With only a scant couple of weeks remaining before the NFL finally starts the regular season, position battles all over the league are starting to get tightened up and finalized as cuts continue to be made. The Houston Texans settled the question of their right tackle position when they named Derek Newton their starter.
Starting Newton makes sense from a couple of different angles. Butler, the 29-year-old veteran, is in the last year of his contract. You know what you will get from Butler as opposed to the 24-year-old Newton, who has a few more years left on his rookie deal. Newton has yet to hit his ceiling and will improve as he continues to adjust to NFL speed.
Gary Kubiak has reportedly said that they will not be platooning the two players and Newton will be the outright starter from day one onward.
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