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Duane Brown — A
Backup DE Pannel Egboh had a couple of tackles, but Kamerion Wimberley went into the Witness Protection Program for the afternoon. Duane Brown can do that to you.
As a unit, the line gave up not a single sack on the day. Most of the line, particularly Brown, gets to share the glory.
Wade Smith — B+
Smith had his best game of the season, but the running backs failed to use his blocking to their benefit. The Texans could run to the left more often, but they risk becoming a little too predictable. Owen Daniels did position himself on that side of the line, though, to help confuse the coverage.
Chris Myers — B+
If their was another snafu similar to the blocking blunder that cost the Texans’ QB a chunk of his ear, it was not apparent this afternoon.
Starting MLB Colin McCarthy missed the game, so former teammate Zac Diles was on the other side of the line today. There was no time to reminisce as Myers kept Diles at bay for the majority of the game.
Ben Jones and Antoine Caldwell — B
This tandem adds up to one decent RG. Jones continued presence means not just depth for the position but a potential replacement if Caldwell does not get a new contact. The only mark against Jones was a declined holding call.
Caldwell was injured in the first half and did not return. His status was unknown prior to the posting of these grades.
Derek Newton — Inc.
Sorry, but I am going to have to wait for a snap count from Football Outsiders to see how much PT Newton had. As far as I can tell, it was next to nothing.
Ryan Harris — B+
The right side of the OL is heading towards a rotation system that is good for depth but limits the stability of the unit. Harris was once the best RT on the Broncos until injuries made him expendable. He has been a savvy pickup by GM Rick Smith and could supplant Newton as the season progresses.