How an astonishing turnaround impacts Houston Texans' future plans

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Houston Texans CJ Stroud, Will Anderson, Tank Dell
Tank Dell could be even better in 2024. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Texans have made significant improvements to their defense during the recent free agency period, which has been widely recognized.

However, their offense still requires some work, as evidenced by their efforts to trade for Keenan Allen from the Chargers. Unfortunately, the deal did not go through, and the Texans missed out on a chance to add another Pro Bowl-level receiver to their roster.

Despite this setback, there is some good news for Texans fans, as Tank Dell, who suffered a fibula injury last season, is reportedly making excellent progress in his recovery. According to KPRC 2's Aaron Wilson, Dell expects to be ready for OTA's this spring, which is great news for the team.

In addition, the Texans have added former Bengals running back Joe Mixon to their offense, which should provide an improvement over the departed Devin Singletary.

Dell's the type of player the defense has to know where he is at all times. He's almost impossible to cover with elite quickness in his route running, and he can take the top off the defense as well.

As it stands right now, the Texans have all of their receivers returning from last season. Collins, Dell, Robert Woods, Noah Brown, John Metchie, and Xavier Hutchinson are all under contract.

So while missing out on a trade for Allen is a bit of a downer, the team has plenty of options for Stroud to throw to. Plus, Allen will play this season at 32 years old and has a cap number of over $23 million. He's also in the last year of his contract, and would have cost the Texans a 2025 third round pick, plus a pick swap, per Aaron Wilson.

Could the Texans have another receiver in their sights?

The Texans are rumored to have interest in Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, but trading for him would cost a draft pick and GM Nick Caserio would have to negotiate a long-term mega-contract with him. A move that could preclude the team from re-signing NIco Collins, who's in the last year of his deal.

What about the draft?

This is where I would like to see the Texans add a receiver. This is a great year for wide outs in the draft, with plenty of depth. Adding a young, talented receiver for Stroud to grow with seems like the best plan of action moving forward. I respect the Texans for trying to go all in with Allen, but looking to the draft is a strong Plan B.

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