Before we go into discussion about the Houston Texans Offensive Line and the FA/Draft discussion, I want to take a moment to talk about Houston Texans 2013 6th round draft pick, who’s never played a down in the NFL.
David Quessenberry, the 176th overall pick in the 2013 draft, was an offensive lineman coming out of a prolific college football career at San Jose State. His rookie season with the Houston Texans was cut short due to a season-ending foot injury, which placed him on IR. In 2014, after fatigue and a persistent cough during OTAs, David Quessenberry was given a diagnosis that changed his future in the NFL: non-hodgkins lymphoma. That diagnosis shook both Quessenberry and the team to the core. He was placed on the non-football illness list and began his fight.
In 2015, shortly after the end of the 2014-15 season, Quessenberry announced that he was officially in remission. He soon got back to conditioning and preparing for his eventual return to the NFL, with an unknown timetable for when that would happen. Quessenberry was placed on the non-football illness list again in 2015, showing the uphill battle he still had to get back into form. Quessenberry has taken the 2015 season to continue building back his weight, strength, and conditioning in order to increase his chance of landing a roster spot in 2016, and it looks like he may as close as ever to getting that chance.
I, for one, am championing for Quessenberry to get a roster spot for 2016. He is in his last year of his contract, and deserves the chance after a rather promising show in the 2013 preseason. His weight and upper body strength will be the question of whether or not he can handle the duties of offensive tackle, or even guard, but his determination thus far speaks loudly. Coming up on 2 years since initial diagnosis and 1 year in remission, Quessenberry has steadily added both strength and weight back into his form. If officially cleared to return by the OTAs, he’ll be out there playing his heart out.
The offensive line is a slightly weak link going into 2016, with some injuries and free agents to look at. Quessenberry will definitely be a conversation for the Texans in the near future. So, let’s give him a chance, and hope for a Quessenberry jersey to be spotted out on the field soon.