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Improvements, returners and more | Dear Drew

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Max Blanco: Dear Drew, What's a realistic time for QB Tyrod Taylor to return?
DD: A week from Sunday at the Colts. Head coach David Culley was asked about Taylor's status on Monday morning at NRG Stadium, and Culley said the Texans will hopefully "get him back here in the next couple weeks." One thing to remember is that Taylor said in Cleveland, he could keep playing against the Browns. Culley would've kept playing him if it was late in the season.

Talon Kane: Dear Drew, Do you think the eventual return of Tyrod Taylor will be enough to turn the Texans' season around?
DD: Getting Taylor back, whenever that is, will be a major boost. Through three halves of football at the start of this season, Taylor completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 416 yards, with three touchdowns and zero picks. He'd also run five times for 65 yards and a score. He was moving the offense effectively, and his leadership was drawing rave reviews from coaches and teammates alike. His return will be a proverbial shot in the arm for the entire squad.

Safiya Hill: Dear Drew, Do you believe the team will show up and actually play against the Patriots?
DD: Yes, Safiya, I do. While they struggled Sunday in Buffalo, I certainly don't attribute the results to lack of effort. You wouldn't have seen the defense bow up and force four field goals when that group was often starting out on their own end of the field. Overall, the Texans made too many mistakes, committed too many penalties and turned the ball over five times against a great team on the road. It was the perfect recipe for a bad outcome, and that's what we saw.

Zachary Gibbins: Dear Drew, Would the Texans let J.J. Watt come back as a Texan to retire when he is ready to retire?
DD: I think so. I don't see him calling it quits anytime soon, though, but sure, that sort of scenario wouldn't surprise me.

Scott Mettey: Dear Drew, What can the Texans do to improve?
DD: Run the ball better. They're averaging just 3.2 yards per carry as a team. They also need to get back above water in terms of turnover differential. In the game, they had more takeaways than turnovers, and they were victorious, but when they had the same amount or turned it over more than they took it away, they lost. They get better in those two areas and things will look rosier.

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