Houston Texans Depth Chart 2021 Houston Texans Depth Chart

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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

Running Back RB
Wide Receiver WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Wide Receiver WR
Wide Receiver WR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Wide Receiver WR

Defense Depth Chart

Defensive End DE
Derek Rivers D. Rivers (2)
69
#118 DE
Defensive End DE
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor (2)
71
#80 DE
Outside Linebacker LB
Jacob Martin J. Martin (3)
72
#85 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Tae Davis T. Davis (4)
67
#144 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Left Cornerback CB
Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong (3)
67
#134 CB
A.J. Moore A. Moore (4)
67
#134 CB
Free Safety S
Jonathan Owens J. Owens (2)
67
#3 S
Right Cornerback CB
Keion Crossen K. Crossen (3)
71
#106 CB
Defensive End DE
Derek Rivers D. Rivers (2)
69
#118 DE
Defensive End DE
Duke Ejiofor D. Ejiofor (2)
71
#80 DE
Outside Linebacker LB
Jacob Martin J. Martin (3)
72
#85 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Tae Davis T. Davis (4)
67
#144 LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Left Cornerback CB
Cornell Armstrong C. Armstrong (3)
67
#134 CB
A.J. Moore A. Moore (4)
67
#134 CB
Free Safety S
Jonathan Owens J. Owens (2)
67
#3 S
Right Cornerback CB
Keion Crossen K. Crossen (3)
71
#106 CB
Defense Depth Chart (3-4)
Position POS
Defensive End DE
Defensive Tackle DT
Defensive End DE
Outside Linebacker LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Middle Linebacker LB
Outside Linebacker LB
Left Cornerback CB
Strong Safety S
Free Safety S
Right Cornerback CB

Houston Texans Depth Chart FAQ

It was an eventful offseason for the Houston Texans, and that doesn't necessarily mean it was a good one. Trading DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson was a questionable move, as they replaced him with Brandin Cooks. The receiving core in Houston is fragile, as Will Fuller, Cooks, and Randall Cobb have all battled injuries over the last few seasons. Defensively they have struggled after a few years of dominance. With a lack of draft picks, they have not been able to get back to the same level they were a few seasons back. The upcoming season is going to fall on the shoulders of Deshaun Watson to make plays with minimal talent.

Who Replaced DeAndre Hopkins?

With the Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins away to Arizona, it left a large number of targets up for grabs. Houston brought in Brandin Cooks as the name who will see a lot of targets, but they will also rely on Randall Cobb.

What Position Does JJ Watt Play?

JJ Watt is a defensive end and one of the better ones in the NFL. He has had a lethal pass-rush but has also struggled with injuries later in his career—Watt lines up mostly on the right side.

Who Are The Texans Wide Receivers?

The Texans wide receivers after the DeAndre Hopkins trade are Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, and Randall Cobb. These are the starting names while they have Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee as backup options for when those names miss time with injuries.

Does Duke Johnson Start?

Despite having strong numbers when used and producing big seasons at Miami, Duke Johnson has never been a full-blown starter in the NFL. He will sit behind David Johnson again, and be used as a change of pace back and on passing downs.

Who Backs Up Deshaun Watson?

Houston is playing with fire as they have AJ McCarron backing up Deshaun Watson. Given the offensive line play and Watson already suffering a major injury, McCarron being the backup would lead to a lost season if Watson was to miss time.

Who Replaced Carlos Hyde?

Carlos Hyde left Houston after two years, and David Johnson will be the starting lineup. Johnson came over in the trade from Arizona, where he struggled for the second half of 2019 and lost his job to Kenyan Drake. He will try and rebound for 2020.