By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on June 28, 2014
The Houston Texans were perhaps the best "worst" team in football last season after opening 2013 with a 2-0 record, which ended up at a 2-14 overall record after the team dropped their remaining 14 games. Houston is back and fully loaded, but much of their 2014 success relies upon five key stars.
Here are the five most irreplaceable players for the Houston Texans in 2014.
Johnathan Joseph's presence is key in Houston's secondary, as he is not only the team's No. 1 corner, but he is also their most vital player in the secondary. He doesn't collect numerous amounts of interceptions or passes defensed, but he is rarely targeted due to his ability to truly be one of the league's most undervalued shut-down corners. Joseph's ability to cover the opposing team's No. 1 receiver is vital this season for Houston's success.
One of the league's best blind-side protectors, Duane Brown had a bit of a down year in 2013 due to injuries and the lack of a veteran QB to get rid of the football in a timely fashion. Brown enters 2014 looking to bounce back in a big way. The lack of depth behind Brown is quite concerning, and without a stable signal caller in place, Houston cannot afford their best offensive lineman to go down this season.
Andre Johnson is currently in a future dispute with Houston, as the star receiver is questioning his future with the team and the current direction of the team. Johnson put together another stellar campaign last season, collecting 109 balls for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns in his 11th season despite having unstable QB play. Johnson is a true No. 1 receiver, and the lack of experience behind him is why the stud receiver is on this list.
Arian Foster has been one of the NFL's top runners during his short stint in the league, but was slowed by injuries last season, limiting him to just eight games. Foster's absence was filled by former Texans RB Ben Tate, but with Tate now in Cleveland, Foster's health is a crucial key to the Texans' return to dominance in the AFC South division. If Foster is healthy for 16 games, this team could make a quick turnaround.
Did you really have to wonder who would top this list? JJ Watt is arguably the best defensive player in the league and plays a critical part in Houston's defensive success. His 80 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and seven passes defensed would be a huge loss to Houston's defense. Watt is certainly the most irreplaceable player for Houston this season on either side of the football.
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