Friday, August 3, 2012
Minus J.J. Watt, we'll see Texans' end depth
By Paul Kuharsky
With J.J. Watt rehabbing the after-effects of a dislocated elbow, the Houston Texans will see just how deep they are at defensive end.
Tim Jamison moves into Watt’s spot and coach Gary Kubiak pointed to “Sunny” -- nose tackle Ra’Shon Harris -- as a versatile guy who can play a lot of spots as the Texans sort through things. Kubiak said the team expects the team will add one player to fill out the roster.
The team expects Watt will be back in place in time for the season opener Sept. 9 against Miami.
“Timmy (Jamison) is a grinder,” Kubiak said. “He’s a hard worker, plays with a lot of effort. He gave us a lot of time last year, and now he gets the chance to act like a starter, so we’ll see how he handles it.”
Watt played 77.37 percent of the team’s snaps at end last season, Antonio Smith played 71.59 percent and Jamison played 33 percent.
Kubiak did not mention rookie Jared Crick, who recently suffered a slight neck injury. He’s a fourth-round draft pick out of Nebraska.
As the Texans turn to their nickel package without Watt, they could also leave Smith outside rather than shifting him inside, looking to a nose tackle -- Harris, Shaun Cody or even Earl Mitchell -- to stay on the field inside.
Watt was a great presence last year, a tone-setter with his non-stop motor who was part of a group that swarmed the passer and did well to get his hands up to be an obstacle to quarterbacks when they did get throws off.