If you’ve missed some, catch up on the roster rundowns here… because THEY’RE EXCITING!!!:
Glover Quin – He’s probably our best corner right now. How scary is that? I like GQ as much as the next guy, but you know who else had a solid rookie season? Fred Bennett. SCARY. Let’s hope this guy is the real deal. When I talk about the attitude injection that the Texans got in 2009, I usually refer to three players: Brian Cushing, Antonio Smith, and Bernard Pollard. In fairness, I probably should have been including Quin in that group all along. He plays with a bit of a mean streak, and he packs a punch. Please, PLEASE avoid the sophomore slump.
Kareem Jackson – The further we get from the NFL Draft, the happier I am with this pick. I love that he was coached in a pro-style defense, thus might not need as much time to acclimate to the NFL as some other players (wishful thinking, perhaps?). He’s good in run support, he’s big, physical, and aggressive – and allegedly a good man-to-man defender. He’s already been handed a starting NFL job on a silver platter, and he seems like the type of kid who can handle that without a problem. Let’s just hope that this plan goes accordingly for the Texans.
Jacques Reeves – You just never know with Reeves. One week he looks like he’s suddenly learned the art of locating the ball, the next week, it passes directly in front of his facemask, and into an opposing WR’s hands for a TD. Clearly the Texans are most comfortable with him as a nickel corner, and to be truthful he has, in my eyes, improved SLOWLY but surely since he joined the Texans. He may have now plateaued, but I don’t think he is the same player now that he was when he first joined the team (that’s a compliment!).
Brice McCain – I really thought nothing of this acquisition in the Draft last year. I wanted McCain’s teammate, Sean Smith. McCain surprised a lot of us, though. Sure, he gets his head handed to him like most late-round rookies do, but they got way more out of that pick than I ever thought they would. Seeing as though his speed apparently doesn’t translate to the return game, I thought the guy was almost a sure thing for the practice squad last year. Instead, he saw significant playing time. Is that because he was that good, or was it because the guys in back of him were that undependable?
Antwaun Molden – Had high hopes for Molden when he was drafted, and I think the fans and coaches still do. Problem is, the guy can’t ever stay on the field for more than a week or two at a time. He hasn’t played much, he hasn’t practiced much – you just wonder if the team will get anything out of him. Well, this year the position is going to be very competitive so I suspect he will be a goner if he gets yet another “injury of undetermined severity” in camp.
Sherrick McManis – McManis seems like a very solid mid-round prospect. Doesn’t seem like a guy who is going to turn into a great pro cover corner, but guys drafted when he was rarely are. McManis is another aggressive guy who doesn’t shy away from contact, but from what I read he’s more the type to hang on and drag a guy to the ground. He doesn’t have the best jam at the line, either, but I’m sure the coaches will be drilling that into him soon enough.
Fred Bennett – Ouch, Fred. Bennett was on his way to fan-favorite status after a promising rookie year, but he’s been in the fan (and coach) doghouse ever since. The guy simply was guilty of making the same mistakes over and over again, and now he’s going to be in a fight for his life just to simply make it at the bottom of the depth chart.
Mark Parson – Parson spent a good part of 2009 on the team’s practice squad after coming in as an undrafted free agent. He was one of the better press corner prospects in last year’s draft, and so far that has at least gotten him this far. He might be a dark horse to sneak up and grab a spot at the end of the depth chart if things don’t go well with Molden and Bennett.
*Pierre Singfield – Singfield is an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State. He’s got decent size at 5-11, 196. That’s about the extent of my knowledge on him. If Parson makes the final 53, Singfield might have his eye on the practice squad.
What I expect
The top three will be as expected: Quin, Jackson, Reeves. After that, it’s a bit of a mess. McCain has earned his stripes, and with another year/offseason under his belt, he hangs on to his spot. Of the Molden/Bennett mess, I expect Molden to hold it together long enough to make the squad. I hate to say it, but I think Bennett gets the chop. If I’m not mistaken, the Texans kept six CBs on the roster for most of 2009. It’s WAY early for roster predictions, but as of now I think it’s Quin, Jackson, Reeves, McCain, Molden, and McManis. Parson hits the practice squad again, while Singfield and Bennett look elsewhere.
*Denotes a reported Undrafted Free Agent signing. These players are only reported to have signed with the Texans but as of this entry none of the signings have been confirmed by the team.