Originally Posted by Playoffs
In 2011, Barrett Ruud rated 48 out of 51 ILBs with minimum 25% snaps. He was pretty equally poor in all areas, though better in pass rush.
In 2010, Ruud was 49th out of 50 ILBs, but with a middle-of-the-pack cover grade.
In 2009, Ruud was top 10 in coverage.
--stats from ProFootballFocus
Originally Posted by Hervoyel
That's all we can do at this point is hope. It's entirely possible that he was ill-suited to what those defenses we're trying to do with him. Look at what our questionable pile of talent turned into when the right man for the job put them all in their correct roles. I doubt that the Texans would have signed him if they didn't think he would be any help at all or if Wade didn't think he could work with his remaining skill set.
He was battling through some injuries with the Titans and the Seahawks.
He only played some ST for the Saints.
Zero snaps in the first 2 games.
2, 5, and 19 in the following 3 games.
It remains a mystery why the Saints traded for him (probably for a conditional pick), then released him, and why the Texans signed him.