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Tytus the tackle, Ring of Honor, Cooks expectations | Dear Drew

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German Texan: Dear Drew, Tytus Howard was good at left tackle. Will he stay there?
DD: It looks like he will for the rest of this year. Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil remains on injured reserve (thumb), and while Head Coach David Culley is hopeful Tunsil can come back, there hasn't been any optimistic news that indicates he will. Howard played better at left tackle on Sunday than he had at guard throughout the year and it looks like he'll remain there for the rest of December and January. The day after the Jets game, Howard reflected on how it went playing left tackle.

"I felt like it was a pretty good first game for me and a lot to learn from," Howard said. "The only job is to get better and move forward."

Bethany: Dear Drew, What do you expect from Brandin Cooks this week?
DD: More of the same. Cooks is consistent. He's been the best player on offense this season, no matter who's thrown him the ball. His 40-yard touchdown catch was a tough one to make Sunday, and he brought it in. It was also a beautiful pass from QB Tyrod Taylor. Cooks has consistently shown up throughout the first 11 contests, and I'd expect the same high level of play in the final six.

Dee Rey: Dear Drew, With Andre Johnson on the Hall of Fame ballot, it got me wondering: Who's next in the Texans Ring of Honor?
DD: Amen, Dee. Andre's a Hall of Famer. As for the Ring of Honor, only Johnson and Bob McNair are in it. The only other lead-pipe cinch lock for the future is J.J. Watt. He'll go in whenever his playing days are finished. I think DeAndre Hopkins and Arian Foster are also deserving and their days will likely come down the line. Others who certainly deserve consideration are Johnathan Joseph and Gary Kubiak, and I could see them getting inducted in the coming years.

@Htowndawg: Dear Drew, Do the Texans still have a chance at the Playoffs or is it completely gone?
DD: Mathematically, the Texans haven't been eliminated from the playoffs, but Sunday's loss to the Jets ensured they'll finish below .500 in 2021. It's the first time the Texans have had consecutive losing seasons since 2005 and 2006. Since then, they had losing campaigns in 2010, 2013 and 2017, and followed each of those seasons with records above .500, but after a 4-12 in 2020, they'll be under .500 again. Getting to the playoffs in 2021 would only happen if Houston won out and a multitude of other wacky scenarios unfolded as well.

The Texans will host the Colts on December 5 at NRG Stadium in Week 13.Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets

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