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Texans announce coaching staff for 2019

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The Houston Texans have announced their full coaching staff for the 2019 season. Houston will have an offensive coordinator this season and it will be Tim Kelly, who was formerly the tight ends coach for the Texans. Will Lawing will take over for Kelly as the new tight ends coach. Houston's quarterbacks coach for the 2019 season will be former Seahawks assistant, Carl Smith. The Texans will also bring back a familiar face with the hire of former Houston quarterback T.J. Yates, who will now be an offensive assistant. Other coaching positions are filled by Mike Devlin (OL), John Perry (WRs), Danny Barrett (RBs), and John Aylward will be an offensive assistant.

On defense, the Texans are bringing back another former player with Akeem Dent being named a defensive assistant. The coaching staff on defense will stay intact, and the Texans are also bringing back special teams coordinator Brad Seely and assistant special teams coordinator Tracy Smith. The other most notable move was the hiring of Brian Cushing as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Click here for a full list of the coaching staff.

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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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