Texans O-Line could be in for more changes
The Texans offensive line has already had a number changes through three games and more could be coming. With the latest injury to Senio Kelemete, Greg Mancz could start in Houston’s Week 4 matchup at Indianapolis.
“Not sure about Kelemete right now, probably will know better about Kelemete in the middle of the week for you,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Mancz is a fighter. He’s a smart player, tough guy, and he did okay.”
Mancz started at left guard for Kelemete, who suffered a knee injury in warmups prior to the Texans Week 3 game against the New York Giants.
It was the third consecutive week with a different starting offensive line. Both starting tackles have changed since the start of the regular season. Right tackle Seantrel Henderson underwent season-ending ankle surgery after his Week 1 injury. Starting left tackle Julién Davenport moved to right tackle for Week 2, while rookie Martinas Rankin took over the blind side for Week 2.
With five players working to build chemistry, the Texans offensive line has had its share of penalties and early challenges. Second-year tackle Davenport, who spent most of training camp working at left tackle, has also struggled after his switch to the right side.
“Yeah he’s (Davenport’s) struggling and we just to got to work with it and keep getting better,” O’Briens said. “We’re definitely looking at that position. He’s a good guy. He’s going to work hard to get better but he needs to improve no doubt.”
Every week, the team brings in players for tryouts on Mondays and Tuesdays. The offensive line could be among the position groups that the Texans look to add depth and improve in the weeks to come.