The Texans have used three different offensive line combinations through three weeks. They’ve spent their time wiggling around to try and find the best group they can field, and maybe they finally landed on it with Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Max Scharping at left guard, Nick Martin at center, Zach Fulton at right guard, and Tytus Howard at right tackle. Who knows with this team? Who knows what they’ll do next week?
That didn’t stop Pro Football Focus from ranking the NFL’s offensive lines through the first three weeks of the season. This is what PFF had to say:
28. HOUSTON TEXANS
Highest-Graded Offensive Lineman: C Nick Martin, 70.2
We’re only three games in, but the Texans look far from a total liability at this point. Laremy Tunsil has been a stalwart with a 75.3 pass-blocking grade so far and the line had a different feel this past week with Max Scharping in the lineup at left guard. He earned a 64.7 overall grade in his first start there after Tytus Howard struggled earlier in the season.
From our end, over here in Texans Land, I don’t know what to say. I’m kind of flabbergasted Martin has graded higher than Tunsil or Fulton, but it probably says more about the weight of negative plays and not enough about how Tunsil has helped the left guard or how Fulton has saved Martin in the run game. Regardless, Houston’s offensive line should grade better three weeks from now. It’ll be riveting to see how the kids do moving forward, and Tunsil has been a pleasure to watch.
For the first time since 2016, the Texans appear to have a competent offensive line.