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Old 01-29-2005   #1
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As fans/arm-chair GMs, we should be considering how our current players may improve next season...prior to drooling over FAs or predicting draft picks. I'll take a stab, any feedback other ideas appreciated.

1. Seth Wand: With one full year of starting and three years in our strength program, he is entering a very important point in his Texans' career. If he progresses well and grasps zone blking scheme, I think we'll stay with him. However, I'm concerned that Carr will be exposed to more beatings and would prefer we invest in insurance (like Walter Jones). I'm pulling for Seth and hope he comes into his own this year.
2. Jason Babin: A fierce pass-rushing machine in college, he played well while learning 3-4 style. I think next year he'll be more natural and make more plays.
3. Chester Pitts: Transition from OT to OG and new scheme hampered his progress. I'm hoping next year, he'll be a dominator.
4. Derrick Alexander: Really had some moments this year. Believe he'll only get better from hear and be a nice option in redzone.
5. Jabbar Gaffney: Has become Carr's third-down go-to guy. He's becoming invaluable.
6. Dunta Robinson: Can he get much better? You bet, next year he makes everyone realize the mistake they made by not recognizing him this year.
7. Tony Hollings: This is my reach, but if he can condition himself better and not get injured, perhaps the two years of watching and learning the trade will finally pay-off for us. He would be a nice change of pace to DD.
8. Benny Jopru: OK, he either becomes Boselli II or finally gets his butt on the field and adds new dimension to this team. Lord knows we need a complete TE.
9. Antwan Peek : The demon is finally unleashed and through still unrefined, he becomes the difference-maker (OLB) defense needs on the field at all times.
10. Earl/Coleman: This duo will jell and our secondary will be awesome! Last year's experience should only make them both better.
11. Milford Brown: May finally become RG we're looking for...finished strong.
12. Kendrick Starling: smooths out rough edges/loses jitters and makes run on KR and fourth WR spot.

Given the above, I'd be targeting DL/OL, TE, team speed, RB, KR/PR, LB in FA and draft. I'd really like a DE like Shaun Cody or Spears; and another NT. In addition a big, athletic C and maybe another LT (if Wand doesn't improve).

Did I miss anyone? Oh, looks like Ragone will be our Back-up QB...hopefully he has a good camp/preseason.
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I hope the most improved duo is the Wand/Pitts combo. I can't say Joppru cause he can't improve he has'nt played. I believe we need to assign someone to monitor Benny's groin. Maybe start a site Benny's groin .com. Then we can have Tony Holling's knee . com. I am not touching Benny's groin.com.
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I definatly see some texans have huge progress next season.
1. David Carr- it's his fourth season and he should really excel if for once we give him some time in the pocket.
2. Seth Wand- This guy didn't play as bad as everyone believes he had only a few bad games and they were all against freeny and freeny kill everyone this year.
3. Jason Babin- with a whole year under his belt he should definatly come into his own next year.
4. Tony hollings this guy is a tremendous athelete and all he needs to do is stay healthy.
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1. Wand - he has already shown that he can run block, so all he has to do is get a stronger punch and work on he passblocking.

2. Gaffney - with all the attention that AJ is going to get, odds are he will get more balls thrown his way.

3. Earl - after playing well less than a year after he tore his ACL, he will make the next big step.

4. Babins - with a year in the system and an off season to practice he will be a lot better.
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4. Derrick Alexander: Really had some moments this year. Believe he'll only get better from hear and be a nice option in redzone.
I read that and i couldn't figure out who in the world you were talking about for a few minutes then it hit me. I beleive you were talking about Derrick Armstrong. Anywho yeah I like this guy alot too and he has come up with some big catches, but I think we also have to consider that many of those have been against the other teams 4th CB's. I would like to see what he could do as the #2 or #3 reciver, but i thought i'd just point that out.
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Anywho yeah I like this guy alot too and he has come up with some big catches, but I think we also have to consider that many of those have been against the other teams 4th CB's. I would like to see what he could do as the #2 or #3 reciver, but i thought i'd just point that out.
Armstrong and Gaffney will be our slot guys, and we are set at the slot. Gaffney and Armstrong are solid, dependable players as is Stokley in Indy. Both are suited for curls, slants, seams, working linebacker zones and short out patterns. The Texans need speed on the edge to keep the defense honest and to make them pay for rolling the S to AJ's side constantly. Personally, I feel the team will sign a veteran WR for the edge and will not take a WR in the draft.

Good thread.

I like the upside to Earl and Babin as guys who may be 'most improved'. I have my fingers crossed with Joppru and Hollings.
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"I like the upside to Earl and Babin as guys who may be 'most improved'. I have my fingers crossed with Joppru and Hollings."


I agree, but I think the most improved Texans next year will be the O-line as a whole
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I really do hope that is the case.
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1. Jason Babin. Led the team in QB pressures. Give him an offseason to work on his technique and get more familiar with the season and I think he is gonna be our sack leader next season.

