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NFL 2021: 4 Texans players to watch out for next season

Houston Texans fans had a tough time last season and many people believe that things will be even worse next time around.

The appointment of NFL veteran David Culley as head coach was arguably underwhelming, although he could turn out to be the safe pairs of hands the Texans need right now.

Most NFL betting lines rate the Texans as huge underdogs to reach the Super Bowl next season and their viewpoint is difficult to argue with.

However, the players will be eager to prove that they have what it takes to compete in the NFL. We look at four Texans players to keep an eye on next season.

Phillip Lindsay

Signing Lindsay as a free agent could prove to be an inspired piece of business if he can rediscover the form he showed for the Denver Broncos in 2018 and 2019.

The running back posted successive 1,000 yard plus seasons for the Broncos, but injuries limited his impact last year.

A $3.25 million deal for one year represents a bargain in the current market and could be a win-win situation for both parties.

The Texans get a quality player for a competitive price, while Lindsay has the chance to prove that he is worthy of a bigger salary from 2022 onwards.

Laremy Tunsil

Tunsil has proved to be a solid acquisition for the Texans since joining in 2019 and much will be expected of him again next season.

The 26-year-old has allowed just five sacks during his two seasons in Houston and the offensive unit is better when he is on the field.

Despite his efforts, the Texans finished last season with a 4-12 record and Tunsil will need some assistance if they are to improve on that in 2021.

If the Texans can find the right blend to support Tunsil, it is not unreasonable to think that he could have his best season to date in Houston.

David Johnson

Johnson failed to deliver what was expected of him in 2020 and the upcoming campaign is very much a break-or-break season for the 29-year-old.

During five seasons with Arizona Cardinals he rushed for more than 1,000 yards just once, but showed glimpses of that form for the Texans last season.

Johnson made 147 rushes for 691 yards and six touchdowns, and will be tasked with topping the four-digit barrier in 2021.

If Lindsay and Johnson can find their feet, the Texans are more than capable of causing teams plenty of problems next term.

Justin Reid

Reid is likely to be a key component of the Texans’ new-look defensive unit next season, and he will be keen to put a disappointing year behind him.

The 24-year-old has shown flashes of his potential with the Texans during his first three seasons with the club, but must show more consistency in 2021.

Lovie Smith has been tasked with fixing the Texans’ leaky defence and Reid is expected to be central to the system he implements.

With three seasons under his belt Reid knows what the NFL is all about and its now time for him to start delivering the goods for Houston.