TEXANS PRESEASON

11 observations from the Texans' 26-7 win over the Packers

11 observations from the Texans' 26-7 win over the Packers
The Texans won their first preseason game, 26-7. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans earn a win in Green Bay as plenty of positives jumped off the screen.

1. Despite the depth at tackles being depleted, Tyrod Taylor took care of his work in his brief appearance. The team's top quarterback was perfect on the evening hitting Chris Conley for two of his three completions. The drive stalled out and led to a field goal, but Taylor looked solid in his little bit of work.

2. Chris Conley continued his strong preseason with a handful of catches. The four snags netted him 51 yards. It will be interesting to see if Conley gets on the field with Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee in the preseason or if that look is reserved for the regular season.

3. Davis Mills got plenty of action as he took over for Tyrod Taylor after Taylor's lone series. The results were mixed from the rookie quarterback. Mills' best toss of the night saw him find Keke Coutee on a nice strike.

4. Mills blew a few easy throws and tossed a red zone interception. Mistakes are to be expected but basically throwing a groundball on a screen and going too high on some easy tosses need to be cleaned up faster than other tosses.

5. Second-year player Jonathan Greenard forced a fumble as he dispatched the Packers offensive lineman and knocked the ball loose from Jordan Love's hand. Greenard would leave the game with what head coach David Culley called an ankle sprain.

6. Wide receiver Anthony Miller has a shoulder injury. He left the game on a cart. Miller has had a nice camp and hopefully isn't out too long.

7. Vincent Taylor continued his success on the practice field in this game. Taylor is a load for defenders but knifes through offensive lines with surprising quickness. Taylor was in on more than a few plays including almost sacking Packers quarterback Jordan Love.

8. Camp standout Roy Lopez did get a sack. Lopez earned it but DeMarcus Walker helped force it. There wasn't a tremendous amount of pressure from the defensive line, but the line was much more solid against the run.

9. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan had a few nice plays. Jordan also had a drop as well, which is something that has popped up in camp a few times. Jordan should be trusted in the receiving game ahead of every tight end besides Pharoah Brown and Jordan Akins.

10. The linebackers, led by Kamu Grugier-Hill, had a solid night chasing the ball and stuffing the Packers in the running game. Green Bay rushed for just three yards in the first half.

11. Overall, a solid night for the Texans without many gaping holes. Not many, if any, Packers starters played significant snaps. The Texans had a fair amount of their own players set to be starters sitting as well. Preseason game two should see a few more expected starters on the field.

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Kiper has the Texans bolstering their defense in Round 2. Composite Getty, Wiki Commons image.

In Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest two-round mock, he provided insights into potential draft picks and areas of concern for the Texans as they prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft. The Texans currently have two picks in the second round.

When considering the Texans' needs, he selected Illinois defensive tackle Johnny Newton with the No. 42 overall pick and Michigan cornerback Mike Sainristil with the No. 59 pick.

Kiper praised Newton for his exceptional performance as a defensive tackle, noting his impressive 7.5 sacks last season, the most among FBS defensive tackles.

With the departure of Maliek Collins, Newton could fill a crucial void in the Texans' defensive line, providing much-needed pass-rushing ability from the interior.

Another prospect Kiper identified as a potential target for the Texans is Michigan slot cover corner Mike Sainristil.

Kiper hailed Sainristil as the best slot cover corner in the draft, citing his impressive statistics from the previous season, including 6 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. With the Texans' re-signing of veteran corner Desmond King, there is still uncertainty about King's role on the roster, according to Kiper, opening the door for Sainristil to make an impact.

Despite his relatively smaller stature at 5-foot-9, Sainristil's playmaking ability and versatility make him an attractive option for the Texans' secondary. Draft expert Lance Zierlein thinks Sainristil would be a good fit in Houston.

As the draft approaches, all eyes will be on the Texans' front office as they make critical decisions that will shape the future of the franchise.

*AI assisted.

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