March 19, 2018

Texans Roster Evaluation: Cornerbacks

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. 

Only two real known quantities for the Houston Texans at cornerback, the group needs some depth for the upcoming season.



Johnathan Joseph

It is no secret that Joseph has been dealing with some injuries which has slowed him on the field. Still a top corner back in the league, he was one of six cornerbacks in the league to have less than 50% of passes completed against him. He did struggle with faster wide receivers who had the ability to run by him and that led to some key touchdowns given up in 2013.

His man to man skills have taken a step back and it could be beneficial for Joseph to be possibly used in a different way next season. Romeo Crennel has to find a way to use Joseph to his strengths and that could possibly mix in some more zone coverage.

Joseph did lead the team in interceptions and for a team that struggled all season he still plays at an above average level. Joseph will be counted on in 2014 and there will have to be some attention paid to his big contract number next season.



Kareem Jackson

Kareem Jackson

Kareem Jackson

Just like his counterpart in Joseph, Jackson had a mixed season in 2013. Jackson would have spots where he would be good in coverage, but have streaks when he gave up some key receptions. It did not help when he broke two ribs against the Arizona Cardinals and had to miss some games because of it. He was not healthy majority of the season and it showed.

Jackson is a force in the run game to come up and play the run, which he is good at. He is a physical player that does not turn down contact when ball carriers head his way. He really needs to put his entire game together, and just like Joseph he too could benefit from some more zone coverage in 2014.


Brice McCain

Brice McCain

Brice McCain

A season that McCain and the Texans would like to soon forget. McCain struggled all season and was the target of opposing offenses in the passing game. Poor coverage and missed tackles plagued McCain it was tough to watch during game days.

His play has declined from a great year in 2011 and he is a shell of that player. He was a weak link on the back half of the Texans defense and with the NFL moving towards three capable corner backs, McCain’s future in Houston is in question. His speed only goes so far against bigger receivers, and his small frame was exposed in 2013.

McCain’s future in Houston is up in the air and it will be up to Crennel to consider if he can help the defense.


Brandon Harris

Brandon Harris

Brandon Harris

One of the biggest mysteries for the Texans since he was drafted in the second round in 2011, Harris has been a relative unknown for the Texans. He has contributed on special teams and been used in some spot duty as the nickel corner when players in front of him were hurt.

Not gifted with straight line speed, Harris plays too physical at times and is a flag magnet in key moments during games. This could be attributed to his lack of play to this point, but it is something that needs to be corrected if he wants to get on the field.

Harris could use a possible position change for 2014 and that could be to safety. He has played there before and getting him into a position to succeed needs to happen soon especially for a second round pick.


A.J. Bouye

A wildcard for the Texans, Bouye started from the bottom and worked his way to the 53 man roster. A tall and rangy corner, Bouye has a nice skill set to possibly help this upcoming season. He helped on special teams early on in the 2013 season, and landed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

He has some good ball skills and improved his technique as training camp went on. Bouye could be one player that no one in counting on that could sneak up and be a contributor in the upcoming season.


Josh Victorian

Victorian was a mid-season addition for the Texans and worked primarily on special teams. He was forced into action with injuries at safety, but that was for a snapshot.

He will be fighting for a roster spot in 2014.


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