Houston Texans 2010 Roster Rundown
Quick-hitting analysis on everything you need to know about the 2010 Houston Texans.
Head Coach: Gary Kubiak (5th year)
Coordinator: Rick Dennison
QB: Matt Schaub
Lack of arm strength makes him a good, but never great, quarterback. Still, has enough command of this system and chemistry with receivers to be The Guy.
RB: Steve Slaton
Followed impressive rookie campaign with a disappointing sophomore season. Fumbles and hesitancy were problems. Can bounce back, but spent the offseason recovering from neck surgery.
RB: Ben Tate**
Thick downhill runner who was drafted in Round Two to give this zone-based rushing attack some much-needed power.
FB: Vonta Leach
Veteran who quietly goes about his business. He may want to make a little more noise now that Justin Griffith is on the roster.
WR: Andre Johnson
The best wide receiver in football. Period. Most underrated aspect of his game: run after catch.
WR: Kevin Walter
Consummate possession receiver. Consistently snags passes away from his body and over the middle of the field.
WR: Jacoby Jones
Off-field partying has prevented the fourth-year pro from recognizing his sky-high potential. But coaches are extremely encouraged by the maturation he showed this past offseason.
TE: Owen Daniels
The best receiving tight end in the league is looking to bounce back from a torn ACL and obtain a long-term contract.
TE: Joel Dreessen
Built like a blocking tight end but moves well enough to be a factor in the passing game.
LT: Duane Brown
Made good progress in Year 2 last season. Athletic enough. Key for him will be exerting more force on contact.
LG: Kasey Studdard
Son of Gary Kubiak’s former Bronco teammate Dave Studdard has solid quickness and mobility but must sustain blocks better, particularly in pass protection.
C: Chris Myers
Gets overpowered in a phone booth, though has a nice feel for operating in this scheme.
RG: Mike Brisiel
Undrafted veteran should reclaim his starting job from Antoine Caldwell and Chris White after missing the final 11 games last season with a foot injury.
RT: Eric Winston
Struggles to maintain balance in space. Must improve his strength to compensate for mediocre athleticism.
6 OL: Wade Smith*
Signed a four-year, $12 million contract to compete for a starting job inside. Has been a solid utility backup for most of his career. Don’t expect that to change.
Coordinator: Frank Bush
LDE: Antonio Smith
Critics gripe about his 4.5 sacks last season, but his speed and tenacity make opposing linemen work. He’s living up to his contract.
DT: Amobi Okoye
Dropped 16 pounds in an effort to become more of a gap-attacker. Good idea, the fourth-year pro has been far too average as a clogger.
DT: Shaun Cody
Doesn’t have the strength or girth to take on double teams in the run game.
RDE: Mario Williams
A little more consistency as a playmaker would make him the best defensive end in the league. Startling quickness for a man of his thick build.
5 DL: Connor Barwin
Speedy, energetic straight-line pass-rusher who could be a good one if he develops some moves.
SLB: Brian Cushing
Has all the athletic gifts you could want, and shows a veteran’s understanding of the game. Of course, the question is, how good can he be playing within the rules?
MLB: DeMeco Ryans
Coming off a career year. Signed a well-deserved six-year, $48 million contract ($21.75 million guaranteed).
WLB: Zac Diles
Very solid player who gets overshadowed in this star-studded linebacking group. Sheds blocks, runs well and plays with strength.
4 LB: Xavier Adibi
Fluid athlete who is equipped for the weak side but will fill in on the strong side while Cushing serves his suspension.
CB: Kareem Jackson**
Texans drafted him in the first round because they like his physicality.
SS: Bernard Pollard
The former Chiefs dud is becoming a star in this system. The difference? He’s being asked to play in the box more often, which has replaced his reactionary mind-set with an aggressive one.
FS: Eugene Wilson
Decent, but only decent. Run defense is good, but Houston needs him to be more of a rangy cover artist.
CB: Glover Quin
Future looks bright as a No. 2. Firm on outside, and can also slide inside to cover the slot.
NB: Brice McCain
Sixth-round pick a year ago who took advantage of his opportunities and captured a meaningful role. Has 4.3 speed.
6 DB: Domonique Barber
Has had a few chances at free safety but is still learning the game at this point.
K: Kris Brown
Uncharacteristically missed 11 field goals last season. Now, the original Texan must defend his job from Neil Rackers.
P: Matt Turk
It’d be cool if the 40-year-old veteran brought back his single-bar facemask. He’s still eligible for it under the NFL’s grandfather rules, isn’t he?
RS: Andre’ Davis
Long-striding athlete who is a threat to go the distance, including as a receiver on offense.
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