A Lot Rides On Davenport

Texans Hopeful Second Year Pro Will Secure LT

June 05, 2018 - 8:04 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Left Tackle, while not the most glamorous position, will be one of the most critical to the success of the Texans offense in 2018.

It’s expected that Julie’n Davenport will get the first crack at the position for the Texans.  A second-year player that was drafted out of Bucknell in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Texans coaches were encouraged with how Davenport looked in the last two games last year against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. 

“He actually graded out pretty good against Watt’s brother.  Then Colts’ (game) he improved in his run game and kind of put it all together,” Texans Offensive Line Coach Mike Devlin said.

The staff also likes what they’ve seen from Davenport in OTA’s, but also know that it’s tough to grade him until the pads are on.

“We’re going to need to see Clowney bull rush him and we’re going to need to see Watt to know the true test,” Devlin said.

Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins will get most of the attention, but in a patchwork offensive line, it’s Davenport that could make or break how good the offensive line is.

“He’s really made a lot of progress. He played at the end of the year and he held his own against some pretty good defensive ends. That was a good beginning for him, and I think he’s built on that,” Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said.  “He really did a good job in the time that he was away from here working out because when he came back here, you could tell he was in shape and ready to go. I think he’s had a good spring. He just needs to try to keep getting better every day.”