The Leftovers: Trade deadline chatter, Will Fuller's replacement, more

Drew Dougherty answered a few fan questions in the video above. He answered quite a few more in the article below.

Steve Hicks: Dear Drew, Will Deshaun Watson take a bus again and will the Texans arrive earlier to get used to altitude?
DD: Hi Steve. Watson's better, healthwise, so he's not taking the bus anymore this season, and the Texans will get to Denver the day before the game like normal.

Nick Battista: Dear Drew, We keep hearing we are going to use Joe Webb, III and Tyler Ervin more in the offensive game. With Will Fuller, V hurt is this something we will see?
DD: Nick, Fuller's injury means we'd likely see more of Sammie Coates and Vyncint Smith. Webb and Ervin are primarily special teamers, but Ervin's had a few more reps on offense with Keke Coutee's absence the last two games.

Charles Sneed: Dear Drew, Is D'Onta Foreman ready to start practicing!!!
DD: The Texans haven't made any announcements otherwise, so he's probably not going to practice this week. He's still on the way back from the Achilles injury, which happened November 19 last year.

Chris Royal: Dear Drew, Will Brian Gaine be more aggressive before the trade deadline than Rick Smith was?
DD: We'll soon find out, Chris. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that "there's always a chance" Houston makes a deal at the deadline. Last year before the deadline, Smith dealt LT Duane Brown to Seattle for, amongst other things, the Seahawks' 2nd-round pick this spring. It wasn't the deadline, but Smith also moved up aggressively in the 2017 Draft's first round to get Deshaun Watson.

I-Min Michael Mau: Dear Drew, What's changed with Kendall Lamm over the last year?
DD: Lamm had a tough opening day in 2017. But he was playing left tackle that afternoon against the Jaguars. Fast forward to this year, and he's done a solid job at right tackle since coming in the lineup in Week 4. The Texans haven't lost with him holding down the right side there, and he's provided some stability at the position.

Warren L. Boggs: Dear Drew, With the current success of our O-Line, where does Zach Fulton slide in when he's healthy again?
DD: Hi Warren. Greg Mancz has started the last two games while Fulton's been out with the ankle injury, and he's done a good job. I think Zach will likely slide back in as the starter when he's healthy enough to go, but Mancz's value has come to the fore yet again. At center, he started and played all but one snap in 2016, and has filled in at the guard spots the last couple seasons.

Eddie Hernandez: Dear Drew, Do you think Texans will get a future #1 Draft pick at running back in round one?
DD: No I don't, Eddie. At least not this April. I think the Texans will go with an offensive lineman or a cornerback. Or one of the many talented defensive linemen that will be in this year's crop.

Roberto Elizondo: Dear Drew, What is the status of the health of Deshaun Watson?
DD: He's good, Roberto. Nobody at this point in the season is ever 100 percent healthy, but Watson's had a little bit of extra rest, and has gone seven quarters now without being sacked.

Cameron Knight: Dear Drew, How excited is the team with this years draft class? A lot of our rookies are giving solid performances.
DD: You're right, Cameron: the Texans' rookies really are chipping in. O'Brien said last week the front office is liking the early returns. Justin Reid is playing every down at safety now, and has a pair of interceptions in the win streak. Martinas Rankin is getting some experience on the offensive line. The two tight end Jordans--Akins and Thomas--are integral parts of the offense, and the latter had a big night in the win over Miami. Wide receiver Keke Coutee forces the defense to hesitate, and has been a bigtime contributor. Only three punters in the NFL Trevor Daniel have seen more punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line than Texans' rookie Trevor Daniel. Those are just a few rookies who have stepped up big this season.

Brandon Shelvin: Dear Drew, When will we see Andre Chachere get a chance to play some CB?
DD: Brandon, the Texans might wind up pulling Chachere onto the 53-man roster soon. It all depends on how Johnathan Joseph and some of the other corners are doing health-wise. You're right though: the Texans like Chachere.

Michael Carroll: Dear Drew, Do you think the offensive line is improving and starting to work as a team?
DD: Clearly, Michael. Watson hasn't been sacked in seven quarters. He's not been hit much either in that span. Lamar Miller's peeled off a pair of 100-yard performances in that span as well. Both Watson and Miller singled out the offensive line playing so well as a reason for their success. It's been a unit that's taken some heat this season, but it's a unit that deserves kudos after the last two games.

James Garcia: Dear Drew, What is the longest win streak in Texans history and with the strength of the remaining schedule will our beloved Texans finish 13-3?
DD: Six games, James. They did that in 2012, starting with an October 21st win over the Ravens, and culminating with a December 2 victory at Tennessee. They flew home from Nashville that afternoon with an 11-1 record. As far as 13-3 this year, I'm cool with that. I'm also realistic, though, and can see a loss here or there before the season ends. But I'll say this: as long as Watson's under center, anything is possible. ANYTHING.

Nick Battista: Dear Drew, Hue Jackson is now available and is a great offensive coordinator. How likely is it the Texans will see what he can do for us?
DD: Not likely. At all.

Yolanda Ramos: Dear Drew, Do you think there's a possibility of the Texans finally winning the Super Bowl?
DD: There's always a chance, Yolanda. Especially with Watson at quarterback.

The Houston Texans defeated the Miami Dolphins at NRG Stadium for Week 8 of the 2018 NFL season.

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