Derek Newton wins Texans’ right tackle job

The Texans have had one of the best offensive lines in the league over the past few years, both in run blocking and pass protection, thanks, in large part, to their scheme and continuity. The scheme is still there, the famous Gary Kubiak zone blocking scheme brought over from Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos, where Kubiak was an offensive coordinator from 1995-2005, helping Shanahan win two Super Bowls. However, the continuity is gone as financial reasons forced the Texans to give up starting right tackle Eric Winston and starting right guard Mike Brisiel this offseason.

The Texans have named their replacement for Winston, hoping that their scheme can make yet another unheralded draft pick look better than he is. Besides left tackle Duane Brown, no one on their offensive line last season was anything higher than a 3rd round pick, including two players who went in the 6th round or later. Derek Newton, who has won the job over Rashad Butler, was a mere 7th round pick in 2011. He figures to be a downgrade from Winston, but it might not end up being a position of weakness. I trust Kubiak and the Texans when it comes to offensive linemen.

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