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Old 06-16-2004   #15
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Originally Posted by aj
If the Texans find a guy (Duff, Chris Taylor, Sloan Thomas or otherwise) who is equally sure handed, can legitimately play backup CB or WR, can get 25 yards per on KO returns and anything on punt returns, then there is a chance that he doesn't make the final 53
AJ puts forth a very good standard. JJ should not be a sure thing. First we need someone that is sure handed--a muffed KR or PR can be as devastating as a return for a TD is positive. JJ made 90 or so combined returns last year without a miss. Anyone else coming in has a high bar on that. Legitimate back-up--well I guess that depends on who is also getting the 25 yd KR's and something on PR's. If it is Sloan Thomas for all of the above, maybe. Duff--is he anything more than a special teamer--absent injury will he ever really hit the field as a CB? If not, then it is the same as JJ playing WR. By the way, look at the last part of the mini-camp clip and guess who is the WR catching the ball.

My point in posting this was not that JJ has to stay, but that NFL players in general benefit from experience. Is there anyone that is willing to step up and say Dante Hall is not worth his spot solely on his return abilities? JJ is ahead of his performance curve--maybe a year's gamble is worthwhile in a debate between people 3rd, 4th or 5th on the depth chart at their nominal position.
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