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, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t think new Houston Texans new general manager Brian Gaine didn’t provide an immediate upgrade over drafts of recent memory. While Gaine was incredibly handicapped by decisions former GM Rick Smith made, having no first or second round pick didn’t stop the Texans from landing some premiere talent and immediately adding starters. Let’s take a look at what’s come to pass so far in H-Town:Round Three: Justin Reid, SafetyTaking the field in place of the temporarily absent Andre Hal, Reid has immediately put his name in the Defensive Rookie of the Year hat. He’s started eight games so far, delivered 60 total tackles (48 solo), forced and recovered one fumble, corralled three interceptions (including one he ran back for a 101-yard touchdown), and made clutch play after clutch play. Reid, along with Tyrann Mathieu, Kareem Jackson and the triumphantly returning Andre Hal, is part of the best safety corps the Texans have ever had, bar none. Round Three: Martinas Rankin, Offensive LinemanThe jury is still out on Rankin, who suffered a broken foot in preseason practice, and then took over for Julien Davenport for a few games at left tackle, with fairly disastrous results. It’s never easy to evaluate a mid-round offensive lineman early on Womens Seantrel Henderson Jersey
, so Rankin might still produce, but so far he’s provided more questions than answers. It’s premature to use the label “bust,” but if there is one in the draft class, Rankin is it right now.Round Three: Jordan Akins, Tight EndIt’s been so long since the Texans have had a solid tight end, it almost seems like a myth that they ever did. Now, not only do they have one, but two, affectionately known as the “Jordan Twins.”Akins, along with sixth rounder Jordan Thomas, have provided a glimpse of what Houston’s offense can do with quality tight end play. Let’s just call Akins TE1 for the next decade.Round Four: Keke Coutee, Wide ReceiverCoutee has been nursing a hamstring injury all season, but when he’s been moderately healthy, he’s shown flashes of record-setting brilliance a la Will Fuller V. Once next season rolls around and Coutee, DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller Ka'imi Fairbairn Jersey White
, and Demaryius Thomas all take the field with a clean bill of health, Houston’s passing attack is going to be lethal.Round Six: Duke Ejiofor, Defensive EndIt’s almost a clich茅 at this point that Houston will land a studly defensive lineman and/or linebacker in each draft. Ejiofor has a motor like J.J. Watt, a slipperiness similar to Whitney Mercilus of years past, and an uncanny nose for the ball like Jadeveon Clowney. All that from a third day draft pick.Round Six: Jordan Thomas, Tight EndAs mentioned earlier, Thomas has managed to contribute far more than one would expect from a sixth-round tight end. With 14 catches and four touchdowns (including two against the Dolphins), Thomas has already proven he deserves to be TE2 over incumbent Ryan Griffin.Round Six: Peter Kalambayi, LinebackerHere’s where Gaine finally seemed to slide into roster depth territory. Kalambayi hasn’t seen much action but seems to be a solid bench guy Houston can pull onto the field to spell starters when necessary and late in games where they have a comfortable lead.Round Seven: Jermaine Kelly, CornerbackIt’s hard to grade Kelly at all, as he hit the Injured Reserve list on September 3rd. But, if he’s the only guy Gaine drafted who doesn’t contribute in any meaningful way in 2018, you really can’t knock Gaine at all. It’s hard to state this is the best draft in recent memory, but it is tempting to say that. As with all drafts, looking back requires time and distance to really see them in full context.Armed with a much better suite of draft picks in 2019, Gaine should be able to properly stock the offensive line and add more depth in other areas. As of this moment Womens Zach Cunningham Jersey
, the Texans have at least one pick in every round (with two in the second).Based on their current season trajectory, they will pick in the bottom portion of each round. However, considering what Gaine pulled out in the third round and beyond last year, Houston should be sitting pretty next summer.What do you think? Are you ready to anoint Brian Gaine as the best general manager in Texans history? Lamenting the loss of Rick Smith? Don’t care either way as long as the Texans destroy the Colts this week? The Houston Texans fired back Wednesday at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: "You can't count on a black quarterback," in the comment section of an online news article where he was criticizing quarterback Deshaun Watson.Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District in the Piney Woods, about 75 miles north of Houston. In his post in the comment section of a story written by the Houston Chronicle and posted on Facebook, Redden referred to the last play of Sunday's game, in which Watson let the clock run down before completing a pass to DeAndre Hopkins in a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.Redden's full post read: "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback." It was quickly deleted, but not before another reader took a screenshot of it and sent it to the newspaper.Coach Bill O'Brien was asked on Wednesday what he thought about the post."I really don't want to waste a lot of time responding to outdated, inaccurate, ignorant, idiotic statements," he said. "I'll just let Deshaun (Watson's) proven success on the field, his character off the field, speak for itself. He's one of the greatest guys I've ever coached. He represents everything that's right about football, about life.""His teammates respect him Womens DeAndre Hopkins Jersey
, his coaching staff respects him, and in this day and age, it's just amazing that this B.S. exists," O'Brien continued. "But it does. But we're moving forward."Watson took a different tact, saying he didn't waste any time worrying about what Redden posted."That's on him," he said. "May peace be with him. I worry about me, so I'm not worried about what he has to say."Watson, who is in his second year with the Texans after leading Clemson to a national championship in the 2016 season, did acknowledge that he's dealt with racism throughout his life. But he added that he can't let it bother him."It's part of life," he said. "I can't control what other people what their beliefs are. I can control what I can control. I just focus on me, and that's it."Watson was then asked if he believes Redden should be fired."That's not my job," Watson said. "I don't make that decision."The Onalaska school board will convene a special meeting on Saturday to discuss Redden's contract. The board also released a statement on Tuesday night condemning his post."Onalaska ISD regrets that an inappropriate comment has been attributed to the district's superintendent," the statement read."The OISD does not condone negative comments or actions against any race. The district values every individual and therefore the district will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely."Redden told the Chronicle that he believed he was sending a private message when he posted the comment and told the newspaper that he based the comment on what he called the "limited success" of black quarterbacks in the NFL.Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt said he didn't want to give Redden or his comment any attention but did voice his support for his quarterback."I think it's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play than it should get," Watt said. "It's very unfortunate. But I trust him, I trust him a whole lot. We all trust him a whole lot."