It is my sense that Casserly's draft (and trade) strategy has been to create significant competition at different positions. The Philip Buchanon trade clearly has created significant competition for starting spots and playing time at cornerback, and apparently a fair amount of tension as well. However, it should be noted that this situation was not unique - it was replicated at defensive tackle, with the selection of Travis Johnson, who will push Gary Walker hard for his spot; at running back, where 3rd round pick Verand Morency will compete with Dominick Davis, Jonathan Wells, and Tony Hollings for not just rank or playing time, but the bottom man probably gets waived from the team. The wide receiver position also appears to be full up, with Andre Johson, Gaffney, Armstrong, Starling, Bradford and Sloan Thomas now competing with Jerome Mathis for what will be probably a maximum of 5 spots. The other draft picks will compete for backup spots, none of which are occupied by "sloutches." Also, it should be noted that the Texans currently have 17 linebackers on the roster, including 7th round pick Kenneth Pettway Aaron Glenn may be upset that his job has been put up for grabs, but Casserly has now applied this new approach to a number of different positions on both offense and defense. It seem to be Casserly's intention to motivate players to step up to the next level through increased competition, which should make all of the competing players, and the team, better. This policy and practice is not unique in the NFL, but it does appear to be new to the Texans, who are graduating from the franchisal adolescence before our very eyes. I feel so proud for them.