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The Houston Texans Are Ready To Shock The NFL World

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The Houston Texans are a team that has periodically displayed success in the NFL. Although, the cycle of mediocrity might be coming to a end after the moves made in the off-season.

A keynote to Houston‘s success in the prior years of the franchise is their defense, especially JJ Watt, three-time NFL Defensive Player of The Year. Consistently, Watt has held together a shaky offense, which has never once had a true reliable quarterback.

Although much has changed since the 2015 season. The Texans finished the year with a 9-7 record, finishing first in the AFC South, only to stumble against the Chiefs in a wild-card game.

Several transactions have been made to strengthen this team, hopefully taking it to a new level.

The first and arguably most risky of those being the acquisition of QB Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos. Osweiler has only started seven NFL games. In those games, he threw for 1,967 yards and he had 10 touchdowns.

For only having that as proof of success, Osweiler cashed out, winning a $72 million dollar contract for four years.

It is clear that the Texans needed more talent on offense. The signing on paper  of Osweiler seems like a bold move but it is evident he can play on big stages with massive amounts of pressure. Being beloved Peyton Manning‘s backup is not a low-stress job.

Another key to success on offense would be the acquisition of running back Lamar Miller. Although Miller has struggled in the past with Miami, rushing for only 250 yards and having one touchdown last season, he plans to have more opportunity in Houston.

The Texans are presumably using Miller to fill the void that was once occupied by Arian Foster.

“I’m just looking forward to this opportunity here with the Texans. I’m looking forward to the challenge” Miller said during an interview.

Although it is clear that Miller had difficulties in Miami, the environment to thrive in Houston is there. The Dolphins had an offensive line that is nothing short of awful. Miami ranked 32nd overall (29th in pass protection, 32nd in run blocking) in Pro Football Focus‘ review of each NFL offensive line. The upgraded line and fresh young Osweiler will hopefully bring renewal to the Texans offense.

In addition to the off-season signings and the draft, the Texans also added to the offense. The 21st pick of the 1s was WR Will Fuller from Notre Dame, who had modest success in college and is a burner.

Fuller and the Texans agreed to a contract worth $10.2 million. Fuller had the fastest 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine, clocking a 4.32, as well as only clocking nine drops in each of his last two seasons at Notre Dame.

With a stronger, faster and younger offense, it is obvious that fans are anticipating this Texans team to be one of the NFL‘s biggest surprises in 2016. With players like Osweiler, Miller, and Fuller, the odds are in their favor, as this team will be a top contender this next season.