The Houston Texans open camp July 25, the Associated Press takes a look at the job ahead for Gary Kubiak and company.
HOUSTON TEXANS (8-8)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Houston.
LAST YEAR: The Texans reached .500 for the first time last
season, but that record might be misleading since the eighth win
came against a Jaguars team that had already made the playoffs and
rested most starters. Mario Williams had a breakout 14-sack season
and new quarterback Matt Schaub looked good in his first year as a
starter, but Houston's offense was slowed by injuries to he, Andre
Johnson and Ahman Green.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: LT Duane Brown (first-round draft pick), LB
Rosevelt Colvin, RB Chris Brown, CB Jacques Reeves.
IMPORTANT LOSSES: Assistant head coach Mike Sherman, LB Danny
Clark, RB Ron Dayne.
CAMP NEEDS: Johnson must show he's recovered from the knee
injury that kept him out of seven games last season and led him to
offseason arthroscopic surgery. Brown, the rookie left tackle, will
have to improve after being dominated by Williams in offseason
workouts. Green's durability will be tested after he missed 10
games with knee swelling.
EXPECTATIONS: If Green and Johnson can stay healthy, the offense
in Schaub's second season in Houston should be improved. The young
and talented trio of Williams, Amobi Okoye and LB DeMeco Ryans will
be better, but it will have to pick up the slack from a secondary
playing without CB Dunta Robinson until at least late October.
Entering their seventh season, the Texans will be disappointed with
anything less than their first playoff berth, but they'll have to
make a big jump for that to happen in the ultra-competitive AFC