Houston Texans Depth Chart 2020 Houston Texans Depth Chart

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12:20 am GMT , 9/11

The Houston Texans depth chart took a step backward over the offseason as they lost their top wideout, DeAndre Hopkins, and traded him for a running back. While David Johnson is a sound running back, the trade-off was not worth it and they filled Hopkins role with Brandin Cooks. The receiving core is now a set of three vertical threats in Cooks, Will Fuller, and Kenny Stills. They also continue to not add a legitimate receiving tight end threat as Jordan Akins and Darren Fells are afterthoughts in the offense. Duke Johnson will once again be the RB2 on the roster, despite producing on minimum touches since coming into the league.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Buddy Howell B. Howell (4)
67
#305 RB
Wide Receiver WR
Wide Receiver WR
76
#112 WR
Isaiah Coulter I. Coulter (3)
67
#555 WR
Tight End TE
Wide Receiver WR
Tight End TE
Wide Receiver WR
76
#112 WR
Isaiah Coulter I. Coulter (3)
67
#555 WR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Buddy Howell B. Howell (4)
67
#305 RB
Skill Positions Depth Chart

Defense Depth Chart

Defensive End DE
Defensive Tackle DT
Ross Blacklock R. Blacklock (2)
67
#232 DT
Defensive End DE
Inside Linebacker LB
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor (2)
72
#126 LB
Davin Bellamy D. Bellamy (3)
68
#377 LB
Jarron Jones J. Jones (4)
67
#271 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Middle Linebacker LB
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi (2)
68
#377 LB
70
#266 LB
Austin Johnson A. Johnson (4)
70
#266 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Jacob Martin J. Martin (2)
68
#377 LB
Jonathan Greenard J. Greenard (3)
67
#271 LB
Chris Landrum C. Landrum (4)
67
#478 LB
Left Cornerback CB
A.J. Moore A. Moore (4)
67
#386 CB
Strong Safety S
Free Safety S
Jonathan Owens J. Owens (4)
69
#8 S
Right Cornerback CB
Keion Crossen K. Crossen (2)
69
#241 CB
Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong (4)
69
#241 CB
Defensive End DE
Defensive Tackle DT
Ross Blacklock R. Blacklock (2)
67
#232 DT
Defensive End DE
Inside Linebacker LB
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor (2)
72
#126 LB
Davin Bellamy D. Bellamy (3)
68
#377 LB
Jarron Jones J. Jones (4)
67
#271 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Middle Linebacker LB
Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi (2)
68
#377 LB
70
#266 LB
Austin Johnson A. Johnson (4)
70
#266 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Jacob Martin J. Martin (2)
68
#377 LB
Jonathan Greenard J. Greenard (3)
67
#271 LB
Chris Landrum C. Landrum (4)
67
#478 LB
Left Cornerback CB
A.J. Moore A. Moore (4)
67
#386 CB
Strong Safety S
Free Safety S
Jonathan Owens J. Owens (4)
69
#8 S
Right Cornerback CB
Keion Crossen K. Crossen (2)
69
#241 CB
Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong (4)
69
#241 CB
Defense Depth Chart (3-4)
Position POS
Defensive End DE
Defensive Tackle DT
Defensive End DE
Inside Linebacker LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Middle Linebacker LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Left Cornerback CB
Strong Safety S
Free Safety S
Right Cornerback CB
Position 1 2 3 4
Defensive End DE Angelo Blackson A. Blackson Charles Omenihu C. Omenihu Ira Lewis I. Lewis
Defensive Tackle DT Eddie Vanderdoes E. Vanderdoes Ross Blacklock R. Blacklock Auzoyah Alufohai A. Alufohai
Defensive End DE JJ Watt J. Watt Brandon Dunn B. Dunn Carlos Watkins C. Watkins
Inside Linebacker LB Whitney Mercilus W. Mercilus Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor Davin Bellamy D. Bellamy Jarron Jones J. Jones
Outside Linebacker LB Zach Cunningham Z. Cunningham Dylan Cole D. Cole Tyrell Adams T. Adams
Middle Linebacker LB Benardrick McKinney B. McKinney Peter Kalambayi P. Kalambayi Nate Hall N. Hall Austin Johnson A. Johnson
Outside Linebacker LB Brennan Scarlett B. Scarlett Jacob Martin J. Martin Jonathan Greenard J. Greenard Chris Landrum C. Landrum
Left Cornerback CB Gareon Conley G. Conley Lonnie Johnson Jr. L. Johnson Jr. Phillip Gaines P. Gaines A.J. Moore A. Moore
Strong Safety S Michael Thomas M. Thomas Shalom Luani S. Luani
Free Safety S Justin Reid J. Reid Eric Murray E. Murray Jaylen Watkins J. Watkins Jonathan Owens J. Owens
Right Cornerback CB Bradley Roby B. Roby Keion Crossen K. Crossen Anthony Chesley A. Chesley Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong

