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Rookie linemen must come through for Texans to erase stigma

HOUSTON -- It’s a stat that has been reiterated all offseason: The Houston Texans allowed an NFL-leading 62 sacks last season.

After only signing tackle Matt Kalil in free agency, Houston general manager Brian Gaine still had work to do going into the draft. Houston added two tackles: Alabama State’s Tytus Howard in the first round (No. 23) and Northern Illinois’ Max Scharping in the second (No. 55).

While the ideal scenario is that a rookie offensive lineman would not have to contribute immediately because there is "a big adjustment" for them, according to Texans coach Bill O’Brien, it’s likely Houston will have to rely on Howard, and perhaps Scharping, right away.