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Old 04-29-2004   #1
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Is the writing on the wall for JJ Moses? The Texans drafted Duff,-DB and puped his return abilities. Then drafted Lord-DB and said should help in special teams. And finally unsigned UFA, Starling-WR, a speedster with return skills. (Also, I believe that the Texans have one or two more WR/Returners in NFLE, but I can't remember their names)

To me it looks like the Texans want to find a returner who can help the team in other areas, which Moses can't.
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It looks to me like they want to have a "Take it to the house" threat and JJ is that guy. However, he very consistantly gives us good field position on the kickoff which is VERY important. I think the pre-season will show if there is one of the new guys that can be that consistant and still be a homerun threat.
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Punt/Kickoff return is one of the most dangerous positions to play. Guys are trying to take their heads off at full speed. You need more than a few return guys. If jj goes down, then we have more than enough to fill until he gets back. The last thing you want is to be out of return guys. People fumbling the ball everytime they try to catch it. oy, that would be bad.
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the most important thing is feild position, if jj is or isnt the man i say have at least one or two to back him. what can go wrong there. You have a practice squad like a baseball bull pen, pick someone out
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I thought JJ showed some flashes, but he did not have the top end speed of a Dante Hall. I think the Texans would like the moves of a JJ with the speed of a Bradford. Maybe they are hoping that someone the pack will possess those skills. I think if they find one solid returner and a potential backup, then JJ might not be here for too long.
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if nothing else.. if they can find someone who can handle the punt returns better.. JJ is still a great kick returner.

I know that would tie up too spots on the roster.. im not saying it would be along term answer.. but possible a short term if no one really comes forth as the best guy.
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I think Sloan Thomas or the undrafted free agent, Kendrick Starling, could compete for the returning duties if they make the team.
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I think Sloan Thomas or the undrafted free agent, Kendrick Starling, could compete for the returning duties if they make the team.
Casserly was talking up the fact that Duff excelled at both kick and punt returns and how rare that was--better throw him in the mix as well.
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I hope they keep JJ around I really enjoyed his returns. He may not get a large number of TD's, but his average return is solid and he helped the Texans when the field position battle in a few games.
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Casserly was talking up the fact that Duff excelled at both kick and punt returns and how rare that was--better throw him in the mix as well
He is definately in the mix, but if I remember correctly I read that he lacked breakaway speed, which is the knock on JJ. I have tried to find the information that I read, but I have not been sucessful. In other words, I have not convinced myself that it was him that I was reading about...
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Vontez Duff is a very agressive player who plays faster than his times would indicate. He has good strength and quickness, which allows him to be a good punt returner as well as a good cornerback. He's a big time playmaker who is always looking to get the ball in his hands and take it back for 6. He's probably never going to be a great starter in the NFL, but he could be a very good nickel back. He could excel in a Cover-2 situation where he has help over the top to compensate for his lack of pure speed. He's the perfect pick for a team like Tampa Bay or Indianapolis. Expect him to go in the late third or fourth
Pretty good pick if you ask me, considering where we got him. But note the sentence about lack of speed. I think he will have to be even more elusive than JJ to take his job. JJ's job is for the taking, but I'm not sure who will take it. Might be Vontez, might not be.
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Casserly was talking up the fact that Duff excelled at both kick and punt returns and how rare that was--better throw him in the mix as well.

Duff sounds like D Sanders..........
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Is the writing on the wall for JJ Moses?
I would hope not! A good returner is like a good receiver or a good running back and to lose a good returner, just because he's not as multi purposed as some of the other returners around the league is crazy. The difference between starting on the 20/25 versus starting on the 15 is a huge difference! I guess we're bound to find out when the time comes though!
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No they gave him more comp to up the level of play
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Question the returner

I was wondering if mosses is out who is the number two guy. I saw Dunta doing a return and Aaron did them in ny. Duff was a great returner in collage but will thaat translate into the NFl. Who do you think the returner will be next year becase i think we need a new one.
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If Duff wins it, Gaff will be the #2 PR and Hollings will be the #2 KR.

I see Duff winning it.
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