Last Week's Texans Starting Lineup

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Fumbles Targets Yards Long TD YPC YPG Attempts Receptions Yards YPC Long TD
Running Back Taiwan Jones T. Jones
71
RB 1 0 0 Receiving 1 14 14 0 14 14 Rushing 0 1 0 0 0 0
Running Back Carlos Hyde C. Hyde
76
RB 2 0 0 Receiving 4 18 10 0 6 18 Rushing 13 3 44 3.4 7 0
Running Back Cullen Gillaspia C. Gillaspia
71
RB 3 0 0 Receiving 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rushing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Running Back Gregory Howell Jr. G. Howell Jr.
67
RB 4 0 0 Receiving 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rushing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Running Back Duke Johnson D. Johnson
80
RB 5 0 0 Receiving 8 23 9 0 4.6 23 Rushing 1 5 11 11 11 0
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Wide Receiver Will Fuller W. Fuller
85
WR 1 0 Receiving 8 5 89 60 17.8 39 0 Rushing 0 0 0 0 0
Wide Receiver Kenny Stills K. Stills
79
WR 2 0 Receiving 6 3 80 50 26.7 54 1 Rushing 0 0 0 0 0
Wide Receiver Deandre Carter D. Carter
67
WR 3 0 Receiving 1 1 17 100 17 17 0 Rushing 0 0 0 0 0
Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins D. Hopkins
96
WR 4 0 Receiving 14 9 118 60 13.1 38 0 Rushing 0 0 0 0 0
OL
Player Rating
Greg Mancz G. Mancz
67
Max Scharping M. Scharping
75
Laremy Tunsil L. Tunsil
87
Nick Martin N. Martin
71
Roderick Johnson R. Johnson
67
Chris Clark C. Clark
67
Zach Fulton Z. Fulton
75
Offensive Line Stats
Player Rating Depth Position Snaps
Offensive Line Greg Mancz G. Mancz
67
OL 1 0
Offensive Line Max Scharping M. Scharping
75
OL 2 0
Offensive Line Laremy Tunsil L. Tunsil
87
OL 3 0
Offensive Line Nick Martin N. Martin
71
OL 4 0
Offensive Line Roderick Johnson R. Johnson
67
OL 5 0
Offensive Line Chris Clark C. Clark
67
OL 6 0
Offensive Line Zach Fulton Z. Fulton
75
OL 7 0

2019 Texans Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week Playoffs: 1/12/20 at KC 31-51 L Deshaun Watson (QB), Carlos Hyde (RB), Will Fuller (WR1), DeAndre Hopkins (WR2), Keke Coutee (WR3), Darren Fells (TE), Zach Fulton (G), Roderick Johnson (OT), Tytus Howard (G), Nick Martin (C), Laremy Tunsil (OT)
Week Playoffs: 1/4/20 vs BUF 22-19 W Deshaun Watson (QB), Carlos Hyde (RB), Deandre Carter (WR1), DeAndre Hopkins (WR2), Will Fuller (WR3), Darren Fells (TE), Senio Kelemete (G), Laremy Tunsil (OT), Seantrel Henderson (OT), Zach Fulton (G), Nick Martin (C)
Week 17: 12/29/19 vs TEN 14-35 L AJ McCarron (QB), Carlos Hyde (RB), Steven Mitchell Jr. (WR1), Deandre Carter (WR2), Jordan Thomas (TE), Nick Martin (C), Max Scharping (G), Roderick Johnson (OT), Chris Clark (OT), Zach Fulton (G)
Week 16: 12/21/19 at TB 23-20 W Deshaun Watson (QB), Carlos Hyde (RB), Kenny Stills (WR1), Will Fuller (WR2), DeAndre Hopkins (WR3), Darren Fells (TE), Laremy Tunsil (OT), Nick Martin (C), Max Scharping (G), Zach Fulton (G), Chris Clark (OT)
Week 15: 12/15/19 at TEN 24-21 W Deshaun Watson (QB), Carlos Hyde (RB), DeAndre Hopkins (WR1), Will Fuller (WR2), Darren Fells (TE), Max Scharping (G), Laremy Tunsil (OT), Chris Clark (OT), Nick Martin (C), Zach Fulton (G)

How does the WR position shake out for the Texans this year?

As of now, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are etched into the two corners. Keke Coutee has the starting slot spot. Hopkins was second overall in all of the NFL last year with 1,572 receiving yards and 5th overall with 11 receiving touchdowns. Behind the front line of receivers is Deandre Carter and Vincent Smith on the outsides and Isaac Whitney in the slot. Between the three of them, they share a total of five years of experience. They're young and relatively inexperienced, and frankly nothing too special. Houston has a solid group of starting wide receivers, but they had better hope they can all stay healthy, as they haven't put too many eggs in the 'wide receiver depth' basket. After enduring a season ending injury last year, Will Fuller's health becomes a very important factor in determining how successful Houston is on offense this year.

What does running back depth look like behind Miller?

Lamar Miller was tied for 11th overall in rushing yards at 973 in the 2018 season. On 210 attempts, he averaged 4.6 yards per carry. The way these numbers shake out, Miller is an incredibly solid RB1, but who's behind him? RB2 is currently Duke Johnson Jr. who spent the last four years on the Browns. At 25 years old, he's in what many would call a running back's prime and had a solid season as RB2 on the Browns last year. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 40 attempts. Behind Johnson is Karan Higdon who the Texans signed out of Michigan in the offseason after he went undrafted. Unless some miracle is in the works, it seems like Higdon will be a last resort guy as there's likely a reason he made it through the 2019 NFL Draft without hearing his name called.

How does the cornerback position look for Houston this season?

Jonathan Joseph and Briean Boddy-Calhoun currently make up the two starting corners for the Texans this year. They're solid, but don't seem to get put the pressure the Texans are truly wishing they would on opposing WRs. It seems like the Texans went and prioritized thhe linebacker position mores than CB, which isn't inherently bad, but it could mean some missed opportunities on big plays this season. Behind Joseph and Boddy-Calhoun are Aaron Colvin and Johnson Bademosi. In all honesty, aside from Jonathan Joseph, the other 3 corners mentioned seem to be pretty interchangeable. I wouldn't be surprised to see Houston changing up starters during the season based on in-season performance, as it doesn't really feel like anyone has a cemented spot at the position.