5 Houston Texans Who Will Steal Starting Spots in Training Camp

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5 Houston Texans Who Will Steal Starting Spots in Training Camp
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The roster and depth chart for the Houston Texans will be a very fluid situation during training camp and the preseason.

Some veterans are locked into starting roles, such as J.J. Watt, Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, Johnathan Joseph, Arian Foster, Duane Brown and Ryan Fitzpatrick, assuming they all stay healthy, but many other spots are up for grabs.

With a new coaching staff who will want different things from each position compared to the previous staff, players who used to be a good scheme fit no longer meet position requirements. Nowhere on the roster is that more true than the defensive line.

Under Wade Phillips, the Texans defensive linemen were allowed to penetrate and play some as one-gap defenders. In contrast, under Romeo Crennel, the Texans defensive linemen—except for Watt—will be asked to play more as two-gap run-stuffers than penetrating pass-rushers.

With the change in philosophy and much roster turnover, spots are more open this year than they have been in the past.

Over the next several slides I'll go over a few names that could surprise people and possibly take a veteran's starting job with a good training camp and preseason.

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