5 Houston Texans Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

By Chris Ross

5 Houston Texans Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

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In 2013, the Houston Texans fell apart as a team. As a result of an epic collapse that saw the team go from Super Bowl contenders to bottom feeders, it's easy to see why several Texans players enter 2014 facing a make-or-break season. With that said, ladies and gentlemen, here are five Houston Texans facing make-or-break seasons in 2014.

5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR

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5. DeAndre Hopkins, WR

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In his rookie season, DeAndre Hopkins provided the Texans with the type of receiver the team had long lacked across from star Andre Johnson. That said, Hopkins fell off dramatically after the first few weeks of the season, and going into 2014, Hopkins needs to regain his early-season form.

4. Garrett Graham, TE

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4. Garrett Graham, TE

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Although he set career highs all across the board in 2013, Garrett Graham must continue his ascension in 2014 if he truly wants to be the long-term starter in Houston. Graham has the talent; it’s up to him to use it.

3. Whitney Mercilus, OLB

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3. Whitney Mercilus, OLB

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2013 was a big year for Whitney Mercilus, as he took a big leap forward in his development from his rookie season. With 47 total tackles, including seven sacks, Mercilus was a disruption for opposing offenses at times. That said, going into 2014, Mercilus must prove 2013 wasn't a fluke.

2. Brian Cushing, ILB

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2. Brian Cushing, ILB

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When he’s on the field, Brian Cushing is one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL. However, staying on the field has become a problem for Cushing, as he again missed time in 2013. In 2014, Cushing must show he can stay on the field, or else he could find himself without a team.

1. Arian Foster, RB

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1. Arian Foster, RB

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From 2010-2012, Arian Foster had perhaps the best three-year stretch of any running back in history. However, in 2013, Foster regressed in a big way, as he battled with injuries and wasn't particularly effective when he was on the field. Foster enters 2014 facing the biggest make-or-break season of his career.

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