Originally Posted by Rey
If that's the case, that is disappointing to hear.
Indeed, but also maddening. I mean this was the knock on the guy. Yes, I realize that anyone can roll an ankle, but if he wasn't in prime condition, couldn't that make it more likely to incur an injury?
Just looking at some of the reports from guys like J Harris, T Chick, Marc V and others - I'm really encouraged with the secondary. Harris says it's the best he's ever seen it as a group, and he specifically called out Kareem Jackson.
As a major detractor of Kareem's I'm more than happy to eat that big ole plate of crow. He doesn't have elite speed, and I still think he is average at best on the deep routes, but CB is also about anticipation, instincts, and ball skills. And he has really developed in all those areas and he mirrors guys very well on the short and intermediate routes. The mental side of his game has gone from bad to terrific in a short span. And if these reports are true, he may take another step this year from good #2 to great #2, and that could possibly put the Texans top 2 duo in the running for best 1 and 2 combo at CB this year.
I was kind of excited when we signed AJ Bouye as a UDFA, and I've also heard very good things from him early in camp. If Carmichael and Harris don't get it together in a hurry, one of them might be shocked that AJ beat them out. Probably a bit of a longshot but he's the guy I'm keeping an eye on in preseason, although over TV CB is hard to evaluate other than on balls thrown his way. We'll see.
On the bad side, I'm more worried than ever about the pass rush. We need someone at OLB that can be a demon and one or two others that can give the QB fits at times as well, and early reports are troubling. I mean are we really going to place all our chips on Willie Jefferson? I think he has some clear upside if camp reports are true, but he is very raw and he is thin. Teams will be able to shove him around imo. Montgomery is a zero who may end up on IR, T Williams has no moves and is slow off the ball (per J Harris), one guy is in Philly, Merciless hasn't been great either, and Reed is more suited for ILB to me and isn't a great rusher. Not terrible, but not a demon. Who is going to step up for this team?