Sources: Texans replace LT Tytus Howard with LG against Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The Texans are expected to move left tackle Tytus Howard to left guard Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars with Geron Christian starting at left tackle, according to league sources.
A former Alabama state first-round pick, Howard is considered an up-tackle and has ranked highly on analysis sites and coaching staff since returning to his natural tackle point.
The Texans (2-11) need Howard to step in at left guard against the Jaguars due to the departure of left guard Lane Taylor and the departure of right guard Justin McCray after testing positive for COVID-19. The Texans started Christian for five games in left tackle when Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil was placed on the injured reserve. Tunsil is currently not expected to return this season after undergoing thumb surgery earlier this season, sources say.
Howard, as long as the Texans’ health situation permits, is expected to return to left tackle next week against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Howard did not draw good reviews from the left guard. At 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, Howard has the size, athleticism, arm length and footwork required to be an effective tackle.
“Certainly I probably feel more comfortable with the left tackle because I’ve been tackling my entire career,” said Howard. “So it’s easy for me to adjust back to playing tackle rather than starting to play guard.”
Although Howard has been one of the lowest-rated goalies this season with an overall rating of 43.7, including a blocking rating of 41.5 points and a blocking rating of 57.3 assists. He got a much higher rating on the left tackle.
Signed on a four-year, $ 12.225 million contract that includes a fifth-year club option, Howard is in much better health this season. A year ago, he suffered a difficult offseason which included recovering from various injuries.
With Tunsil’s status unclear and Christian’s game inferior, the fact that Howard is playing a left tackle is another wrinkle for the NFL’s weaker offense. If Howard were to become a viable left tackle, it would create flexibility for the Texans as he could play both points down the right side. Houston could consider trading Tunsil.
Texans are looking for answers to several positions. It’s important to know where Howard fits best.
“Tytus has done a good job with everything we’ve asked him to do,” Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said. “He’s been pushed around, he’s played in different places, he’s played next to different people, which is always a challenge in this position because they all work together. Tytus did a good job on the left tackle and he behaved well. “