.

BUT usually, it’s a time for book reading and hurt feelings. No news. Cicadas and crickets. Fabricating content. Answering questions like this one: Who will be the Texans’ next first-time Pro Bowler?

The Texans currently have eight players who have been named to a Pro Bowl on their roster: J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Tashaun Gipson, Johnathan Joseph, Benardrick McKinney, and Lamar Miller. The other day, NFL.com posed this question. Here was Marc Sessler’s response for the Texans:

Justin Reid, S, second NFL season: Attached to a rough-and-tumble Texans defense, Reid offered a little bit of everything as a 12-game starter during his rookie year. He held his own in coverage as one of the AFC’s sure tacklers and lifted Houston with a handful of key turnovers, headlined by his 101-yard pick-six against the Redskins in Week 11. While Jamal Adams and Derwin James are favorites to return to the Pro Bowl -- three safeties make the roster for each conference -- Reid has forged a path as one of the game’s exciting young players at the position.

Reid is a fine answer. He’s a very good young safety, but there are many great safeties in the AFC, and usually only three get selected to the Pro Bowl.

For this season, for this year, I’d have to go with Will Fuller V. The Texans are going to play some great passing offenses and they are going to give up points. As much as it pains Bill O’Brien, Deshaun Watson is going to have to heave it deep for them to have a shot to stay in these games. This will lead to Fuller V getting plenty of opportunities to run really fast against single high coverage and make sliding end zone catches. All Fuller does with Watson on the field is catch touchdown passes. If Fuller stays healthy for ten games, he could put up a 1,200 yard/7 touchdown season, which is usually good enough to get into the imaginary game.

Who’s your pick? Make a trip to Iowa and vote in the poll below.

Poll

Who Will Be The Texans’ Next First Time Pro Bowler?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Zach Fulton
    (20 votes)
  • 5%
    Zach Cunningham
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    Bradley Roby
    (2 votes)
  • 14%
    Justin Reid
    (90 votes)
  • 1%
    Trevor Daniel
    (8 votes)
  • 10%
    Will Fuller V
    (69 votes)
  • 22%
    Keke Coutee
    (141 votes)
  • 39%
    Whitney Mercilus
    (250 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (16 votes)
634 votes total Vote Now