What's buzzing:

Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers

Pro Football Weekly
Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers
.

View photo

Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers

The Texans likely will head into their second straight offseason without any glaring needs. Matt Schaub’s critics might disagree, but the QB, who just received a contract extension last offseason, isn’t going anywhere.

Fans will continue to call for more wide receiver help. The rookies drafted last April, DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, have only made sparse contributions to the passing game, and while Andre Johnson is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, he will be 32 when next season begins.

Yet, we hear the club remains high on Martin, Posey and Lestar Jean. Posey, in particular, has gotten much more comfortable after needing an extended period to shake off the rust from being inactive due to a suspension much of his final collegiate season at Ohio State, and should be poised for a bigger year in 2013.

Another area that would seem to be a priority is inside linebacker, what with Brian Cushing coming off season-ending knee surgery, Bradie James viewed as more of a stopgap and Darryl Sharpton again proving difficult to count on because of injuries.

The way we hear it, the Texans have actually gotten great mileage out of backups at the position this season. Veterans Tim Dobbins and Barrett Ruud, in addition to James, have done a solid job defending the run even in Cushing's absence. More, in Wade Phillips’ defense, the position opposite Cushing isn’t considered all that valuable because the player comes off the field on passing downs.

That was a big part of the reason why DeMeco Ryans was deemed expendable last offseason. It’s the same reason the Texans likely won’t invest any high-round picks there this April, either.

View Comments (1)
  • Boston's bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

    Boston's bummer summer: Sox slump, Olympics snub, Brady out

    After the winter of their discontent, it's been one bummer of a summer for Bostonians. Forget the footballs: All of Beantown feels a little deflated right now. Patriots Nation, just a few months ago drenched in celebratory champagne over New … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Japan dismisses plagiarism claims over 2020 logo

    Japan dismisses plagiarism claims over 2020 logo

    By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympics organisers said there is no problem with their new logo after discussions arose about possible plagiarism, with internet commentators suggesting there was a resemblance to an overseas design. The … More »

    Reuters - 10 minutes ago
  • Olympics-Japan dismisses plagiarism claims over 2020 logo

    (adds quote from Organising Committee) * Logo said to resemble Belgian theatre motif * Criticism mounts for 2020 Games organisers By Elaine Lies TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympics organisers said there is no problem with their new logo … More »

    Reuters - 19 minutes ago
  • Dodgers rally by A's with 5-run 7th

    Dodgers rally by A's with 5-run 7th

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez delivered the go-ahead, two-run double during the Dodgers' five-run seventh inning, and Los Angeles rallied from a three-run deficit for a wild 10-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday … More »

    AP - Sports - 23 minutes ago
  • Wednesday's Scoreboard

    Wednesday's Games … More »

    The Canadian Press - 32 minutes ago