We're going to do something a little bit different with the Texans' mailbag this week.
We'll answer several questions on a variety of topics like a regular mailbag on Saturday. We'll dive into one question on Sunday that needs a little bit more space and discussion.
Let's get to it, thanks for your questions. Send them any time with the hashtag #TexansMail.
@taniaganguli #TexansMail is Savage in the running for the starting QB job or is it just between Mallett and Hoyer - shane jumper (@shanejumper) June 2, 2015Ganguli: Right now the main competition is between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. They were signed this offseason to compete to be the Texans' starting quarterback. Hoyer had more leverage than Mallett, aided by the New York Jets' expressed interest, and so he's here on a richer contract. Savage was in a developmental role all last season. He has improved a lot since then and that's a positive for the Texans because they don't know if they'll need him at some point during the season. Right now, though, he is still a developmental quarterback. Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph are the starters, leading what might be the deepest position on the Texans' roster. At safety, the players have said they've been told both spots are up for grabs. I'd say Rahim Moore is a good bet for one of those spots. Someone young is a likely possibility at the other spot, and Stevie Brown, who signed late in free agency, is also possible, though in the past his strengths have been similar to Moore's.
@taniaganguli #texansmail who do you think will be the starting o-line? - GILES LAMONT (@GilesGman) June 4, 2015Ganguli: My expectation is: left tackle Duane Brown, left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, center Ben Jones, right guard Brandon Brooks and right tackle Derek Newton.
Ganguli: I'd bet somewhere between 65 and 75 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps for Vince Wilfork. They'll take him out on most passing downs. Last season he played in 73.8 percent of the Patriots defensive snaps. The year before that, he played in onlt four games due to injury, but he was closer to 60 percent that year.
What percentage of def plays do you think Wilfork will be in for? #TexansMail- Chad (@csoptick) June 5, 2015
Ganguli: His role will be impacted by Wilfork's presence. For 2015 I expect Nix to back up Wilfork and take over in case of injury or some other unforeseen circumstance. This will be a transition period for the Texans as they hope Nix works his way into being the team's starting nose tackle. They drafted him in 2014 to be a starter but had to call in reinforcements when he landed on injured reserve. They've spoken a lot more positively about Nix in the past few weeks than prior, so that could be a good sign for his future.
@taniaganguli how much will Nix contribute this year?— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) June 5, 2015
Ganguli: The collective bargaining agreement allows pads starting the fourth day of training camp, or the third day of training camp practices.
#TexansMail when do they put pads on?— David Millican (@davidmillican) June 5, 2015