Joel Blank: Deshaun Watson and Jimmy Garoppolo ready to carry NFL forward

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Joel Blank: Deshaun Watson and Jimmy Garoppolo ready to carry NFL forward
We'll see how much both QBs play on Saturday night at NRG. Photos by Peter Aiken and Robert Reiners/Getty Images

Joel Blank takes a look at the upcoming matchup between the Texans and 49ers and draws some comparisons between up and coming star QBs, Deshaun Watson and Jimmy Garoppolo. Both players had a lot of success in limited action in 2017, and have the highest of expectations for the 2018 season. It will be interesting to see which player has the better game on Saturday.

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The Texans are releasing corner Shaq Griffin. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

One of the big factors that led to the Texans' loss to the Jaguars on Sunday was the secondary. Multiple flags for pass interference gave Jacksonville more opportunities to pick up first downs and score points.

So it's no surprise that DeMeco Ryans is making some changes to his defense this week. According to several reports, Texans corner Shaq Griffin has been cut.

Nickel corner Tavierre Thomas was flagged for PI more than once on Sunday, and was burned badly by Jaguars receiver Calvin Ridley for a touchdown.

DeMeco was asked after the game if he considered replacing Thomas with Desmond King or Shaq Griffin. Ryans didn't give a definitive answer, but it looks like we got one today.

One has to wonder if Desmond Kings' experience playing nickel was the reason for his promotion to the active roster and why Griffin was released. If Thomas continues to struggle, King looks like the next man up to replace him.

The Texans also made some other adjustments to their roster on Wednesday, per Aaron Wilson. Linebacker Denzel Perryman returns from suspension, kicker Matt Ammendola and linebacker Garret Wallow join the practice squad. They also released Gerrid Doaks from the practice squad.

The other big piece of news involves left guard Tytus Howard. He heads to injured reserve, ending his season after hurting his knee against Jacksonville.

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