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The Texans performed at a very high caliber in their preseason opener against the 49ers, with big surprise performances coming from quarterback Brian Hoyer and running back Alfred Blue.
The Texans defeated the 49ers 23-10, making very good use of wide receivers Deandre Hopkins, Cecil Shorts III, and Jaelon Strong, who all managed to score in the end zone. Alfred Blue’s big performance is a reassurance to Texans fans who are discouraged by Arian Foster’s groin injury that we still have a replacement at the running back position. All of the Texans quarterbacks had a strong showing last night, with Brian Hoyer 2-of-4 for 67 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Mallet 10-of-11 for 90 yard, and Tom Savage 8-of-14 for 97 yards and a touchdown. It’s obvious now why Head Coach Bill O’Brien had trouble picking the starting quarterback. Any way he chooses, however, I believe that the starter will have no problem leading the Texans offense.
With that being said, there’s a lot to expect from the Texans as they host the Broncos in their second preseason game. Ryan Mallet was named the starter for the second game, and I’m extremely excited for the former Patriots back up. He has a monster of an arm (as does Savage) and has great vision from his height. He knows the system from last year, and should have no problem meshing with his new receivers and creating big plays. Although Deandre Hopkins didn’t score a touchdown last night, I expect him to score at least one against the Broncos being the Texan’s number one deep threat.
Alfred Blue performed wonderfully for the Texans last night. I expect him to be the starting running back once again against the Broncos and rushing at least 65 yards. He has tremendous talent and subbed in for Foster last season when he missed games due to being hurt. Blue has great vision and explosiveness and I fully expect him to be the top Texans running back this season with Arian Foster out.
There’s a lot to be excited for this season for football, and I can’t wait for the Texans to come out making a statement this year.
Catch the second preseason game for the Texans on the 22nd on KTRK.