Quarterback- Matt Schaub is capable of leading an efficient offense, but to do that he must stay on the field. Questions will arise about Schaub’s durability until he answers them by playing 16 games. If that doesn’t occur, Houston has a solid backup situation with Dan Orlovsky and Rex Grossman.
Running Back- Steve Slaton was a star as a rookie, but he’s not going to sneak up on anyone in year two. Many question his durability with him being a smaller back, but so far, so good. There are many questions with Slaton’s backups, as Chris Brown, Ryan Moats, and undrafted rookies Arian Foster and Jeremiah Johnson have plenty to prove.
Fullback- Vonta Leach, like most fullbacks, is extremely underrated. Boomer Grigsby could earn a roster spot by mostly being a special teams contributor.
Offensive Line- We believe this group has the potential to be the best offensive line in franchise history. There is a question of whether or not 2008 first-round pick Duane Brown will be able to be an effective full-time left tackle, but we feel confident in his abilities. The interior of the line should be improved with third-round pick, Antoine Caldwell.
Tight End- Houston may have the most tight end depth in the league, assuming Pro Bowler Owen Daniels is in camp on time and focused. The Texans drafted blocking end Anthony Hill and do-everything guy James Casey, and if they choose to keep four tight ends, Joel Dreesen could be a contributor.
Wide Receiver- Perhaps the most talented position group on the team, the Texans boast Pro Bowler Andre Johnson, who could be the very best wideout in the game. To compliment Johnson, Houston has Kevin Walter who has a knack for finding the end zone, and slot-machine David Anderson. Throw in Jacoby Jones and Andre Davis and the Texans are loaded.
Defensive Ends- Houston may have the best end in the game in Mario Williams, and free agent acquisition Antonio Smith should have a big year because of Williams. Add in second-round pick Connor Barwin and undrafted rookie Tim Jamison, and the Texans have their best group of pass rushers in team history.
Defensive Tackle- Amobi Okoye is looking to bounce back from an injury-filled 2008 campaign, and Travis Johnson is just looking to prove he belongs as an NFL starter. The team acquired former Lion Shaun Cody to go along with Tim Bulman, Frank Okam and DelJuan Robinson.
Linebackers- Houston seemingly has more talented linebackers than spots for them as they have star MLB DeMeco Ryans, along with first-round pick Brian Cushing. The battle for the other outside position will be interesting, as the ultra-talented Zac Diles is coming off a broken leg, and Xavier Adibi was impressive last year as a rookie. Add in veterans Cato June and Buster Davis and the Texans are loaded on the second level of their defense.
Cornerbacks- If the Texans have questions on their team it’s in the secondary. Dunta Robinson is the best corner the team has, possibly ever, but he’s unhappy with his contract situation as the team franchised him. Fred Bennett and Jacques Reeves will be fighting for the starting job opposite Robinson, and don’t count out Antwaun Molden or rookie Glover Quin.
Safeties- The Houston safeties are possibly the weakest position group on the team as the expected starters are Eugene Wilson and Nick Ferguson. Dominique Barber will compete for playing time along with rookie Troy Nolan.
Special Teams- The Texans special teams specialists are very good as Kris Brown is one of the league’s most accurate kickers, and Matt Turk has a booming leg. Andre Davis and Jacoby Jones handled kickoff and punt duties respectively a year ago, and Troy Nolan and Glover Quin could be in the mix in 2009.