The Houston Texans plan on using their defense to win close games in 2015, as they move on from their franchise wide receiver and made a temporary move at the quarterback position.
The Texans are moving on from Andre Johnson, who was released March 9th. After being drafted in 2003, Johnson played 12 seasons with the Texans, starting 169 of a possible 160 games, catching over 1,000 passes for over 13,500 yards and 64 touchdowns. Houston is also moving on from quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum, who were both dealt in separate deals.
They’re moving on with Brian Hoyer, who started the majority of last season with the Cleveland Browns. After a successful 2013, Hoyer struggled mightily in 2014 and was benched for quarterback Johnny Manziel. Houston believes a change of scenery will have Hoyer playing like it is 2013 again.
Returning to the team is cornerback Kareem Jackson, offensive tackle Derek Newton and inside linebacker Akeem Dent. Houston signed safety Rahim Moore from the Denver Broncos, and their biggest move, literally and figuratively, was signing ex-New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
The Houston Texans plan to wreak havoc with their defensive line with two-time (2012, 2014) NFL Defensive Player of the Year J. J. Watt, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft Jadeveon Clowney (missed entire 2014 season) and Wilfork. The Texans arguably have the best defensive line in the NFL.
Aside from DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver, Houston recently signed Cecil Shorts for the same position. The Texans are thin at wide receiver, and still have to improve the depth. The Texans have the No. 16 pick in the NFL Draft, who will be looking at defensive tackle depth or linebacker help.
Houston Texans tickets should be reasonable throughout the year, with expectations that the Indianapolis Colts will win the division again. They will be in the hunt for a wildcard spot if Hoyer finds consistency and Arian Foster stays healthy. Watt and Clowney will be worth the price of admission, and Hipmunk.com will get you to the gate at NRG Stadium. Hipmunk offers flights to Houston, including $84 and up Houston hotels that will have you in the middle of the fourth biggest city in the United States.
Anything is possible with a strong running game and a great defense. The Texans will find themselves in many close games and with a few lucky bounces of the football, the Texans will find themselves in the postseason where anything can happen.