March 18, 2018

Texans Roster Evaluation: Defensive Line

In this series, we look at current Houston Texans who are still on the roster and under contract. We look at their potential role with the new regime and what it could mean for the 2014 season. 


Another position that all of a sudden looks thin due to three players on the defensive line up for free agency for the Houston Texans for this upcoming off-season. The Texans only have three defensive lineman under contract which makes this position group ready for upgrades which could result in two new starters for the 2014 season.


Defensive Line 

J.J. Watt

Once again Watt showed why he is one of the top players in the NFL and for the second season in a row, he was a one man wrecking crew. His stat line did not have the amount of quarterback sacks he did in 2012, but his disruption for offenses was at a high level. If it was not running down plays from the back side of the formation or pressuring the quarterback, he was dominating inside the trenches.

He has not gone since week nine of his rookie season without a quarterback sack, pressure or hit, and only two games in his career with any of those same stats. It was the second season in a row that Watt has totaled 80 tackles or more and double-digit sacks.

What he means for the defense is evident, and getting him some help in the front seven is priority for the upcoming season. Watt will continue to produce, but getting more difference makers next to him could help the team out for the upcoming season.


Jared Crick

Jared Crick

Jared Crick

Crick is a solid player, and was called upon this last season in run situations to take over for Antonio Smith. He plays average against the run, but offers very little in the pass rush department. He had some bright spots this last season and there was some growth in him as a player from his rookie season in 2011, which was a bright spot.

The defensive end has to find more ways to get on the field and contribute, and was the rotational defensive end for the Texans when Watt or Antonio Smith needed a break.

It is hard to think that he will be ready to start in 2014 and Crick at this moment is a backup and until he can fine tune his complete game, that is where he will stay.



Tim Jamison

Tim Jamison

Tim Jamison

Jamison was not the same after he tore his Achilles in 2012, and in 2013 the once impressive spark off the bench was hardly used. Jamison only played 43 snaps in 2013 and was inactive for 11 games, with 14 defensive snaps being his highest total of the season.

It was a big question mark on why Jamison was not used more and it felt that he was not completely healthy from his injury.

With Romeo Crennel coming to Houston, it is a high possibility that Jamison could be a victim of potential cost cutting cuts for the upcoming season. Jamison does not posses the size that Crennel looks for at the defensive line position and they could use is contract money elsewhere.







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