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Friday, March 5, 2010
Minus Robinson, Texans need DB swagger

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Dunta Robinson was a sometimes great, usually good player for the Houston Texans. He’ll probably be a good player for the Atlanta Falcons, who’ve agreed in principle with him on a six-year deal according to John Clayton.

Robinson didn’t handle last season’s franchise tag well, he wasn’t worth a second year of franchise money and it was clear they couldn’t find common ground.

But remember, when he suffered a horrible right knee injury in the middle of 2007 and missed to the middle of 2008, the team struggled to fill his spot. It needs to do better filling in for him now.

I know the Texans like Glover Quin, but a one-year sample size isn’t sufficient for me to tab him a solution.

Quin, Jacques Reeves, Brice McCain, Fred Bennett and Antwaun Molden amount to an insufficient pool of cornerbacks considering they’ll need three, probably four, and considering free safety remains an unsettled spot that also needs addressing.

Does that group bring any swagger? Robinson was a tone setter. I’m not sure they’ve got one now, and I consider it an important ingredient that’s now part of the team’s shopping list.