The Houston Texans are aiming to develop a winning culture after finishing 3-13-1 last season.
They haven’t entered the playoffs since the 2019 season, but they have a new quarterback in C.J. Stroud, who was selected second overall in the draft in April and is seen as having immense potential.
Houston also features a rookie wide receiver in John Metchie III, who was drafted in the second round last year.
He was unable to play for the entire season last year after being diagnosed with leukemia, and while he conceded there was some concern early on that he would be able to continue playing football, he claimed he relied on his faith to carry him through his rehabilitation, according to Arye Pulli on Twitter.
Texans WR John Metchie III said that in the beginning stages after his Leukemia diagnosis, there was some doubt on if he would ever play football again.
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Arye Pulli (@AryePulli) August 3, 2023
Metchie had 1,142 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his final season at Alabama, and Houston is hopeful he can develop into a difference-maker for them.
They are in the early stages of rebuilding, which began in earnest last offseason when they dealt star quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns.
Stroud threw for 41 touchdowns for the Ohio State University Buckeyes last season, and the year before that he threw for 44 touchdowns while guiding his team to a come-from-behind victory in the Rose Bowl, in which he tossed six touchdown passes.
DeMeco Ryans, the new head coach, arrives from the San Francisco 49ers and is seeking to develop a winning culture in Houston.
Since its inception for the 2002 season, the team has only won four playoff games and has never advanced to the AFC Championship Game.