Friday, July 29, 2011
Joseph, Manning solidify Texans' DBs
By Paul Kuharsky
The Texans got their second secondary addition in two days, adding Chicago free-agent safety Danieal Manning with a four-year, $20 million deal that includes $9 million guaranteed, according to Mark Berman.
With corner Johnathan Joseph and Manning now part of a secondary that allowed 267.5 passing yards a game in 2010, things should settle down substantially on the back end in a new 3-4 scheme.
From Scouts Inc.:
Manning is an active defender who is best filling the alley versus the run. He is a reliable tackler in space, keeping his pads over his feet on contact. Manning is a compact built player with good strength and athleticism for the safety position. He has good foot agility, quickness and balance in coverage. He is best versus slot receivers or in zone coverage coming off the hash. He has solid ball skills and is around the ball often. He has been a consistent kick returner over the past three seasons and shows natural vision and quickness to hit a crease.
His experience will be a big help to Glover Quin if the Texans move forward with a shift of last year’s best corner to free safety.
I’m not ready to say the additions of Joseph and Manning completely cure the Texans and make them a favorite to overtake the Colts in the AFC South.
But that’s not going to stop others, and a lot of fans in Houston just got their expectations raised, again.
That is, of course, a good thing when it's based on personnel upgrades and not talk.