The Houston Texans ended their offseason program on June 14. Here's a look at how they fared:
Offseason grade: The Texans will enter training camp with more question marks than they had when they ended last season. They made a big move to trade quarterback Brock Osweiler, named Tom Savage their starter -- for now at least -- and drafted the player they hope is the quarterback of their future, Deshaun Watson. But while trading up to the No. 12 pick to draft Watson was an exciting move, he might not have a huge impact on the Texans in 2017 if Savage wins the quarterback competition during training camp. The Texans also lost quite a few pieces during free agency, including defensive starters cornerback A.J. Bouye, safety Quintin Demps and outside linebacker John Simon. Houston did not replace any of the three with free-agent signings and also failed to fix its offensive line. The unit struggled last season and does not have a set starter at right tackle after the Texans put Derek Newton on injured reserve. The Texans still return the majority of last season's No. 1 defense, but it remains to be seen whether they have made enough improvements to an offense that struggled so much in 2016. Grade: C
Move I liked: Drafting Watson was a huge risk, and like most draft prospects, the Texans won't know for a few years whether the move was worth the high price tag. But the Texans have not had a stellar quarterback in the franchise's 15 seasons, and general manager Rick Smith clearly wanted to change that. By swinging for the fences and drafting Watson, Houston hopes to end the trend of quarterback troubles, as it has used eight starting quarterbacks over the past three seasons. The Texans will start the season with a different starting quarterback for the fifth straight season.
Move I didn't like: Bill O'Brien wanted the Texans to re-sign Bouye to a long-term contract before last season because he knew what he would command on the open market if he had a good season in 2016. Bouye chose to bet on himself, instead taking a one-year deal so he could be a free agent after the season. Bouye had a breakout season and was rewarded with a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. While that would have been a lot of money to spend at cornerback given the Texans already had veterans Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson and 2015 first-round pick Kevin Johnson, Bouye was a valuable piece of the secondary in 2016 that finished the season ranked second in the league in passing yards. With over $34 million in cap space, the Texans could have brought Bouye back and still had money to spare.
Biggest question still to be answered in training camp: Can Watson beat out Savage at quarterback? At the end of the Texans' minicamp, O'Brien said Savage was the starter, but that he would have to continue to earn that job during training camp. Houston gave up a lot to trade up to draft Watson, and through the month-plus of offseason work he has participated in with the Texans, he has impressed the coaching staff. O'Brien said Watson still has a lot to learn, but he has made good progress in learning the offense and is getting better every day. It's still likely that Savage will open the season as the Texans' starter, but Watson will do his best to make it interesting during training camp.
Salary-cap space: $31,416,389 (source: Overthecap.com)
Undrafted rookie free agents signed: Eli Ankou, DT, UCLA; Erik Austell, C, Charleston Southern; Evan Baylis, TE, Oregon; Cory Carter, P, Texas Southern; Dylan Cole, ILB, Missouri State; Zach Conque, TE, Stephen F. Austin; T.J. Daniel, DE, Oregon; Matthew Godin, DE, Michigan; Deanté Gray, WR, Texas Christian; Justin Hardee, WR, Illinois; Rickey Hatley, NT, Missouri; Shaq Hill, WR, Eastern Washington; Bryce Jones, CB, Akron; Riley McCarron, WR, Iowa; Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Wisconsin; Dayon Pratt, OLB, East Carolina; Gimel President, OLB, Illinois; Daniel Ross; DE, Northeast Mississippi CC; Malik Smith, S, San Diego State; Chris Thompson, WR, Florida; Dee Virgin, CB, West Alabama; Avery Williams, ILB, Temple.
Restricted free agents signed: None.
Players acquired via trade: None.