Ed Reed leads the Ravens with four interceptions. (Don Wright/Associated Press) Ed Reed, a Raven for his entire career, joins the Texans. (Don Wright/Associated Press)

Houston Texans

Last season’s record: 12-4

Key player released: WR Kevin Walter

Key free agents lost: FB James Casey, S Glover Quin, LB Connor Barwin, RB Justin Forsett, CB Alan Ball, P Donnie Jones, K Shayne Graham, T Rashad Butler, S Quintin Demps

Key free agents re-signed: CB Brice McCain, T Ryan Harris, LB Tim Dobbins

Key free agents added: S Ed Reed, FB Greg Jones, P Shane Lechler

Draft

Rd. 1 (No. 27 overall)… DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

2 (57)… D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

3 (89)… Brennan Williams, T, North Carolina

3 (95)… Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

4 (124)… Trevardo Williams, DE, Connecticut

6 (176)… David Quessenberry, T, San Jose State

6 (195)… Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State

6 (198)… Christopher Jones, DT, Bowling Green

6 (201)… Ryan Griffin, TE, Connecticut

Analysis: The Texans are trying to make the jump from Super Bowl contender to actual Super Bowl participant. So they went out and got a been-there, done-that kind of player by signing safety Ed Reed in free agency.

The question is whether Reed, at this point in his career, remains a game-changing player. He has totaled a modest — by his standards — seven interceptions in the past two seasons. He turns 35 in September and he missed offseason activities with the Texans after undergoing hip surgery.

Still, Reed managed to play in all 16 regular season games for the Ravens in each of his final two seasons in Baltimore. He had an eight-interception season as recently as 2010. There are reasons for the Texans to hope, even with the issue with his hip, that he can be a significant offseason addition.

The Texans hope they can say the same thing about wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, their first-round draft choice. Houston wideout Andre Johnson expressed his hope before the draft that the team would use its first-round pick on a receiver, and the Texans did just that.

This is a team looking to add the final pieces to a possible Super Bowl winner, and the ability of Reed and Hopkins to be significant contributors as newcomers could help determine whether the Texans make that jump.

Why Redskins fans should care: This was the offense that Kyle Shanahan, now the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, helped to mold before he joined his father in D.C., and even now he deserves some of the credit for what the Texans have become on offense.

Conversation starter: Does Reed have another good season — or seasons — in him after moving from Baltimore to Houston as a free agent?

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