The Houston Texans lost two key cogs of their offensive line to free agency in the offseason, and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain profiled the likely candidates to replace Eric Winston (right tackle) Mike Brisiel (right guard).
With four preseason games, expect a hefty amount of shuffling as those two roles get filled. per McClain, the current frontrunners are veterans Rashad Butler (tackle) and Antoine Caldwell (guard), but look for second-year tackle Derek Newton and guard Brandon Brooks to get a look, too:
When asked about the combination of Butler and Caldwell after the morning practice, coach Gary Kubiak said, "They’re doing a good job. They’re being pushed really hard. Brooks and Smith are pushing Caldwell. Newton’s pushing the heck out of Butler. It’s going to be a tough call. I couldn’t make that call today."
"They’re all holding their own," Kubiak said. "We’ll see how they handle the bright lights when we start playing. Hopefully, they’re all healthy. It’s a very, very tough decision, and it’s good for our team."
If Butler and Caldwell win the jobs and work well in 2012, the Texans could have the same problem all over again, as both are on the last year of their respective contracts.