Originally Posted by SW H-TOWN
Really glad to hear that Sharpton is doing good, I did not think he have that level of mobility. To me that is the best news out of everything I read.
Early in OTAs, they do agility drills. If you didn't know he had a problem last year, you wouldn't know. He looked fine.
Of course, with all these guys, you can't tell how they will hold up until real game stuff.
Some injuries are unavoidable, but some players are able to play at a high level and not let injuries keep them off the field. It's the reason why older players aren't necessarily worse players than younger ones--if they've been able to stay in the league, maybe they may be better at maintaining their body than unproven guys.
The difficulty with this linebacker group both inside/out, is that there is little track record of these guys holding up with a lot of snaps. Some of it is just that they are noobs, but the two LBs with the most snaps for the Texans last year were Bradie James and Connor Barwin, both gone.
So just because the linebackers haven't held up in the past, or that there are new guys, doesn't mean they can't have a solid 2013. But they will certainly be tested because the Texans don't have a big NT that keeps the linebackers cleaner--they are required to clean up after the chances that the defensive line take to go after the QB.