HOUSTON (January 10, 2012) -- When the Texans opened training camp, right tackle Eric Winston says he wasn't expecting much from the incoming rookie class.
Winston had confidence in the choices that coach Gary Kubiak and
general manager Rick Smith made in the draft. He just hadn't seen
many first-year players mature quickly enough to make dramatic
impacts for their teams.
J.J. Watt, Brooks Reed and T.J. Yates have turned out to be
The three have all played pivotal roles in helping the Texans
(11-6) overcome myriad injuries to reach the postseason and advance to the second round. Houston plays at Baltimore (12-4) on Sunday for a berth in the AFC championship game.