The Texans’ pass protection was bad last year. Deshaun Watson was the most pressured quarterback in football at 41.1%. Watson was sacked 65 times last season. This wasn’t all on the offensive line, tight ends and running backs missed blocks, and quarterbacks are important when it comes to pass protection as well, but, well, the offensive line was still a vital component in the furious pocket Watson had to play inside of. And in the run game, it wasn’t much better, they struggled to block the second level, and they ran a bunch of different types of run plays but weren’t really good at any of them.
This offseason they went to work to fix the offensive line by signing Matt Khalil, who will definitely start at left tackle his year, resigning Seantrel Henderson, who has never been good and hasn’t been healthy in three seasons, and drafting offensive line prospects Tytus Howard and Max Scharping, who have already been used all over the line of scrimmage as Houston tries to learn what to do with something they have no idea what to do with.
The offensive line will probably be bad again this year. Pro Football Focus agrees. This is what they had to say:
31. Houston Texans
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
Left Tackle: Julie’n Davenport
Left Guard: Senio Kelemete
Center: Nick Martin
Right Guard: Zach Fulton
Right Tackle: Tytus Howard
All things considered, the Houston Texans offensive line didn’t get much better on paper this offseason. Moves were made — including taking Howard (78.9) and Max Scharping (82.4) in the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft and signing veteran Matt Kalil, who missed all of 2018 with an injury — but until those players live up to expectations, the Texans remain the bottom of the barrel.