Houston Texans Depth Chart 2018 Texans Depth Chart

11-5, 1st AFC South

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Houston came into 2018 with a very good roster, but injuries and depth started to show some holes. The Texans added Demaryius Thomas mid-season, trying to sure up some depth after Will Fuller went down with a season ending injury. Thomas eventually got injured, and Keke Coutee was banged up most of the year as well. DeAndre Hopkins of course took care of the WR1 spot, and was the durable player in Houston all year. Before the season began, Houston had some competition with Lamar Miller, but he held the top running spot the entire year. With D’Onte Foreman on the IR most of the season, Alfred Blue was the backup running back, and played a big part for Houston at times. Tight end has been a wasteland in Houston for a while now, but Ryan Griffin is the starting tight end. They are used more for blocking than receiving, so if you are looking for fantasy production it isn’t going to be there. After last season’s season-ending injury, Deshaun Watson managed to have to setback and played the entire season in full as the starter.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Gregory Howell Jr. G. H. Jr. (3)
67
#98 RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Deandre Carter D. Carter (4)
67
#164 WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Deandre Carter D. Carter (4)
67
#164 WR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Gregory Howell Jr. G. H. Jr. (3)
67
#98 RB
Skill Positions Depth Chart
Position POS
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
JACK Linebacker JACK
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor (2)
69
#87 OLB
WILL Linebacker WILL
73
#59 OLB
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi (3)
68
#91 OLB
MIKE Linebacker MIKE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
77
#29 FS
A.J. Moore A. Moore (2)
67
#54 FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Jermaine Kelly J. Kelly (2)
67
#203 CB
Left Defensive End LDE
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
JACK Linebacker JACK
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor (2)
69
#87 OLB
WILL Linebacker WILL
73
#59 OLB
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi (3)
68
#91 OLB
MIKE Linebacker MIKE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
77
#29 FS
A.J. Moore A. Moore (2)
67
#54 FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Jermaine Kelly J. Kelly (2)
67
#203 CB
Defense Depth Chart (3-4)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Nose Tackle NT
Right Defensive End RDE
JACK Linebacker JACK
WILL Linebacker WILL
MIKE Linebacker MIKE
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Position 1 2 3 4
Left Defensive End LDE DJ Reader D. Reader Angelo Blackson A. Blackson Joel Heath J. Heath
Nose Tackle NT Brandon Dunn B. Dunn
Right Defensive End RDE JJ Watt J. Watt Carlos Watkins C. Watkins
JACK Linebacker JACK Jadeveon Clowney J. Clowney Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor
WILL Linebacker WILL Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham Dylan Cole D. Cole Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi
MIKE Linebacker MIKE Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney
Strongside Linebacker SLB Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett
Left Cornerback LCB Johnathan Joseph J. Joseph Johnson Bademosi J. Bademosi
Strong Safety SS Tashaun Gipson T. Gipson Briean Boddy-Calhoun B. Boddy-Calhoun
Free Safety FS Justin Reid J. Reid A.J. Moore A. Moore
Right Cornerback RCB Aaron Colvin A. Colvin Jermaine Kelly J. Kelly

Offense Depth Chart Stats

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Lamar Miller L. Miller
86
RB 1 44.2 1 RB 1 44.2 1 35 25 163 6.5 16 1 210 973 97 5 4.6 69.5
D'Onta Foreman D. Foreman
77
RB 2 31 0 RB 2 31 0 2 2 28 14 20 1 7 -1 2 0 -0.1 -1
Gregory Howell Jr. G. H. Jr.
67
RB 3 0.2 0 RB 3 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WRs
Player Rating
DeAndre Hopkins D. Hopkins
92
Will Fuller W. Fuller
82
Keke Coutee K. Coutee
68
Deandre Carter D. Carter
67
Steven Mitchell Jr. S. M. Jr.
66
Vyncint Smith V. Smith
65
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
DeAndre Hopkins D. Hopkins
92
LWR 1 67.8 163 115 1572 70 13.7 49 11 1 -7 0 -7 -0.4
Will Fuller W. Fuller
82
RWR 2 53.6 45 32 503 70 15.7 73 4 0 0 0 0 0
Keke Coutee K. Coutee
68
SWR 3 44.5 41 28 287 70 10.2 40 1 3 0 0 0 0
Deandre Carter D. Carter
67
LWR 4 20.3 25 22 216 90 9.8 50 0 1 7 0 7 0.5
Steven Mitchell Jr. S. M. Jr.
66
WR 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vyncint Smith V. Smith
65
WR 6 25.6 10 5 91 50 18.2 35 1 0 0 0 0 0

