Ranking Strength of Every Houston Texans Positional Unit

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Ranking Strength of Every Houston Texans Positional Unit
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The Houston Texans conducted their first round of OTAs on May 27-29. Head coach Bill O’Brien and his coaching staff had their first prolonged exposure to every positional unit. Their judgment of the relative strength of each unit is likely premature, given they are dealing with a roster of 89 players.

As reported by Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, O’Brien summed up the situation in the most general of terms at the close of the proceedings:

Overall, I would say these guys have worked extremely hard. They’ve been competitive. I really think as it relates to this week, I can see improvement throughout the three days. I thought overall it was a good week and a good way to end the week today.

That and a host of other innocuous comments give us very little to go on if you are trying to get a feel for where the team stands at this earliest of stages.

Houston Chronicle blogger Stephanie Stradley explained how the new regime limits access to players, which makes it difficult to keep the public informed:

In the past, media members would pretty much chase down the players they wanted to talk to after practice, but also the head coach also answered questions at the same time. Now, there are no questions right after practice on the field, and the media is asked to leave before the practice is concluded. So if you are wondering why information doesn’t come out of practice sessions as quickly as in the past, that is why.

The thoughts of the players and coaches would have been useful in determining how comfortable they are adapting to all the changes. As it stands, a little more conjecture than normal will be required to assign rankings to each group.

We will work from the weakest unit to the strongest, using a preliminary list of the players who will compose the 46-man active roster on Week 1 of the 2014 season. There are four OTA sessions, a mandatory minicamp and six weeks of training camp remaining, so the list is clearly in its formative stages.

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