4 Texans poised for a breakout season in 2022

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Every season provides an opportunity for unknown players to emerge from the shadows and make a name for themselves throughout the NFL season.

The Houston Texans have players with plenty of potential, but have yet to manifest it consistently throughout their burgeoning careers.

Here are four breakout candidates for the Texans in 2022 — players who have a chance to stake their claim as cornerstones on the roster throughout the rest of their rookie contracts.

Davis Mills is too easy of a candidate and won’t be included. If Houston is competitive and winning at least six games, Mills will have broken out in some measure.

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LB Garret Wallow

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The former 2021 fifth-round pick from TCU played predominantly on special teams with 286 snaps compared to 180 on defense. Nevertheless when Wallow saw defensive snaps, he provided 1.0 sack, two tackles for loss, and a quarterback hit through 17 games, two of which he started. Wallow will be entering the second year under coach Lovie Smith’s system, which will provide him an opportunity blossom.

TE Brevin Jordan

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Another former 2021 fifth-round pick, Jordan had moments of production with 20 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns on 28 targets. The former Miami product has the potential to be a red zone threat, which is what would give second-year quarterback Davis Mills security anytime the Texans reached the 20-yard line. Given offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s offense is tight end friendly, it is only logical to presume Jordan makes the most of it.

WR Nico Collins

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This is the third year Collins will be working with Hamilton in some capacity, and he caught 33 passes for 446 yards and a touchdown. Brandin Cooks will command attention, which will give Collins the opportunity to take advantage. An expanded offense with more perimeter weapons means more chances for Collins to continue working against single coverage.

DE Jonathan Greenard

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It can be argued Greenard has already proved himself on the edge, but he has yet to have a dominant season that will make him the face of the Texans’ defense. Playing another year in Smith’s system as a down lineman, Greenard will have more veteran help in Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes. Throw in Maliek Collins coming back to play the 3-technique defensive tackle, and Greenard will have his chances to make an impact. If Greenard gets past he 10-sack threshold, he should enter the Pro Bowl conversation.

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