d everyone’s fear that the Texans were incapable of beating an elite team. The 2018 Texans were a middle school bully that got away with picking on smaller http://www.texansfanshop.com/Lonnie-Johnson-Jersey , feebler kids. Once they got to the NFL Playoffs, it was like they graduated to high school and received the ultimate wake up call. The Texans had the easiest schedule in the league last season and took full advantage of it beating up on the Jets, Bills, Broncos, Redskins, and Dolphins. In their nine-game win streak, the twobest offenses they faced were the Colts and Cowboys; although both won a Wild Card game, they are far from the most potent offenses in the league, especially when they faced the Texans. Before we deconstruct the Texans’ secondary, let’s look at who all is on the Texans’ depth chart before free agency begins. In parenthesis is the number of years left on the player’s contract.CB Shareece Wright (FA), Aaron Colvin (3), Deante Burton (1), Kayvon Webster (FA)CB Johnathan Joseph (1), Johnson Bademosi (1), Kayvon Webster (FA)CB/S Kareem Jackson (FA)SS Justin Reid (3) Tytus Howard Jersey , Andre Hal (2)FS Tyrann Mathieu (FA), A.J. Moore (2), A. J. Hendy (2)Kareem Jackson was the highest paid player on the team last season who’ll be a free agent this offseason. He may demand the largest contract (among Texans’ defensive backs) in the market. At the age of 31, Jackson arguably had his best season last year when playing the nickel-safety position. But due to injuries creating a lack of depth at corner, Jackson was forced to revert back to playing on the outside. Jackson was named as a reserve for the Pro Bowl and finished the 2018 season with 87 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions. Since he was by far the Texans’ best secondary player last year, it’s hard to imagine the Texans not bringing back Jackson in a similar role. If the Texans cannot lock up the veteran defensive back before free agency begins, he will be tough to keep around; he could easily leave Houston in search of a defense that can best use his talents and/or are willing to pay him the big bucks on what will likely be the last big deal of his NFL career.Kevin Johnson had his fifth-year option exercised that will keep him in Houston through 2019 if the Texans want that to happen.K-Jo was brought into the organization to be the next franchise cornerback, but he was literally knocked out of the season after taking a nasty hit against the Patriots in Week 1. This was his second concussion in less than a month and forced the Texans to shut down the former first-round pick for the rest of the season. For Johnson’s own health and the sanity of the Texans, both parties should move on from this relationship. A foot injury in 2016 slowed him down. The MCL sprain he suffered after that may make it difficult for him to drive on the ball. The concussions definitely make it difficult to rely on him suiting up and contributing long term. Nevertheless, since the Texans already lack depth at the corner position, the most likely scenario is that Johnson enters the 2019 season on the Texans’ roster and in a position to be a starter. Still, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Brian Gaine cuts ties with the injury-prone corner.Speaking of Gaine, the new general manager performed well in his first year in the position. However Braxton Miller Color Rush Jersey , the signing of cornerback Aaron Colvin to a four-year contract was by far the worst misstep of last offseason. Playing the nickel corner position in Jacksonville was a pretty sweet deal for Colvin; A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey handled the opponents’ best receivers, allowing Colvin to frequently play against average talent. Colvin asked for a bigger role when he joined the Texans, but he was clearly not up to the task. He did suffer an ankle injury midway through the season, but even when healthy the Texans had seen enough from Colvin. In the biggest game of the season, the Wild Card game against the Colts, Colvin was a healthy scratch.It’s not exactly an endorsement of Colvin’s long-term fit in Houston that the coaching staff chose to go with another player like Shareece Wright instead of a high-dollar free agent acquisition.If you are like me and are ready to get rid of Colvin, you’re in luck. Just not yet.Colvin’s contract has an out in 2020 that the Texans should pursue if Colvin doesn’t improve in 2019. After next season, the Texans could liberate themselves of Colvin with just a $2 million dead cap hit.Next on the list are Shareece Wright and Kayvon Webster. Wright was signed in the wake of the Kevin Johnson concussion injury and played significant snaps this season. If you are a fan of the Texans and want to blame someone for the long passes the Texans gave up this season, look no further than Wright. At times, he was the best man-coverage corner the Texans had on their roster. Other times, he looked as though he was playing with lead cleats, especially if a receiver put any sort of double-move on him. Though he provided depth, Wright erred on too many plays to be kept as a backup corner. Webster was also brought in after Kevin Johnson’s injury and was working to recover from an Achilles injury that ended his 2017 season when the Texans signed him. Well, Webster’s 2018 season only lasted two snaps as he tore his quad against the Cowboys and was placed on Injured Reserve again. Two serious injuries in consecutive seasons give the Texans no reason to keep Webster on as a backup corner. Free agent Tyrann Mathieu, who many fell in love with the second he announced he would be joining the Texans Senio Kelemete Color Rush Jersey , had an up-and-down season (along with the rest of the secondary). Quickness and size appear to be too much for him at times, but he would absolutely set opposing players ablaze with devastating hits. Mathieu can play all over the field and fits into Romeo