By John Ulecka @johnnyu9322 on April 2, 2014
The Houston Texans had miserable 2013 campaign, finishing 2-14, but a few players stepping up their talent could push Houston back into contention.
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Houston has lost three defensive lineman to free agency (DT Terrell McClain, NT Earl Mitchell and DE Antonio Smith), so the Texans will be counting on Crick to help sure up an inexperienced line next season. Crick in limited duty last year only had 20 tackles but you can expect to see him more this year.
Jeff Tarpinian started three games last season for Houston, and could get the nod opposite Cushing. He made 23 tackles and 0.5 sack in limited duty, but will be battling for the second ILB position come training camp.
The former Ohio State wideout has battled injuries as a pro and had a rough 2013, posting 15 receptions for 155 yards. This season, he should be 100 percent from the ruptured Achilles suffered in January of 2013. Posey will be counted on as the slot receiver for Houston.
Derek Newton, the 2011 7th round choice for Houston, has started 30 games since his rookie season. Newton is experienced, and a solid performance this year will bode well for Houstons' offensive line. His big 6-foot-6, 313 pound frame fits the RT position for the Texans, and Houston needs a healthy line to compete this season.
Garrett Graham filled in for an injured Owen Daniels admirably last year, catching 49 balls for 545 yards and five touchdowns. The former Wisconsin Badger will be the starting TE this season with the Texans letting Daniels walk. The offense should a boost if Graham breaks out in 2014.
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