Tytus Howard, Max Scharping Helping to Improve Texans' OL

Texans started the same OL for the first time this season

Jeremy Branham
October 08, 2019 - 8:44 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – For the first time in the 2019 season Deshaun Watson did not get sacked in Sunday’s win against Atlanta.

“I think that’s a credit to the offensive line that he had a lot of time yesterday and he did a good job, because they have some guys up front with Grady Jarrett and (Vic) Beasley (Jr.) and (Takk) McKinley that can really rush the passer. So, our offensive line did a really good job,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said in his Monday press conference.

Keeping Watson clean was a big reason for the Texans’ offensive production against the Falcons, and stopped for a moment the disturbing trend of Watson taking a beating.  In the first four games of the year, Watson was sacked 18 times.

The Texans spent a lot of capital in the offseason improving their offensive line.  Even before the trade for Laremy Tunsil, the Texans used a first rounder on Tytus Howard and a second rounder on Max Scharping. 

In the Week 5 game against Atlanta, it was the first time the Texans used a starting offensive line for a second time this season, and Howard was at right tackle and Scharping at left guard. 

“They're playing pretty well, relative to being rookies. They've got to keep it going. That's the thing. Whatever they did in yesterday’s game really – it applies in some ways to this next week's game because it's another building block in their career, but you're only as good as the next game,” O’Brien stressed.  “ I’ll tell you what, those two guys are very smart. Tytus and Max are very smart players. I think they all rely on each other. I think that's just an area that we played well in yesterday. Offensive line played a good football game and we've got to have a great week of practice and try to play well again.”

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