March 20, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #17 Joe Mays

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




The Houston Texans were once again dealing with injuries heading into training camp and went to the free agent market to find another inside linebacker. The Texans found Joe Mays who instantly came to the team and made a mark, one good enough to start from day one next to Brian Cushing.

Understand that Mays was a good complement to Cushing and provided the inside force to the free roaming Cushing. When Cushing went down, Mays turned into an every down linebacker which was not his strength for the team. He was a liability in coverage, but his real strength was what he was able to do in the box for the run defense. A hard hitter and throwback linebacker, Mays tallied 67 total tackles, 1 sack, a safety and 3 pass deflections. Here on a one year deal, Mays made a case for the Texans to possibly bring him back for next season because of his hard-nosed play.

Appearing in 14 games, starting 13 and missing two to a knee injury, Mays was one of the few bright spots on a defense that struggled at times. Mays, when paired with the right player like Cushing, could be an asset to this team.  His value for the team and his contract could be too good to pass up for next season.



Texans Top 20 of 2013: #18 Jeff Tarpinian

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