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Houston Texans offensive lineman Greg Mancz signed a 1.9 million dollar restricted free agent tender Monday, keeping him as a valuable backup for one more season.

Greg Mancz won the Vern Smith Leadership Award in 2014 as a senior at Toledo, an award which is given to the best player in the MAC conference (The man, the myth, the legend: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle).

Last year, Mancz was extremely disappointing, posting a 39.0 grade that ranked 68th among all NFL guards according to Pro Football Focus. This was after his job got taken away by rookie Nick Martin, who also had a disappointing season that was abruptly ended by an ankle injury.

Despite playing horribly last season, the entire offensive line unit was even worse, so keeping Mancz was a necessary move because he is a good player who will provide some much-needed depth.

And there is reason to believe Mancz could end up being more than that in the future. An undrafted rookie out of Toledo, Mancz has been praised by head coach Bill O’Brien and offensive line coach Mike Devlin for his solid technique and toughness.

In addition, Mancz is still a young player at the ripe age of 25, and has a lot of time to improve and become an efficient offensive lineman.

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