It is too early to try and figure out how O’Brien will transform the Houston Texans, but here are some quick stats from the 2013 Penn State team that may give some insight into the running and receiving game we may see in Houston in 2014.
Running Backs- Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton, and Akeel Lynch rushed for a combined 2,150 yards and 18 touchdowns. All three running backs have similar physicals stats compared to Arian Foster.
Receiving– 6 different wide receivers scored at least one touchdown, and running back Bill Belton scored two receiving touchdowns. Tight ends Jesse James and Kyle Carter combined for 555 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide receiver Allen Robinson led the team with 97 receptions, 1,432 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns.
It seems that Ben Tate will find work elsewhere, so the dedication to the running game is encouraging for those interested in drafting Arian Foster. Houston may try to bring in a change of pace back so as not to ware out Foster, but the rushing game looks like it may have more of a commitment from O’Brien.
The use of involving multiple wide receivers and tight ends could hurt the perspectives for Owen Daniels and Garret Graham, but it may turn them into a poor man’s version of how Gronk and Aaron Hernandez use to function. 32 year old Andre Johnson will probably become the favorite target of whoever takes the helm at quarterback next year, so we will have to wait and see if DeAndre Hopkins is able to find himself in the mix.
Again, without knowing who will still be in Houston and how the draft turns out, it is a little too early to speculate on how O’Brien will operate his offense. It never hurts to get a jump start though, and O’Brien press conferences are something you will want to pay attention to throughout the offseason.
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