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Pro Football Focus and the Texans Week 5

Jadeveon Clowney posted a big number in the run game. Zach Tarrant/Houstontexans.com

Pro Football Focus grades each individual player's performance and assigns them a grade. All 32 teams use Pro Football Focus. 

Each week we will take a look at some of the good and bad from the Texans and a look at the upcoming opponent as well. They also do great fantasy analysis and draft coverage as well. You can join Pro Football Focus here.

Jadeveon Clowney - 90.2 Run Defense Grade

He was an absolute monster along the lines of what he has become known for on this Texans defense. He scored a touchdown and the Colts rushing attack was almost non-existent. Clowney got after the quarterback but this is where he can truly show how back he is for the Texans. 

Keke Coutee - 66.0 Offensive Grade

The grade might not match the box score here, but I am positive the coach's film would confirm some of this grade. Coutee was dynamic but there are certainly rookie mistakes Coutee made. He had a drop early and Bill O'Brien mentioned Coutee will see some of his mistakes and be even better when he corrects those mistakes. 

Kendall Lamm - 69.4 Pass Block Grade

Taking over at right tackle Lamm performed well in his opportunity. This is the highest grade he's ever turned in. He played well slowing down a sneaky good Colts defense. Though his run block grade, 43.2, needs some improvement. 

Shareece Wright - 61.8 Defensive Grade

This isn't the best grade but good enough for Wright who was pressed into heavy duty for the Texans after showing up after the season started. Wright will be getting a lot of work with Aaron Colvin's injury. He graded out 10 points higher than Johnathan Joseph and 30 points higher than Colvin. 

Demarcus Lawrence - 11.4 Pass Rush Productivity

Only Khalil Mack has a better rating in this statistic. It combines sacks, hits and hurries relative to how many times they rush the passer. Lawrence is a pass rushing monster. He attacks the quarterback from the left side as good as anyone. He leads the league in sacks and could end up being one of the most terrorizing forces on the Texans schedule. 

As always, you can join Pro Football Focus here.

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Correa could be on his way out. Composite image by Jack Brame.

It has not been the best of times to be a star athlete in Houston. In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins were solid off for a warm bucket of spit. George Springer won't be back. James Harden and Russell Westbrook rumors are rampant. J.J. Watt might be moving on as well.

Now, reports are the Astros are listening to offers for Carlos Correa.

Predictably, Astros fans are livid. And if it's true, they should be concerned about the bigger picture.

Trading Correa makes sense - if you have no plans on keeping him after next season, as was clearly the case with Springer. If the Astros can get a haul and replenish the farm system, it would be the right move, especially considering Correa's injury history.

But in the long run, it does not bode well for the direction of the team. All recent indications are that the Astros are going cheap.

They would still be a competitive team without Correa, but it would be yet another indication their World Series window has closed. Alex Bregman could slide over to shortstop, but who would play third? And they only have one starting outfielder on the roster as it is. Putting together a competitive lineup around Bregman, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez would still be possible, but if the Astros aren't going to spend money, that could be problematic.

The writing was probably on the wall when the team hired James Click as GM from the notoriously frugal Tampa Bay organization. The good news is the Rays have been successful. But this is a new direction for a team that was not afraid to spend big money to make runs at the World Series.

If they lose Correa, they lose a team leader, one of the few players who embraced the villain role in the wake of the cheating controversy and was not afraid to speak out. But he has never lived up to his MVP potential, has battled injuries and will command big dollars on the open market. He is still young enough to become that kind of player, and someone will gamble big money that he will.

Sadly, if this rumor is true, it won't be the Astros.

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