5 Houston Texans With the Most to Prove in 2014

5 Houston Texans With the Most to Prove in 2014

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The Houston Texans will look to end a 14-game losing streak when they open the 2014 season. After starting out 2013 with a 2-0 record, the Texans failed to win another game for the remainder of the season. It was a disastrous year for a team with Super Bowl aspirations. If Houston is to compete in the AFC South for the division title, these are five Texans with the most to prove in 2014.

5. TE Garrett Graham

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5. TE Garrett Graham

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Though Garrett Graham was a featured part of the Texans' offensive attack in 2013, hauling in 49 receptions for 545 yards and five touchdowns, this will be Graham's first season without Owen Daniels in the fold. Daniels departed in free agency to the Baltimore Ravens. The Texans will likely utilize two tight end sets most of the time, and Graham will be frequently targeted on short-to-intermediate routes.

4. WR DeAndre Hopkins

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4. WR DeAndre Hopkins

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DeAndre Hopkins enters his second season in the NFL and he will be expected to provide more consistency this time around. Hopkins had a nice season with 52 receptions for 802 yards and two touchdowns, but he finished the season slow. In his last nine games, he failed to catch a touchdown. In that same time frame, he caught for eight or fewer receiving yards on three different occasions.

3. RB Arian Foster

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3. RB Arian Foster

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Arian Foster was cleared to return in April after undergoing back surgery in 2013. Due to his injuries, Foster missed the last eight games of the season. Because Foster is 28 and coming off of serious back issues, it remains to be seen how he'll return. In 2012, Foster led the NFL with 17 touchdowns. If the veteran back can return to that elite level in 2014, the Texans have a chance to regain the AFC South division title.

2. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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2. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over the starting quarterback position now that former starter Matt Schaub is with the Oakland Raiders. Fitzpatrick takes over a team that is just two years removed from consecutive division titles. However, although Fitzpatrick is a 10-year veteran quarterback, he has never led a team with a winning record. Now would be the time for him to do so.

1. DE Jadeveon Clowney

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1. DE Jadeveon Clowney

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Jadeveon Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick by the Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft. The fact that Clowney is the No. 1 overall pick would be enough of a reason to put him at No. 1 on this list, but it's also the fact that Clowney is considered a once-in-a-generation talent that places even more pressure on the former South Carolina defensive end. Clowney is expected to provide a pass-rushing boost to a team that ranked 29th in sacks last season.

 


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