Breaking Down All the New Faces on the 2014 Houston Texans

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Breaking Down All the New Faces on the 2014 Houston Texans
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With voluntary minicamp and OTAs in the rearview mirror and mandatory minicamp going on currently as I'm writing this article, we don't have a huge sample size, but we have had a long enough look at the new faces on the Texans roster to start drawing some conclusions.

The Texans are dealing with a lot of roster turnover and a new system on both offense and defense, so the offseason practices that are usually treated as routine have taken on more importance this year under new head coach Bill O'Brien.

Considering the only player O'Brien decided to bring back was tight end Garrett Graham, I think that's a pretty good indication of his opinion on the roster he took over when he was hired in January.

Nearly every player on this list will be asked to start or at least be a contributor early on. O'Brien is trying to put his own stamp on this team, and one of the themes he's preached through OTAs and minicamp has been versatility.

He wants players who can contribute at multiple positions or on special teams on top of their regular position, and that strategy was evident with the choices the Texans made with the players added during free agency and the draft.

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