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Houston Texans’ 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

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Houston Texans: The 5 Biggest Red Flags Heading into 2014

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The Houston Texans enter the 2014 season with much promise. The team will field a new head coach, quarterback and a new toy on defense. This team has potential to be really good if they can answer these questions from a dismal 2013 campaign.

5. Jadeveon Clowney's Transition to Linebacker

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5. Jadeveon Clowney's Transition to Linebacker

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Clowney can adjust to play nearly any position on the football field with his unique skill set, but the question is how to best utilize his abilities. While it may seem like an afterthought to have the rookie line up at various spots on the field, the more effective approach may be to have him put his hand in the dirt -- opposite of J.J Watt -- and let them do damage.

4. Ryan Fitzpatrick's Ability to Lead the Team

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4. Ryan Fitzpatrick's Ability to Lead the Team

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Although Fitzpatrick may be among the league’s smartest players, I doubt many consider him to be amongst the elites. There is no doubt that the seventh-round pick from Harvard can play, but can he lead? With Andre Johnson’s issues with team management, Fitzpatrick will be one of the offense’s go-to guys in pressure situations as he is seemingly battled-tested. This Texan team will have the best roster he’s started for.

3. Questionable Depth at Running Back

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3. Questionable Depth at Running Back

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Arian Foster has had trouble staying healthy for the last few years and the offense has been built around him. Unfortunately for Houston, the rest of the league has been wise enough to implement a two running back system. Usually the system would see one power back and one scat-back. Foster is a mixture of both, so finding a replacement would be hard -- unless it was Ben Tate, whom they let go to Cleveland.

2. Brian Cushing's Health

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2. Brian Cushing's Health

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When he’s on the field, Cushing is one of the best linebackers in the league. The Southern California product can tackle, cover and make plays from the second level. However, the Texans haven’t been able to see the depth of his potential because of his injury-plagued career. If he is able to stay healthy this season, Houston looks to boast one of the most fearsome defenses in the NFL.

1. Production at Tight End

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1. Production at Tight End

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There used to be a time in the NFL when tight ends were valuable for their dual usage in both the run and passing game. Now, the tight end position is relegated to pass-and-catch duties in most cases. Owen Daniels, now a Baltimore Raven, was really consistent at the position for the Texans, and there doesn’t appear to a replacement in sight -- or on the roster at least.