March 18, 2018

SOTT Mailbag: Vol. 1: Early Impressions

This is our first installment of our SOTT Mailbag and we answer some of our readers questions asking about particular Houston Texans players.


SOTT Mailbag Vol. 1

So we will answer this in a four parts.

1. Right now Cierre Wood seems to have to upper hand. He has looked the best running the rookie running backs and looks the most complete when it comes to running, receiving and pass protection. One thing is that he is faster on the field than his Notre Dame tape shows, he has been fun to watch.

Stephen McGee, #3, Quarterback

Stephen McGee, #3, Quarterback

2. Stephen McGee is still learning the offense and is behind the learning curve against the other QBs in camp. He has a strong arm is probably most athletic of the position group. Training camp will be the big test for him.

3. As for the UDFA that has impressed the most it has to be cornerback A.J. Bouye from UCF. You can go back and read our OTA reports and Bouye’s name comes up often. He stood out in rookie min-camp and he has not stopped in OTAs, and has a legitimate shot to make the 53 man roster at the end of training camp. At 6-0 and 183 lbs., Bouye has broken up passes and held his own against wide receivers, he is the early favorite.

4. As for Bryan Braman he is thinner than last season and he has checked in 242 lbs. for OTAs, but he played at 251 lbs. in 2012. His weight is a concern and it is hard to see him helping on defense. He has been working with the first team defense, but don’t read too much into that especially with two rookies learning the position and Brooks Reed getting some time on the inside. Braman will probably be the special teams standout he was once again and get little time on defense, but we are not expecting much more than that in 2013.


Week one versus San Diego on Monday Night, barring the injury bug.

SOLB: Brooks Reed

WOLB: Whitney Mercilus

ILB: Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton


Right now Lestar Jean is safe, but when DeVier Posey comes back from injury there could be some concern for Jean. Jean will have to take it to another level especially with Andre Johnson, DeAnder Hopkins, Keshawn Martin and Alan Bonner pretty safe to make the 53 man roster coming out of training camp. Jean will be in competition with Jeff Maehl for one of the wide receiver spots and it will come down to which one plays special teams the best to go along with what they can bring to the offense. He is under the microscope that is for sure.


Roc Carmichael has been working on the outside and nickle corner back, and he started off strong in OTAs. He is one of the faster players in the secondary for the Texans, but he has been buried in the depth chart it has been hard to see. Carmichael is still buried in the depth chart behind a solid secondary, but he will be a contributor on special teams and used in a pinch if injury hits. Carmichael talked to us after one practice and let us know about how finally getting some game action last season has really helped him want more, and he has not disappointed early this off-season.


Chris Jones, #95

Chris Jones, #95

Deji Karim has an uphill climb and right now he is on the outside looking in. Wood holds the upper hand on the third running back spot, and when Arian Foster returns it will shake up the depth chart again. As for the UDFA, running backs this is the early pecking order, 1. Cierre Wood 2. Dennis Johnson 3. Ray Graham. All three offer something different and when should pads get put on there will be a better idea on the three, it’s early but that is what we are seeing.

As for Terrell McClain (pictured above) and Chris Jones both are a work in progress, but McClain has been one of the more impressive defensive lineman in camp. McClain has been working at all positions on the defensive line and has handled the early workload well. As for the rookie Chris Jones, he seems like he is still learning the position and working hard to get it down. Jones will be fun to watch when training camp arrives because he made his living at Bowling Green working hard and relentless pursuit on the field. With that said David Hunter is the early favorite at the backup nose tackle behind starter Earl Mitchell. 


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