Crennel’s defensive system. Will Mathieu return to the Texans next season? He turns 27 in May, so the Honey Badger definitely has some years left in the league. In terms of continuity and leadership, the Texans should keep Mathieu and pay him well; other teams will be eager to bring him into the fold if he doesn’t stay in Houston.The last player to cover is 34 year old corner Johnathan Joseph. He has one year left on his contract, but does he have one more year left in the tank? T.Y. Hilton and other speedy receivers had field days against him. The off-coverage he must play to compensate for his lack of speed down the field allows for receivers to have a free release. Most likely, Joseph will be back for another season since the team is so thin at the corner position. The only two arguments for not flushing the toilet on the Texans’ entire secondary are depth and salary cap hits. The Texans do have a significant depth problem at the position that may take multiple offseasons to solve. Fortunately, they also have significant salary cap room to use, though much of that may go to keeping Jadeveon Clowney and re-signing Kareem Jackson and/or Tyrann Mathieu. Wiping the plate clean of this mediocre secondary sounds nice, but finding immediate and effective alternatives without losing excessive salary cap room will be a tall task for Brian Gaine this offseason. NEW YORK (AP) — Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. broke his lower right leg in the first quarter of the Broncos‘ 24-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday.It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined with a cracked bone in his lower leg. He'll have more tests in Denver on Monday.Harris said it's possible he could be back by the end of December. "If we make the playoffs, I know I'll be ready for that," Harris said.He said no surgery is anticipated at the moment."It really wasn't that painful," Harris said. "I didn't have the same power. I just knew I had to get checked out. When I got checked out, something was there."Defensive end Derek Wolfe suffered a rib injury in the second quarter.Standout Bengals receiver A.J. Green returned after missing three games with an injured toe on his right foot, hoping to give the Bengals' offense a lift, but he lasted only one quarter.Green reinjured the foot while running a route and came off the field for perhaps the last time this season Ibraheim Campbell Color Rush Jersey , slamming his helmet on the ground before leaving on a cart."He was obviously battling just to play," Bengals receiver Alex Erickson said. "I'm sure it's devastating to him and to the team."Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict suffered a concussion in the second half.Panthers tight end Greg Olsen limped off after reinjuring his right foot in the second quarter against Tampa Bay."I ruptured my plantar fascia. The plantar fascia on the bottom of my foot popped. It's just something we've dealt with since I've come back," said Olsen, who limped off the field early in the second quarter."Since I've come back, I've dealt with a variety of pain and whatever in my foot. … Today that plantar just finally had enough," Olsen added. "It kind of just ruptured on me. … That first play of the second quarter, I just came out of my stance and I just knew right away what happened. It popped pretty good on me."It's Olsen's third injury to the same foot. He missed nine games last season with a broken foot and had surgery but returned to play.Then he broke it again this year, did not have surgery and came back quickly. Now, it appears his season is over."It's just been obviously a very frustrating two seasons now," Olsen said.Buccaneers safety Justin Evans (toe) left in second quarter and did not return and safety Isaiah Johnson was evaluated during the second half for a concussion and did not return.Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati was carted off the field in the third quarter with a knee injury against Green Bay.Packers right guard Byron Bell and right tackle Bryan Bulaga each left in the second quarter with knee injuries.Cleveland cornerback Denzel Ward left in the first half against Houston with a concussion. Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi injured his biceps in the second quarter and didn't return.Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph didn't return after injuring his neck in the second quarter. Linebacker Brennan Scarlett injured his leg and didn't return. And offensive tackle Kendall Lamm left in the second half with a concussion.Rams running back Malcolm Brown left the game at Detroit with a shoulder injury. Lions linebacker Devon Kennard went out with a hip injury.Ravens offensive lineman Alex Lewis left the win at Atlanta with a shoulder injury. Falcons tight end Logan Paulsen went out in the second quarter with a knee injury.Colts center Evan Boehm (neck) left in the fourth quarter, forcing third-team center Josh Andrews into the game. The Colts were already without starter Ryan Kelly. Safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and linebacker Skai Moore (knee) also left their loss to the Jaguars.Bills center Russell Bodine left in the first quarter with a left leg injury and did not return against Miami. And Dolphins reserve cornerback Cornell Armstrong departed with a knee injury.Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes was evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter and ruled out for the rest of the game at New England. Patriots safety Patrick Chung was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.Seattle may have suffered a significant loss when guard D.J. Fluker had to be helped to the sideline early in the fourth quarter against the 49ers with a hamstring injury.Fluker has been a key part of Seattle's run-game resurgence and appeared very angry on the field about the injury. He did not return and left the field on a cart.