Here are 2 specific areas Texans should expect bumpy, productive growth
The Houston Texans head to New Orleans this weekend to play their final game of the preseason. With DeMeco Ryans in the fold, many believe they will see a quick turnaround for the defense, but the team's ability to stop the run still looks like an issue based on the results of last week's game.
While the defense has better players and an improved scheme, it's fair to assume the team will have some stinkers along the way back to respectability on defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, CJ Stroud made some good throws and took an important step forward against Miami, playing the entire first half. But the big question heading into the weekend is how much the rookie quarterback will play this Sunday.
Should the Texans start him one more time to get him as much experience as possible before the opener against Baltimore in two weeks? Or have we seen enough from Stroud, and the rest of the starters? DeMeco did say the team is banged up this week and canceled joint practices with the Saints. Is this a sign the team is going to rest their starters and try to have them fresh in two weeks.
Finally, if the Texans' starting offensive line is held out on Sunday, should that preclude them from playing Stroud?
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