Vandermeer's View: Texans historic haul


It's the biggest single day talent gain for the Texans since the expansion draft in 2002. The acquisition of a new starting quarterback, running back and two offensive linemen is stunning in such a short amount of time.

It's been nine years since the Texans have made a splash this significant. In March of 2007 they traded for Matt Schaub who would be their starter for seven years. By inking Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller they will fill two huge needs and dramatically upgrade their offense.

Osweiler has only seven starts under his belt but they're fresh and he helped Denver win some crucial games on the way to a division title before Peyton Manning took back the reigns. He comes across as a leader and someone who is ready for a huge opportunity like piloting the Texans attack.

Every player has a unique journey and Osweiler has seen some twists and turns on his road to Houston. The Broncos pulled him early in the second half of the last regular season game against San Diego.

Had they left him in we might be having a very different conversation today.

In that game, Emmanuel Sanders fumbled at the Charger five-yard line when the Broncos were about to go up 14-3. There was a pick that bounced off the open hands of Jarius Norwood and one more 'hit-as-he-throws;' interception. Osweiler was lifted after C.J. Anderson fumbled early in the third.

We'll never know what the butterfly effect of leaving him in might have been but with Manning doing so little on Denver's magical post season run one wonders if Osweiler might have been available in free agency at all if he started and won Super Bowl 50.

So here we are with the Texans making a gigantic move for a starting signal caller. Osweiler has experience in two pro different systems; Kubiak's and the one that Mike McCoy and Adam Gase were running, which is more similar to Bill O'Brien's. He'll have the full off season to adjust and be ready for opening day.

Miller becomes the most high profile free agent running back the team has signed since getting Ahman Green the same month they signed Schaub. But the comparisons should stop there. Green was a four time Pro Bowler but he had just turned 30 and couldn't stay healthy. Miller is a spry 24 years old and could break out in this system. He's a superb athlete who should be a lot of fun for O'Brien and George Godsey to work with.

Jeff Allen and Tony Bergstrom will bolster an offensive line that lost two starters to free agency.

There's much more to do. More in free agency and the entire draft. But this was as big an off-season day as this franchise has ever experienced. Open day is still six months away and it can't get here soon enough.

Check out a collection of the best shots of QB Brock Osweiler.

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