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Texans Add OL Depth With Underrated Signing

Devon Platana
The Houston Texans added some offensive line depth on Thursday by signing former Green Bay Packers guard Lane Taylor.
The Houston Texans added some offensive line depth on Thursday by signing former Green Bay Packers guard Lane Taylor. / John McCoy/Getty Images
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In the 2020 NFL season, the Houston Texans were notorious for allowing opposing players to get to their quarterback. When all was said and done, the Texans allowed 3.1 sacks per game (tied for second-highest in the league). Keeping that in mind, the team set out with a goal this offseason to improve their offensive line.

Thankfully for Texans fans, it seems like the team is committed to protecting their quarterback going forward. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Texans added offensive line depth on Thursday by signing former Green Bay Packers guard Lane Taylor to a one-year deal.

Taylor has spent each of his eight NFL seasons as a member of the Packers. Unfortunately, injuries have kept Taylor out of the lineup in recent seasons. He only played two games in 2019 because of a biceps injury before only playing one game in 2020 due to a season-ending knee injury.

However, when healthy, Taylor is decent at guarding the O-line. In 2018 (his last "full" season), he was on the field for 882 offensive snaps, taking just 2 penalties while allowing 8 sacks. The sack total may be a little high, but Taylor likely won't be playing many starting minutes for the Texans unless there's a major injury.

With the Texans signing Taylor to just one year, it's a pretty low-risk move for the team. If he manages to bounce back after his injuries, that's great. If he ends up being a bust, it's not a big loss because it's just for a year.


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