The Houston Texans 2022 outlook might not have the playoffs, or even a winning record. But the franchise knows where it’s headed now. Moving on from Deshaun Watson, settling with all 30 of his accusers, and hiring Lovie Smith to be their next head coach. Much like divisional foe Jacksonville, the Texans were in need of a grown up. Not trying to take a shot at David Culley, but he was never a long term answer. Pep Hamilton as the Offensive Coordinator is a great hire, and should provide some stability to that side of the ball.
Looking at the team’s construction from 2021 to 2022, and the Texans have a ton of young players. Unfortunately their rookie receiver, John Metchie III, has been diagnosed with Leukemia and is expected to miss the season. They will still be leaning heavily on their top-3 draft picks. Derek Stingley Jr’s production tailed off his final 2 seasons at LSU, but his 2019 Freshman season was spectacular. They also spent their 3rd pick on Safety Jalen Pitre in an attempt to sure up the secondary. Houston spent their second 1st round pick on versatile offensive lineman Kenyon Green out of Texas A&M. It looks like they brought in some big time talent in the draft, but there is no doubt the Metchie news is a shot for the Texans.
In 2021 the Texans might fit the rare spot where a 4 win team might have exceeded expectations. Davis Mills was not terrible in his rookie season. In throwing to a really bad receiving corps, Mills still managed 2,264 yards, 16 TDs, and 10 INTs. Those numbers were in 13 games. Davis Mills had the highest QBR of any rookie quarterback last season. Their running game was worst in the league last season averaging just 83.6 yards per game. There is room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball, but Davis Mills can show he’s an NFL quarterback that can lead the Texans out of obscurity. Here’s the Houston Texans 2022 Outlook.