March 19, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #18 Jeff Tarpinian

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season. 




On October 27th, the Houston Texans added a not well-known linebacker name Jeff Tarpinian. Tarpinian has a story that you can’t but help respect for what he has been through with a surgery to his brain that cut short his NFL time with the New England Patriots. The Texans picked him up for an injured Brian Cushing after the Carolina Panthers cut him loose off of their practice squad.

Tarpinian was thrown into the mix against the Arizona Cardinals where he put together an impressive series of plays. In the following game, he started in place of Joe Mays against the Oakland Raiders and posted 10 total tackles and a pass deflection. The one over-looked factor that Tarpinian brought was his ability to cover in space as a linebacker, which is one position that the Texans have struggled to find.

He replaced both Darryl Sharpton and Joe Mays in the defensive dime personnel and actually made that package for the Texans better in the middle of the field. Teams made sure they got Tarpinian off the field and put the regular defensive personnel on the field because of the match up problem Tarpinian caused for offenses.

He appeared in 8 games for the Texans, started 3 and produced 22 tackles with .5 sacks and a pass deflection. Keeping him around for the 2014 season could be a good thing for a defense that has zero inside linebacker depth at the moment, and having him contribute again on special teams and coverage on defense will be a welcomed sight for the upcoming season.



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