Martinas Rankin, a rookie offensive lineman selected by our Houston Texans in the 2018 NFL Draft apparently broke his foot in rookie minicamp, it was just revealed. He has already undergone surgery for the injury and is “expected to be ready for the regular season.”
While the Texans are expecting him to be “ready” for the regular season, that hardly means he’ll be up to his former standard of play and capable of being a major contributor to the team. Assuming the coaching staff allows Rankin the proper time to heal from this injury, he’ll still have missed out on a summer of learning to play as a unit with his teammates.
Of course, I’m not advocating a rushed recovery process for Rankin or any other athlete; all players, especially professionals, need to take the fully recommended period of rest and rehab to preserve their athletic futures. I’m just pointing out that, with Rankin on the sidelines, we as fans may need to question the strategy of picking just one offensive lineman in the draft…
Here’s hoping that Rankin recovers quickly and that I’m wrong about the management’s slightly questionable team strategy! How do you think the Texans’ 2018-19 season is shaping up? Let me know in the comments!