Houston Texans: Early Rookie Progress Reports

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Houston Texans: Early Rookie Progress Reports
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Counting on the play of rookies is never a desired position to be in, but with all the turnover on the roster recently, the Houston Texans will be forced to make the best of that situation. At least four rookies will be asked to be starters and major contributors for this team; not surprisingly, those players were their first four draft picks.

Jadeveon Clowney, Xavier Su'a-Filo, C.J. Fiedorowicz and Louis Nix III will all be expected to make an impact this season; the team won't have time to wait for them to develop if the Texans are going to surpass expectations this season. By the time the season is over, other rookies like Alfred Blue, Max Bullough, Marcus Williams and Andre Hal could also find their way into the starting lineup or at the very least be valuable reserves.

How have the rookies progressed so far? Until they put the pads on, it will be tough to say with 100 percent certainty, but for the most part the guys whom the team will be counting on have all looked pretty good.

You won't see a progress report for second-round pick Xavier Su'a-Filo or fifth-round pick Jeoffrey Pagan because both players have been out for different reasons. Under NFL rules, Su'a-Filo has been unable to attend while finishing up his school year at UCLA, while Pagan is still recovering from an injury.

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