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    5 free agent offensive tackles to possibly replace Derek Newton

    TexansWire
    Even though the news was widely expected, the formal placement of right tackle Derek Newton on the PUP list still hit like a cold shower. Newton will miss the 2017 season, and the Houston Texans are desperately thin at the key position.

    Rookie Julieín Davenport has potential but asking a fourth-round draft pick from FCS-level Bucknell to thrive in the job is a major risk. Jeff Allen flopped as a free-agent right guard last season, though he does have some experience playing tackle from his Kansas City days.

    There are essentially five experienced tackles still on the market who might ó might ó be an upgrade over the in-house options.

    Will Beatty

    Ask New York Giants fans if they think Will Beatty can slide in as the starting right tackle and you might need to duck. He was a marginally average left tackle for several seasons, decently athletic but not much of a run blocker. Much to their fansí pleasure, the Giants have spent several draft picks trying to replace him over the years.

    Beatty missed the 2015 season with a torn pectoral muscle. The 2009 second-round pick played just seven snaps last season after returning to the Giants when no other teams showed much free agency interest.

    Now 32, Beatty is once again getting few nibbles in free agency. The upshot to that is the Texans could almost assuredly get the veteran on a minimum contract with low risk. However, low risk almost invariably equates to low reward.

    Ryan Clady

    The most prominent veteran still on the market, Ryan Clady was among the very best left tackles in the league for several years. A first-round pick in 2008, Clady quickly lived up to the billing in Denver.

    His two seasons as a first-team All-Pro left tackle are but a distant memory. Clady has played just one full season since 2012 thanks to a litany of injuries. He had Lisfranc surgery in 2013, a torn pec in 2015 and ended last season on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff.

    Itís awfully hard to have any confidence in Clady to remain healthy. He wasnít close to his old Broncos prime form last season with the Jets, and yet another major surgery isnít likely to help.

    King Dunlap

    The starting left tackle for most of the last four seasons for the Chargers, Dunlap is most notable for his length. At 6-foot-8 and with very long arms, he makes it a long road around the edge to the quarterback.

    Dunlap, who turns 32 in September, does have a couple of appealing points. Foremost is his experience playing on the right side. Itís been years since he started at right tackle in Philadelphia, but at least the position isnít unfamiliar to the veteran. Also, he started 12 games last season and is relatively healthy.

    That relative health also leads to the big drawback for Dunlap. He just hasnít been very good, particularly in pass protection. He has always struggled with quicker defenders who can attack his inside shoulder or get into his pads before he fires out those long arms.

    Breno Giacomini

    Giacomini is the most experienced right tackle still on the market. Heís started nearly 80 games at the position over his career with Seattle, Green Bay and most recently the Jets.

    His immediate availability is a question, as the 31-year-old had back surgery in January. Giacomini was a marginal starter for most of his career even before the back injury. If healthy, he could be an effective stopgap for a season. However, heís the least talented of the players listed here.

    Sebastian Vollmer

    The ex-Patriot and former Houston Cougar brings name recognition and playoff success. Alas, heís 32 and missed last season with both a hip injury and shoulder surgery.

    Itís the hip that doesnít lie. New England didnít believe the veteran would ever be healthy enough to play at a high level.
    Vollmer's hip is in bad shape https://t.co/C8i11w2Q8T

    ó Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 2, 2017
    In fact, many reporters expected Vollmer to retire upon his release. He might still, making his potential to help the Texans quite unlikely.
    If you're not following the Astros, you are doing Houston sports wrong.

  • #2
    Signing one of them means we'd have to count on them. At this point, I think I'd rather have a healthy youngster.
    Why do people point toward their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point toward their hooha when asking where the bathroom is?

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    • #3
      No thanks to all of them...they dont sound like an upgrade, but rather a desperate grasping at straws

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      • #4
        I wish Davenport was a little further along. Wonder how well he takes to coaching? Got by on raw talent at a lower level, so it comes down to how quickly he can pick up the technical aspect of the game.
        Why do people point toward their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point toward their hooha when asking where the bathroom is?

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        • #5
          We will need to sign a veteran to at least coach or push some of the youngsters.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AngryNateFTW View Post
            We will need to sign a veteran to at least coach or push some of the youngsters.
            Duane Brown should handle that right?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by aussiedave View Post

              Duane Brown should handle that right?
              Possible but he might not know that much about playing RT, also, it's hard for one player to coach up so many players.

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              • #8
                wOW. tHAT'S SOME LIST. I think I have to side with ktex and sportsfanatic on this one. Maybe we can get a break when the cuts start going down?

                http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...2017-rt-market

                Here is another list of possible candidates who may hit the market. Many sound better than these 5. I haven't scouted any of them though so just going by what is written.
                Last edited by Yosarian; 05-14-2017, 08:02 PM.
                Want to learn everything about the Texans cap? There is no better site out there than this one. Thanks Troy. Amazing work buddy!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Yosarian View Post
                  wOW. tHAT'S SOME LIST. I think I have to side with ktex and sportsfanatic on this one. Maybe we can get a break when the cuts start going down?

                  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...2017-rt-market

                  Here is another list of possible candidates who may hit the market. Many sound better than these 5. I haven't scouted any of them though so just going by what is written.
                  After reading that list, it appears the Texans are not suiters for any of them at RT. Do they know something that we don't?
                  https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M...0&h=300Adopter of #98 D. J. Reader

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Marshall View Post

                    After reading that list, it appears the Texans are not suiters for any of them at RT. Do they know something that we don't?
                    I didn't see the Texans at all. lol Like RT is not a need here. Haha.
                    Want to learn everything about the Texans cap? There is no better site out there than this one. Thanks Troy. Amazing work buddy!
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                    • #11
                      And we sign whats considered the worst of the bunch because he has been coached by Devlin ?? Do these connections really help if its the worst one of them all ?? SMDH ...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by methos838 View Post
                        And we sign whats considered the worst of the bunch because he has been coached by Devlin ?? Do these connections really help if its the worst one of them all ?? SMDH ...
                        ""However, he’s the least talented of the players listed here.""

                        lol Bring on the "least talented". Nothing but the worst for us will do at RT.
                        Want to learn everything about the Texans cap? There is no better site out there than this one. Thanks Troy. Amazing work buddy!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by methos838 View Post
                          And we sign whats considered the worst of the bunch because he has been coached by Devlin ?? Do these connections really help if its the worst one of them all ?? SMDH ...
                          The key to your statement is the word "IF." Perhaps Devlin is a better evaluator than those that said he's the worst of the bunch. I certainly hope that's the case. He is most experienced for a reason.
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                          • #14
                            Another name just became available. Cyrus Koujando, a former second round tackle. He has had a mental issue and was cut by the Bills who drafted A replacement OT. But he showed flashes when he played. If the mental issue was drug induced or resolvable with appropriate medication and he chooses a healthier lifestyle, then he might be an option.

                            http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...yrus-kouandjio
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