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When Eric Winston was cut and Mike Brisiel was allowed to slip out of the Texans' grasp in free agency, the media immediately attacked and claimed the Texans offensive line would go from being a strength of the team to possibly being a major weakness.
The truth, though, is that the Texans offensive line is much better off than it is depicted to be. Eric Winston was considered the weak link on the line last season, and for good reason. He was weak as a pass-blocker and obviously was the line's worst rush-blocker, as the majority of the contact Arian Foster sustained was from one of Winston's assignments.
Winston's replacement, Rashad Butler, has played as a starter in the NFL before (when Duane Brown served a four-game suspension), and while his play was not stellar, he showed he could eventually be successful in the zone blocking scheme.
Now with a full offseason to prepare for his new duties, Butler has reportedly been working as hard as he possibly could to make himself ready for the upcoming season. This is nothing but positive news for Texans fans, as Butler is going to be the primary concern on the offensive line heading into next season.
Antoine Caldwell, on the other hand, should have Texans fans much more relaxed. Caldwell, too, has experience as a starter in the NFL, the most recent example came when he replaced Brisiel at the end out last season and allowed Foster to rush for multiple 100-yard games.
Caldwell, in addition, has been competing for the starting right guard position with Brisiel throughout his whole career. And, in several cases, the only reason he did not win the job was because he suffered an untimely injury.
The Texans offensive line should be a concern for the media and fans alike for the upcoming season, but it should definitely not be a major weakness.