The Houston Texans are coming off an AFC Divisional Round appearance after going 10-6 and winning the AFC South. Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt will keep the Texans relevant, but the roster underwent huge changes at the start of free agency after DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts landed Philip Rivers and the Tennessee Titans just made the AFC Championship Game, leaving the Texans with work to do. The Texans will need standout seasons from key players to stay atop the AFC South next year. Here are three players that could be set for make-or-break seasons in 2020.
1. David Johnson, RB
David Johnson hasn't even played a snap in a Texans uniform, but 2020 will definitely be a make-or-break year for him. Arguably no running back in football will have more pressure than David Johnson in 2020. Some Texans' fans were appalled when Bill O'Brien shipped off DeAndre Hopkins for Johnson and two draft picks outside the first round. Johnson needs to show he can be the healthy, dynamic back he was in 2016. Johnson struggled with injuries last year and was quickly supplanted by Kenyan Drake in Arizona, eventually totaling just 715 all-purpose yards. Now the primary back in Houston, Johnson will need to prove he was worth the price the Texans' paid, or else the fans could quickly turn on him.
2. Will Fuller, WR
With Hopkins gone, Will Fuller should get more opportunities to shine in Houston. Although, Fuller is a talented receiver, injuries have kept him from ever reaching his full potential. He played just seven games in 2018 and 11 in 2019. Consequently, he's never had more than 700 yards in a season, mostly staying in a secondary role. Fuller is entering a contract year, and 2020 will be a critical season as he searches for a long-term payday.
3. Senio Kelemete, G
The Texans signed Senio Kelemete to a three-year deal in 2018, but his role has been reduced amid the rise of 2019 second-rounder Max Scharping and a wrist surgery that kept Kelemete out for all but Week 1 of 2019. Kelemete will need to play his way back into the starting lineup with Zach Fulton, Scharping, and Nick Martin established on the offensive line, along with the expected healthy return of 2019 first-round RT Tytus Howard. Kelemete's contract is expiring and he's about to turn 30. That makes 2020 a key year for him on a professional level and for his future with the Texans.
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