2. Wand & Pitts. I think Wand is going to do well.. he was strong this last season but not great.. now that he is the starter he is gonna have alot more put on his shoulders this offseason.. if he handles it well, we could see a big improvement next season. I think Pitts is gonna be one of our best linemen in the future.. the move to OG wasnt a huge thing for him since that what we drafted him to play.. I think the only thing that messed him up was the zone blocking.. an offseason to familiarize himself with it will get him back on the right track.

3. Armstrong. If we grab another WR to take Bradfords place, and also manage to fix our TE problem.. when exactly do we plan on using Armstrong? I think the staff knows we have a great player here and they are gonna get him on the field more, rather than letting him rot on the bench. I look to see him used more next season. Keep in mind that the only reason we didnt see him as much in the second half of the season as we did in the first half, is cause he got injured for a 2 or 3 game stretch there.

4. Domanick Davis. With the Oline working.. if DD is healthy, I look for him to light up our running game. He is a playmaker when he gets the ball and is at 100%.. if next season is the season he manages to STAY at 100%.. he will be a force.

5. Robaire Smith. With babin playing better.. I look for Smith to have an even better season. the strong side of our Dline is looking really good.

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Kendrick Starling. Will we send him to Europe? (i think we should) This guy could be our future #2.. but I dunno if it will be next season or not. If he can become more consistent, and get a bit more playing time.. he could turn some heads.

DaShon Polk. Could he win the ILB job from Foreman? he looked fairly good to me.

Earl. I liked what I saw but I wonder about his coverage skills.. was he at 100%? I dont know.. but if he can continue to improve.. and can cover AND do what he was doing in run support and such.. he could be a lock at SS for the rest of his career.

Joppru. if he steps onto the field during a game, that would be an improvement over the last two seasons :P. SO, he doesnt have to do much to improve.. but WILL he ever step onto a field? god I hope so.




Guys I am not expecting to do much


Milford Brown. Finished strong? if you mean he managed to suck even more at the end.. you are absolutely right. We should start calling him slash.. like whats his name up in Pittsburgh. Cause this guy is a revolving door slash penalty machine.

McKinney. He just didnt seem to fit in a zone blocking scheme. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Im not optimistic about it.

Walker. Injuries are no excuse for his play last season.. I think hes hit his wall.. retirement is looming.

Glenn. I think he will continue to be a solid CB, but I dont expect to see any improvement out of him.





And finally.. the guy who doesnt fit in a catagory.


Dunta Robinson. Could him improve? if he does im gonna be really surprised cause he was already awesome. Could he get worse? yes.. he could hit a sophmore slump and im worried about that. A repeat performance is all i ask.
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oh and I forgot.. under improved.

Andre Johnson. With the line improving next season (fingers crossed).. Carr gets more time to throw to his go-to guy. Andre Johnson just needs the ball sent his way.. he can handle the rest. We saw him "disappear" towards the end of the year.. and it wasnt his fault, we just could not get the ball to him enough with our Oline stinking up the place. Next year he will hit 1300-1500 receiving yards.. and be in the top 5 WRs in the league. write it down.
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AJ - You're right, I meant "Armstrong."

Vinny - Thanks. I agree on Gaf/Arm, but I'm not sure if we'll get the speed if we sign a vet. Unless we look at Porter or Buress...most speculation says, Gardner or M2 (CAR). I've never been impressed w/Gardner. M2 would be great if we believe we're headed to play-offs next 2-3 yrs...which I'm hoping is true!
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Mighty T - I'm hoping w/yr in the zone blocking scheme and maybe a brute at center we'll be much improved.
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Armstrong and Gaffney will be our slot guys, and we are set at the slot. Gaffney and Armstrong are solid, dependable players as is Stokley in Indy. Both are suited for curls, slants, seams, working linebacker zones and short out patterns. The Texans need speed on the edge to keep the defense honest and to make them pay for rolling the S to AJ's side constantly. Personally, I feel the team will sign a veteran WR for the edge and will not take a WR in the draft.

Good thread.

I like the upside to Earl and Babin as guys who may be 'most improved'. I have my fingers crossed with Joppru and Hollings.
I agree 100% with all that Vinny. I would like to see us sign one of the premium free agent OL on the market this offseason also but I know cap space is not what it used to be.
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Armstrong and Gaffney will be our slot guys, and we are set at the slot. Gaffney and Armstrong are solid, dependable players as is Stokley in Indy. Both are suited for curls, slants, seams, working linebacker zones and short out patterns. The Texans need speed on the edge to keep the defense honest and to make them pay for rolling the S to AJ's side constantly. Personally, I feel the team will sign a veteran WR for the edge and will not take a WR in the draft.
I hope we take a veteran as well. If we wanted to draft someone to replace Bradford, we should have done it last season. We need someone that can step in and play outside opposite AJ right away.
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well if we cant find our want any veteran fast outside recievers than maybe we should keep bradford, i mean he does still have the speed, carr just needs more time and maybe we can get him the deep ball a little more often !
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