UDFA SIGNINGS

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  1. CloakNNNdagger

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    This is a DRAFT PROFILE which seems like at fair assessment of his performance skills:

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    Strengths
    • confident catcher of the football with soft hands;
    • straight line burst can induce panic grabs out of corners;
    • accelerates to full speed rather seamlessly;
    • recognizes zone seams and makes himself available there;
    • active with his hands in combatting press coverage;
    • showcases a lot of potential as a vertical threat;
    • solid ball-tracking ability downfield;
    • contributed as a returner and a gunner on special teams in college.
    Weaknesses
    • undersized at the next level for the role he primarily occupied in college;
    • not much of a playmaker after the catch;
    • generally brought down on initial contact;
    • might not have the functional strength to consistently separate from jams;
    • not a lot of contested catch ability shows up on film;
    • a willing blocker but he oftentimes gets overpowered;
    • 41 appearances for OSU but only five starts and just two years of noticeable production;
    • has a history of repeated knee injuries;

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    One of the main reasons he went undrafted was his knee issues.
     
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    Correct. I think we would have been drafted round 5/6 range had he not had injuries. The bolded strength is something I think the team as a whole is trying to exploit. We have all these deep threats that can take the top off the defense so DBs will have to hold to avoid getting beat. Giving up large chunk gains instead of a TD. He forced a PI against David Long when they played Michigan. Long was a 3rd round pick and one of the draft forum favorites but he got beat deep and grabbed to avoid allowing the TD.
     
  3. Jhuff000

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    Hope we keep Dixon, wr Johnson, s Johnson, Edwards, Coker, both rbs, and Baity. Be a good saftey
     
  4. CloakNNNdagger

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    Per Aaron Wilson:

    The Texans' investment in their undrafted free agent class includes sizable guaranteed money for Johnnie Dixon and Albert Huggins.

    A wide receiver from Ohio State, Dixon received $50,000 total guaranteed. That includes a $10,000 signing bonus and a $40,000 base salary guarantee.

    A defensive end from national champion Clemson, Huggins received a total of $40,000 guaranteed.
     
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  5. Jhuff000

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    Dixon could answer our need at returner.
     
  6. TheRealJoker

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    Interesting to note last year’s top $ UDFA Vyncint Smith was 35k guaranteed with 10k signing bonus 25k base.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/texans...s-highly-coveted-udfa-signing-for-texans/amp/
     
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    Glad you see what I do. I think he could play corner but what a safety! Want to see how he evolves with couple seasons of training.
     
  8. gafftop

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    I wish we could have been this positive about REAL draft
    Maybe we can win udfa super bowl
    Sorry still pissed about draft
     
  9. CloakNNNdagger

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    I was able to find out about Dixon's real story behind his knee issues...........they've always been referred to in general terms as in "repeated injuries." In fact, he began experiencing knee pains in both knees in 2012. Despite long term conservative rehab, these pains gradually increased over time to the point that in 2015, he was unable to continue and was thoroughly worked up orthopedically and found to have a condition of both of his patellar tendons called patellar tendinosis. In the past, it would have been given the name of patellar tendinitis, except that it has been found that this, in most cases is a misnormer, in that this condition does not have an inflammatory origin as would be implied by the suffix "itis" label. Patellar tendinosis is actually degeneration due to chronic microtrauma (little tears which accumulate over time and lead to deterioration of the tendon tissue). The suffix “-osis” more accurately reflects this chronic degenerative pathology. It’s simply a wearing out of the over-stressed tendon. The tendon is most traumatized by repeated jumping (commonly called "jumper's knee, a subject I've addressed here in the past) and by quick directional changes, which could easily explain the condition in a wide receiver.

    In mid 2015, he underwent a surgical procedure to address his problem. It entailed making muiltiple small incisions and light scrapings and debridement in both of his diseased patellar tendons in order to promote new blood supply and a naturally healing process that was no longer occurring on its own. During the surgery, they discovered that the articular cartilage on the back side/underside of his patellas (knee caps) were also significantly damaged and irregular in surface with the beginnings of underlying arthritis in these areas and the femoral contact points. Areas of the patellar cartilages required debridement to affect a smoother surface for the patella to glide over the femur.


