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NFL Report Card: Houston Texans


Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

Houston Texans v New York Giants

The Texans started the year off 2-7, but they pulled together to finish with a 9-7 record. The offense was missing a running back once Arian Foster went down hurt…again. They were also missing competent play dfrom the quarterback position, which seems to be a reoccurring theme for this organization. Even though they struggled at those two important positions, the offensive line played well, and DeAndre Hopkins showed he is one of the most gifted wide receivers in the NFL. If he can find someone to throw the ball to a place where he can actually catch in consistently, he could lead the league in receiving.

J.J. Watt and ten other guys played very will this season. Teams decided to double and triple team Watt constantly, so that opened the door for Clowney, Mercilus, and even Joseph in the secondary to step up. The defense as a whole gave up the third-least yards with only 310.2 per game. This is extremely impressive considering the position the offense constantly put them in.

Final Grade: B


Biggest Off-Season Need?

Their biggest need was clearly the quarterback position, but they just addressed this by signing Brock Osweiler to a deal worth $72M over four years. Time will only tell if he was worth that paycheck. The Texans also addressed the running back position by bringing in Lamar Miller with a four-year $26M deal. The offense looks much-improved with those two signings, so now I feel they need to switch their focus to defense and bring in a safety. If they can get solid play from the strong safety position, this team could make a deep run in the playoffs next year.

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