The first round of the Houston Texans' organized team activities (OTAs) had a Dickensian quality to them. Rather than being about squalor and poverty in 19th century England, it was more reminiscent of “A Tale of Two Cities.”
Like that Charles Dickens novel, which revolves around parallel events in Paris and London during the French Revolution, our brief tale from last week is about players who are linked by their future with the team.
In a sense, it was poverty-stricken because several position groups on the defending AFC South champions' roster are lacking in sure-fire starters. That may be overly dramatic, though, considering the coaching staff is in the earliest stages of the player evaluation process.
But the expectations for 2013 have a “make-or-break” feel to them, and that sort of drama may be closer to determining how unsettled their depth chart really is.