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Bill O'Brien: 'We could have 4 new starters in the offensive line'

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owner's meetings in Orlando, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien touched on the massive construction project that is the Houston offensive line.
Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski
Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking to reporters at the NFL owner’s meetings in Orlando, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien touched on the massive construction project that is the Houston offensive line.

Three 2017 starters (tackles Chris Clark and Breno Giacomini plus left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo) are gone in free agency. Right guard Jeff Allen has been a major disappointment, in part due to nagging injuries. O’Brien and the Texans have brought in a lot of new faces to help upgrade the line around center Nick Martin.

O’Brien stated that Julie’n Davenport will get a chance to win the left tackle spot. Davenport didn’t play particularly well as the team’s fourth-round rookie in 2017, but a full year of experience and NFL training can only help.

Expect the Texans to add another competitor or two into the mix, which now includes tackle Seantrel Henderson and guards Senio Kelemete and Zach Fulton. All three newcomers currently project as starters.