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Houston Texans Texans
77
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Houston Texans
77
19.8 343.1 260.4 82.7 43 14 15
Special Teams Rating
Houston Texans Texans
74
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Houston Texans
74
0 0 0 0 0 0
Linebackers Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Jadeveon Clowney J. Clowney
89
JACK 1 60 47 19 1 0 1
Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney
79
MIKE 1 57.5 105 6 1 1 0
Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham
78
WILL 1 53.7 107 3.5 2 1 1
Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus
79
SLB 1 49.1 39 7.5 2 0 0
Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett
68
SLB 2 9 18 0.5 1 1 0
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor
69
JACK 2 13.2 9 1 0 0 0
Dylan Cole D. Cole
73
WILL 2 14.9 13 0 0 0 0
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi
68
WILL 3 2 13 0 0 0 0
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Ka'imi Fairbairn K. Fairbairn
75
PK 1 150 37 88.1 54 39 1 9 11 12 4
Punters Rating
Trevor Daniel T. Daniel
67
Punters Rating Depth Position
Trevor Daniel T. Daniel
67
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2018 Texans Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 vs JAX 20-3 W Deshaun Watson (QB), Lamar Miller (RB), DeAndre Hopkins (WR1), Deandre Carter (WR2), Ryan Griffin (TE), Senio Kelemete (G), Kendall Lamm (OT), Nick Martin (C), Julie'n Davenport (OT), Zach Fulton (G)
Week 16: 12/23/18 at PHI 30-32 L Deshaun Watson (QB), Alfred Blue (RB), Demaryius Thomas (WR1), DeAndre Hopkins (WR2), Jordan Akins (TE), Nick Martin (C), Zach Fulton (G), Martinas Rankin (OT), Kendall Lamm (OT), Julie'n Davenport (OT)
Week 15: 12/15/18 at NYJ 29-22 W Deshaun Watson (QB), Lamar Miller (RB), Deandre Carter (WR1), Demaryius Thomas (WR2), DeAndre Hopkins (WR3), Jordan Akins (TE), Kendall Lamm (OT), Zach Fulton (G), Senio Kelemete (G), Julie'n Davenport (OT), Nick Martin (C)
Week 14: 12/9/18 vs IND 21-24 L Deshaun Watson (QB), Lamar Miller (RB), DeAndre Hopkins (WR1), Demaryius Thomas (WR2), Ryan Griffin (TE), Kendall Lamm (OT), Nick Martin (C), Greg Mancz (C), Julie'n Davenport (OT), Senio Kelemete (G)
Week 13: 12/2/18 vs CLE 29-13 W Deshaun Watson (QB), Lamar Miller (RB), DeAndre Hopkins (WR1), Demaryius Thomas (WR2), Deandre Carter (WR3), Ryan Griffin (TE), Kendall Lamm (OT), Senio Kelemete (G), Julie'n Davenport (OT), Zach Fulton (G), Nick Martin (C)

Preseason Analysis: Texans Focusing on Health & Defense

Houston is going to potentially have a loaded offense with DeShaun Watson back in the mix after looking very good before the injury last season. Watson will still his same weapons this season, with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller being the main options. Houston went out and added a third receiver, Keke Coutee out of Texas Tech, who could jump into the slot. Tight ends come and go for Houston, and I can’t recall the last time a Houston tight end has been a volume guy in the passing game. Stephen Anderson is the more athletic guy with Ryan Griffin in the mix as well, but two rookie tight ends could make a push. While this season this will be an irrelevant position, it could indicate a more promising role down the line. Lamar Miller is still the lead dog in Houston, but D’Onta Freeman will put some pressure on him as he did last season. There could be some point in the future where Freeman overtakes Miller on the depth chart, especially if the inefficient volume games continue. 2018 should be a fun year in Houston, and adds to what should be a pretty competitive AFC South.

After a historical rookie campaign, cut short by an ACL injury, the Houston Texans Deshawn Watson looks to rise through the ashes as one of the top playmaking quarterbacks in the NFL. He must look to expand on the great performance he had, while exceeding it as new defensive schemes and game situations come into play with a full season going up against several teams knowing he is the nucleus. The highflying WR DeAndre Hopkins who is arguably the #1 WR in the NFL has carried this offense. George Godsey has been entrusted as the Offensive Coordinator for this upcoming season and for great reasons. His familiarity and understanding of Bill O'Brien and their relationship goes back to 2001. Godsey also has served as Quarterbacks coach under O'Brien since 2014. There is no other position more important than the QB, so serving as the Offensive Coordinator and play caller looks to fair well for the Texans. With a for sure #1 WR, Godsey and the Houston Texans offense have to enhance their #2 and #3 WR positions with a group that has only had one WR over 500 yards receiving. This will be a substantially improved bunch at years end as the Texans look to embark on a promising season filled with franchise record statistics with unlimited amounts of offensive fire power. This was the case during Watson's rookie campaign before it was cut short to injury, and can very well become the standard.

While head coach Bill O'Brien praised Watson's Hall of Fame skill and character, the Front Office also secured Hopkins with a new deal in the offseason, extended O'Brien's contract, and signed two draft picks TE Jordan Akins and WR Keke Coutee who are expected to contribute and add to Watson's bag of resources. Will Fuller adds depth to the WR corps but has not put up numbers to have an uncontested spot at #2. Sammie Coates was added in the offseason, and the WR room includes Braxton Miller, Bruce Ellington, and now Coutee. As for the running game, Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman make up the bulk of the rushing attack looking to excel as Lamar carried more of the load than Foreman. Foreman has stated that he "wants to be better" and knows he is likely #2 until his numbers speak otherwise. In today's game, a two back tandem is utilized more often to keep the tempo of the offense going, and offset the defenses with fatigue and formations. Miller and Foreman are essentially a 1 2 punch, while Foreman needs to bring more to the table.

J.J. Watt and Jadaveon Clowney both look to return to a defense that has ranked well over the past few years. In addition, D.J. Reader has set himself apart as one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the league. The front office also added to this top 10 ranked defense by drafting S Justin Reid, and signing big free agents in CB Aaron Colvin and the honey badger S Tyrann Mathieu. You can expect this defense to continue to be a force in the AFC South as they look to dethrone the New England Patriots in route to a road to the Super Bowl. Depth will be a big challenge for the defense as injury has already knocked the air out of three good runs to the playoffs in years past. Overall, expectations are high as the addition of Brad Seely as the new Special Teams Coordinator has lifted the meter of excellence in all three phases of the game. With a young MVP caliber QB looking to thrive at his peak with the league’s best offensive weapons like Hopkins; Houston's high powered offensive attack is coupled with a stout defense with a vicious front seven reliant on a healthy J.J. Watt, Clowney, and Reader. In addition, the top-flight secondary lead by Colvin and Mathieu looks to lead what could very be the best season in Houston Texans history for Bill Brien.