How Houston Texans hope to catch league by surprise in Week 1

How Houston Texans hope to catch league by surprise in Week 1
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The Houston Texans and rookie QB CJ Stroud had a strong showing against the New Orleans Saints in their final preseason game on Sunday, with Stroud throwing the first touchdown of his NFL career.

One of the biggest takeaways from the contest was rookie receiver Tank Dell's lack of reps with the first-team offense.

Dell is expected to be one of the team's best offensive weapons, so many people are wondering about his absence with the starters.

Which got us thinking, are the Texans purposefully hiding Dell during the preseason, so he can be used as a secret weapon when the regular season begins?

Or is he having trouble getting adjusted to the Texans offense, and he's not ready to be a starter yet?

Plus, who's the most surprising cut for the Texans so far?

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The Houston Texans have a huge game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, and they must come away with a victory if they want to avoid falling to 0-3 on the season.

And don't look now, but beating the Jags just got a little more difficult with Aaron Wilson reporting that Derek Stingley Jr is expected to miss multiple weeks with a hamstring injury. Plus, nickel corner Tavierre Thomas will also be out after having surgery on his hand.

The Texans are dealing with a massive amount of injuries just two weeks into the season. But one could argue some of these could have been avoided.

Both Stingley and guard Kenyon Green (IR) had injury concerns coming out of college and GM Nick Caseiro decided to draft them in the top half of the first round, despite those red flags.

Green will miss the rest of the season needing shoulder surgery, and if Stingley is placed on IR and misses 4 games, he will have only played in 11 of a possible 23 games to start his career. Don't forget, Stingley missed time due to a hamstring issue in 2022 as well.

And let's not forget, Caserio passed on All-Pro corner Sauce Gardner, when he decided to draft Stingley No. 3 overall in 2022. The Jets selected Gardner with the very next pick.

Be sure to watch the video above as we discuss the implications of these injuries for the Texans and Caserio's future in Houston.

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