The Houston Texans will be counting on many players to step up and develop quickly this season.
Coming off a 2-14 season and a coaching change, not surprisingly their roster isn't full with reliable veterans at most positions. Rookies and players who spent the majority of their time in years past on the bench will be asked to fill a bigger role.
How quickly those projects become solid contributors will go a long way toward determining the success of the team this year. With the team just a couple of weeks away from starting training camp and finally putting on the pads, we'll soon find out what type of progress they've made.
The years and faces change season to season, but the NFL keeps moving on. Every team has to deal with roster turnover, so using that as an excuse for failure won't be tolerated by many fans. The coaching staff can't dwell on who isn't here, but it, instead, has to focus on getting the most out of who is currently wearing the uniform.
Luckily for the Texans, Bill O'Brien appears to embrace that attitude.
There's no time to worry about the past or the future; the only thing that matters is the present, because what happens now will determine who gets a new contract and who will be looking for a new job.
Not all projects are rookies. Some players who are changing positions or haven't played much, despite this not being their first season, also fit the category.
Here are a few names to track during training camp and the preseason.