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Old 07-25-2010   #1
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Default Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

Rackem who needs to have the most success for the Texans to be successful this season.

Rd 1 (20) Jackson, Kareem CB
Rd 2 (58) Tate, Ben RB
Rd 3 (81) Mitchell, Earl DT
Rd 4 (102) Sharpton, Darryl LB
Rd 4 (118) Graham, Garrett TE
Rd 5 (144) McManis, Sherrick CB
Rd 6 (187) Smith, Shelley OG
Rd 6 (197) Holliday, Trindon KR
Rd 7 (227) Dickerson, Dorin WR

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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

One thing, Dickerson is a WR.

1) Jackson
2) Tate
3) Mitchell
4) Holliday
5-9) Not a clue. These guys should not get enough playing time this season to matter.
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I think Tate to help the running game.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

Obviously Jackson. We drafted him to start from day 1. He better step up or we're screwed.
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One thing, Dickerson is a WR.

1) Jackson
2) Tate
3) Mitchell
4) Holliday
5-9) Not a clue. These guys should not get enough playing time this season to matter.
That would be the way I rank them also. But I am not sure that Holliday having a big year is critical. But it would be nice.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

If Jackson fails then we had better hope that Molden steps up and stays healthy or were screwed.

Tate is currently the #3 RB, and that is not going to kill us if he stays the #3 all season and the other two guys are producing.

Mitchell failing does not kill us, it does hurt us, but will not kill us.

IMO only a failure by Jackson has the potential to hurt the team.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

I'm going to go with Ben Tate. I know Jackson was drafted to take Dunta Robinson's position and start right away but, since the injury, Robinson just hasn't been the same. Basically, between Jackson, and our other CB, someone should be able to play as well as Dunta.

However, if we have a legitimate running game, we could have won a few more games last year.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

Jackson was our 1st round pick and biggest immediate need pick. His success is more important than any other rookie's this season in order for our team to win.
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One thing, Dickerson is a WR.

1) Jackson
2) Tate
3) Mitchell
4) Holliday
5-9) Not a clue. These guys should not get enough playing time this season to matter.
That's how I rank them as well. Jackson should be starting right out of the gate, so he is the easy pick. Tate could be huge for Houston's running game so he would easily be second. Mitchell could be a good rotational DT for the defense. Holliday will likely be the kick returner, & I don't see anyone else playing until the end of the year barring injury.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

I think Earl Mitchell because this regime has yet to draft a game changing defensive tackle. If he doesn't work out I'm going to begin to think DT is just something we can't have any luck finding. I give Rick credit for finding Quin in the 4th round, I give credit to Rick for finding Slaton in the 3rd regardless of how bad his sophomore year was. That shows a track record of recognizing talent at a position group (CB, RB). Rick's draft history of DTs includes Amobi Okoye and Frank Okam. Thats not enough promise to feel comfortable with his draft history with the position.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

Its important the Texans start the season strong so Kareem is an obvious choice. With Cushing out those first four LB is actually more up in the air & since I'm picking Sharpton to really surprise people I'm hoping its sooner than later. Red zone conversion, 3rd & short conversions plus turnovers killed the Texans last year. This is where Tate steps in to help protect the ball in game winning situations. The DL is constantly rotating so Mitchell will get some opportunites but his play will be limited due to Texans finally having depth, same with OG (Shelly Smith) CB (Sherrick McManis) & TE (Garrett Graham) leaving Holiday to make the next biggest impact pushing both Jacoby & Andre Davis.

1). Kareem Jackson
2). Darryl Sharpton
3). Ben Tate
4). Trindon Holliday
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

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1) Jackson
2) Tate
3) Mitchell
4) Holliday
Gotta go with this order too. To me Jackson is a must unless Reeves and/or Molden come back from their injuries and play lights out, which probably would not happen. Not sure how bad Reeves injury was and how his recovery is going, and Molden has barely seen the field due to injuries in his 2 yrs here. JMHO!
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

I go with

1. Jackson... no question, he needs to be a starter
2. Mitchell... i hope he surprise and is able to make okoye better on his side
3. Tate... he is near to mitchell, but if slaton is healthy and can step up, he would just be a backup...
4. Sharpton... just in the games without cush "very" important...
5-9 we`ll see
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Jackson was our 1st round pick and biggest immediate need pick. His success is more important than any other rookie's this season in order for our team to win.
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That would be the way I rank them also. But I am not sure that Holliday having a big year is critical. But it would be nice.
Yep, I was just ranking them in order of most critical to least.
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Default Re: Which rookie needs to step up the most this season?

Kareem Jackson, hands down.

First 3 out of 4 weeks he'll be going against pass happy Manning, McNabb, and Romo.
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Kareem Jackson, hands down.

First 3 out of 4 weeks he'll be going against pass happy Manning, McNabb, and Romo.
Yea I agree if Jackson can't do his job we are screwed!
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Its important the Texans start the season strong so Kareem is an obvious choice. With Cushing out those first four LB is actually more up in the air & since I'm picking Sharpton to really surprise people I'm hoping its sooner than later. Red zone conversion, 3rd & short conversions plus turnovers killed the Texans last year. This is where Tate steps in to help protect the ball in game winning situations. The DL is constantly rotating so Mitchell will get some opportunites but his play will be limited due to Texans finally having depth, same with OG (Shelly Smith) CB (Sherrick McManis) & TE (Garrett Graham) leaving Holiday to make the next biggest impact pushing both Jacoby & Andre Davis.

1). Kareem Jackson
2). Darryl Sharpton
3). Ben Tate
4). Trindon Holliday
Good points and I agree except Andre Davis. I think we'll see GK make an early benevolent cut so he has a better chance of getting a job with someone else. I don't see him in a Texans uni when the regular season starts.
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Good points and I agree except Andre Davis. I think we'll see GK make an early benevolent cut so he has a better chance of getting a job with someone else. I don't see him in a Texans uni when the regular season starts.
possibly but he has been a pretty solid & there is familarity established (someone willing to do whatever Kubiak asks return kick-offs, big WR good route runner/hands & willing blocker).
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possibly but he has been a pretty solid & there is familarity established (someone willing to do whatever Kubiak asks return kick-offs, big WR good route runner/hands & willing blocker).
Plus I want to add that Davis is our best gunner on punt coverages, a very important job in Coach Joe's special teams.
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