Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt raise expectations – Houston Texans News

Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt raise expectations – Houston Texans News


USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones looks at how the big offseason changes in the AFC South will affect the division’s 2017 NFL season.

Training camps are still in the distance, but USA TODAY Sports is providing five things you need to know about every team in the NFL to catch you up on the offseason. Today, the Houston Texans …

1. Miller should have more help

Because of a less-than-stellar passing game last season, the Texans relied heavily on running back Lamar Miller. The 26-year-old set a career record for carries (268) in 14 games, but he might have more assistance this year. Houston drafted Texas running back D’Onta Foreman in the third round, with hopes of establishing a reliable second option. Foreman, who won the 2016 Doak Walker Award as college football’s top running back, is a welcome addition to an ailing offense. Miller played through injuries most of last season and missed the final two regular-season games. A strong one-two punch with Miller and Foreman could help open the passing game and relieve the pressure on the quarterback — whether that’s Tom Savage or rookie Deshaun Watson.


2. Watson will get a crack at the starting QB job

When it comes to training camps, few things are more exciting than a quarterback battle. After shipping off Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns, the Texans traded up to No. 12 in the draft to select Watson, giving up next year’s first-round pick to make the jump. A national champion at…

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