On Sensabaugh as a Texans solution

July, 25, 2011
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In this Insider piece, Bryan McIntyre lists what he thinks should be the first move for each team in the NFL once moves can be made.

I love two of them, which I’ve promoted for some time -- the Jaguars snatching San Diego safety Eric Weddle and the Titans making a run at Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. I have no problem with his desire for the Colts to sign Philadelphia's Quintin Mikell either.

But if the Houston Texans are in line with his thinking and believe adding Dallas strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh will qualify as any kind of priority or big fix, I am skeptical.

Sensabaugh played for Texans new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips with the Cowboys. If he is a piece of a puzzle that falls in line after a big cornerback signing, then that’s a different story.

I just spoke to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. about Sensabaugh.

He said Sensabaugh played “really well” last year for Dallas. The Cowboys did what they could to keep him in the box and out of coverage, but Williamson said in coverage Sensabaugh would still be an upgrade in Houston over the ousted Bernard Pollard.

I agree with Williamson that the Texans would be better served at safety to chase a top guy like Mikell. But if they make a bigger move at corner and then bring in the low-cost Sensabaugh, things could be OK.

That would likely mean Glover Quin at free safety paired with Sensabaugh at strong on opening day. With Quin converting from corner, having a strong safety who’s not particularly good in coverage could put extra strain on the youngster. I’m wary of that, but know options could be limited and better corners could help soften that concern.

“They wouldn’t be strong at safety,” Williamson said. “But as a fallback plan it wouldn’t be bad.”

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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