One of the countless luxuries of having a roster as talented and deep as the AFC South-champion Texans is that it affords the club the opportunity to bring along younger players at a pace that best suits them.
For instance, the team's two third-round picks, WR DeVier Posey and OG Brandon Brooks, simply weren’t ready to contribute early in their rookie seasons. Posey needed time to knock off the rust after missing much of his final season at Ohio State because of a suspension, and Brooks’ learning curve coming out of Miami (Ohio) was a bit steeper than that of fourth-rounder Ben Jones, the former Georgia Bulldog-turned-Texans starting right guard.
Posey and Brooks are coming on at the right time, though.
Posey, a former Big Ten standout and vertical threat, had the best game of his young career against the Colts in Week 15, catching all three passes thrown his way for 46 yards and getting his largest chunk of snaps yet. Meanwhile, the physically imposing Brooks (listed at 6-5, 340 pounds) also played his best game, filling in for Jones for 29 percent of the offensive snaps.
Head coach Gary Kubiak has shown a willingness to reward young players with more chances as they earn them on the practice field. That is happening once again in Houston, where an already dangerous team is getting even more weapons at its disposal just as the stakes continue to grow.