Texans sign Pollard

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  1. beerlover

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    Texans sign safety who ended Tom Brady's '08 season

    By JOHN McCLAIN

    The Texans have signed safety Bernard Pollard to replace Chester Pitts on the roster.

    Pitts, who underwent major knee surgery on Wednesday, was placed on injured reserve, meaning he's out for the season.

    Pollard, 24, was Kansas City's second-round pick in 2006. He started 14 games last season for David Gibbs, who is in his first season as the Texans' secondary coach. Last season, Pollard had 84 unassisted tackles, and he was a surprise cut by the Chiefs in the last roster reduction this season.

    Pollard, who is an excellent special teams player, got a lot of attention last season when he hit Tom Brady in the first game of the season, causing the New England quarterback to be lost for the season with a knee injury.

    Pollard gives the Texans five safeties, counting Eugene Wilson, John Busing, Dominique Barber and Nick Ferguson.
     
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    Man, that is some great news! Obviously, the league-wide opinion of Pollard isn't very high, but given our issues at safety, he certainly has some value. Plus, it's just comforting to see that the organization realizes that safety is a weakness.
     
  3. Blake

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    Any help at S is good help IMO. I like the combo of Busing and Wilson, but more competition is aways good in my book.

    I still think that was a shitty thing Pollard did when he lunged at Brady's lower leg last year.
     
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    Nice signing! Good sized (6'1 224lbs) run stopping safety who is much better than what we have currently.


    2009 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc.
    Grade: 68 | Key


    Comment: Pollard has excellent size for the position and is physical against the run. He is an above-average athlete for the position with adequate straight-line speed, but is definitely better going forward then when dropping into coverage. He can be a liability when locked up with some of the more athletic tight ends in the league. He shows decent range in deep coverage, but still needs work on his route recognition. He plays with a high level of energy and generally sets the tone for the coverage units.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/features/scouting?position=36


    Sounds like a great compliment to Wilson
     
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    Too bad we can't have all 4 of them on the field at once with Wilson. Then it might add up to 1 decent SS.
     
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    Yeah, I would be horribly upset if he did that to Peyton!
     
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    I like it.
     
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    Box safety for specific packages & special teams. Will bring physical presence & don't foget Gibbs did coach him in KC so there is a connection.
     


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    How's Brady going to feel when he sees Pollard in a Texans uniform at the end of the season??????????:specnatz:
     
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    Well, I definitely think our safety rotation has improved. He can play on run downs and certain packages with three safeties and come out of the game for Busing on passing downs.

    Most importantly, he can tackle, which is a unique skill for our secondary.
     
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    Didn't even know he got cut by KC. Great pick-up. Hopefully a change of scenery will re-energize him.
     
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    According to statement I just read from Pollard in an article, he said that he didn't go after Brady's leg.

    "Pollard thought he was going to be blocked by a running back last year against New England, got low to take on the block, wasn't blocked, and fell into Brady."

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/sh...lmost-crippled-Matt-Cassel-too?urn=nfl,181929
     
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    Wow! This is an unexpected signing. Way to go Texans. :fans:
     
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    Glad to see this. When we brought him in and didn't do anything, I was kind of ticked. Glad to see we are getting some talent back there. I was ready to ask Barber to not get on the team plane when The Texans left Tennessee.
     
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    I called this. They waited until after the 2nd game to sign Pollard instead of the 1st game.

    I guess Kubes wasn't to impressed with the Ferguson/Barber duo against the Jets. YUK

    I wont be comforted until after the 2010 draft.

    When Goddell says with the.... pick inthe NFL draft Houston Texans select

    Eric Berry-Tayor Mays-Morgan Burnett

    Atleast Pollard is a good taclker. Looking on the bright side
     
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    Like this move.
     
  17. Vinny

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    so...we sign the "bonecrusher"? He's an in the box S who lays some wood...and he can also back up the cheerleaders with his spiffy dance moves.
     
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    We need a bonecrusher. Thats a big part of a 46 look, if I remember correctly.
     
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    I like it. He's no worse than we have on the roster now and he could even be better.

    He hits well. Maybe he can teach our DBs how to wrap up.
     

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