March 21, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #15 D.J. Swearinger

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




The second round pick out of South Carolina was a work in progress for the Houston Texans, and D.J. Swearinger had enough of a positive impact for the defense when needed. Forced into action when Danieal Manning was placed on the injured reserve, Swearinger started 10 games while appearing in all 16 this season.

71 total tackles (54 solo, 17 assist) 4 pass deflections and 1 interception, Swearinger was the only true force from the safety position and that was while learning on the run. He has some busts out of the secondary and at one point played out of control against the Jacksonville Jaguars where he single-handed brought them back into the game with two consecutive penalties. It was moments like that questioned the maturity of Swearinger, but the reality is that he was the best safety on this defense.

He played with intensity and speed when he touched the field, and getting a true free safety behind him will only make Swearinger a better player. He has all the skill and football I.Q. to be a good player for the Texans and he showed flashes of that during his rookie campaign.

His second season will be an important season, especially with him coming in as the penciled in starter for the Texans at one of the safety positions. Swearinger had his ups and downs, but it still was a solid season for the rookie safety.


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