Rookie impacts, emojis & more | Dear Drew

The 2020 NFL season begins THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, when the Texans face the Chiefs in Kansas City at 7:20 p.m. CT. You can watch it on NBC, and listen to it on SportsRadio 610 am.

Drew Dougherty has been the host of Texans TV since 2009. He answers fan questions regularly, and if you have one for him, please click HERE.

Heather Garza: Dear Drew, Which rookie do you think will have the biggest impact on the team?
DD: It's looking like defensive lineman Ross Blacklock and cornerback John Reid. Outside linebacker Jonathan Greenard hasn't practiced lately because of injury, but defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver expects him to contribute eventually. Blacklock and Reid have made plays, and impressed the veterans with their ability and smarts through camp. Offensive lineman Charlie Heck and receiver Isaiah Coulter have been solid, but their positions are stacked.

Branson Thomas: Dear Drew, Is Jordan Thomas on the outside looking in?
DD: Nope. If you listen to head coach Bill O'Brien, quarterback Deshaun Watson and fellow tight ends Darren Fells and Jordan Akins, they've all talked about what a good camp Thomas has had. Akins specifically said Thomas is faster, knows more mentally and is in better shape. I think the Texans will keep Fells, Akins, Thomas and Kahale Warring on the roster this season.

Debbie The Texan: Dear Drew, When does the Texans emoji reappear after the #WeAreTexans ? Is that something the NFL does?
DD: Great question, Debbie. It'll be back this week. The Texans contacted the NFL about, and then they get in touch with Twitter. It'll reappear soon.

James Elvgren: Dear Drew, Is J.J. Watt going to retire or go play with his brothers after this season?
DD: Nah. Watt's under contract through 2021. He's healthy and energized about this season, and I'm expecting big things from the 3-time NFL Defensive player of the year.

Denis Burke: Dear Drew, I have been following Kahale Waring's career very closely since his early days @ SD State. Realistically, do you think Coach O Brien will give him the chance that a third round pick deserves? Yes, last year was a heartbreaker, but I got a real good feeling about #81.
DD: Yes, Denis, I think he'll make the roster. When he's practiced this camp, he's practiced well. He looked good in the 2019 rookie minicamp, and at the start of last year's training camp, too. Like I mentioned above, I think we'll see the Texans roll with four tight ends on the roster.

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