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    Usually in these cases, arthritis will not only form on the patella back/under surface, but also on the abutting femoral bone surface (because the irregularities in the back of the patella would then be constantly grinding the femoral articular surface)

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    Arthritis of both articular surfaces (patellar and femoral)

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    Dixon has continued to deal with increasing arthritis throughout his most recent season. Despite his condition, it appears that up to now, he has been able to fight through it and perform surprisingly well. Hopefully, he can continue his productivity with the Texans. But he is dealing with serious degenerative disease entities...........the big question is, under the circumstances, how long can he continue to be effective.
     
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    Thanks for the medical education Doc! Always appreciated. When can we receive our diplomas! :)

    It sounds like this poor kid will be in a wheelchair by the time he is 35 years old! Realistically, how many years do you think he has left playing? Maybe 2 or 3? It's really a shame someone with that kind of speed and athletic talent has something like this happen to him. Is this more common than we know or is it something rare?

    Thanks again Doc!
     


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    It would be very difficult to answer this question. If the patellar tendinosis is not controlled, it can result in rupture of the tendon (ala, Derek Newton). There is a technique now available to treat this condition, many times avoiding surgery.............Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a procedure that has good results on chronic tendinopathy and a positive effect on pain and functionality. Different studies demonstrated good results with an overall improvement from 73.5% to 87.5% on patients' functionality. It serves now the same purpose of increasing blood supply and healing abilities to the tendon that Dixon's previous surgery afforded. He has much better odds of controlling the tendinosis than the arthritis problem. I would be surprised if the arthritis portion of the problem will allow him to play for more than a year or 2 without need for major surgery to address the articular cartilage damage...........and that won't truly address the underlying arthritic bones. For sure, his situation is not benign. Only time will tell when the grim reaper has his way.
     
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    Not signed, but couldn't find a more appropriate thread.

    Washington State CB Sean Harper Jr. has been invited to attend rookie mini-camp. He has played 17 games in 2 seasons (11 in 2017 and 6 in 2018) with 8 starts at cornerback. He had 45 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 10 pass breakups, and 1 interception.

    In 2017, he allowed the lowest passer rating among cornerbacks in the Pac-12. He allowed the second-lowest catch rate in 2017, allowing only just 32.4 percent of passes to be caught when he was targeted. Oct 2018, he suffered a torn rotator cuff while making a tackle. The collision was so violent that the screws that were present from a previous shoulder surgery were shattered. These anchor screws are unbelievably solid (usually titanium) and solidly buried in bone.........the impact of the tackle must have been enormous.

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    He will be cleared to return to play by May 10 when rookie camp begins.


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    Sean Harper was stingy in coverage last year

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    6' 2" 190. I like him already.
     
  14. Texansphan

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    One tuff dude - still wants to play after that.
    I like him already too.
     
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    Which UDFAs are y’all excited about?

    I haven’t been able to do much research. I like Higdon, Dixon, and Huggins. I’ve also heard some intriguing info on some of the DBs.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I like them all until they prove they suck! Seriously, RB and defensive backs I bet we keep 3-4 of these UDFA's. Some of the safeties and CB's have potential, and we need a third RB and seem to have gotten two guys that can play. I also think Vyncint Smith has been put on notice with Deandre Carter having some competition too. We have to keep 4 TE's and we got a fullback this year, so do we keep one less WR this year? Looking forward to seeing who can play and what direction the minds on Kirby go with the roster
     
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    I'll be keeping an eye on the safety out of App St.

    Granted, there isn't much tape on him.
     
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    Dixon/Crockett/Chris Johnson/Huggins/Harper
     
  19. CloakNNNdagger

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    Aaron Wilson‏@AaronWilson_NFL 16m16 minutes ago
    Texans gave a $35,000 base salary guarantee and a $10,000 signing bonus to undrafted running back Demarea Crockett, and a $30,000 base salary guarantee and a $5,000 signing bonus for undrafted wide receiver Tyron Johnson
     
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    Being a Bengals fan, I'm also a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
    I was pretty pumped up to hear that Dixon ended up with the Texans.

    Minus the fact he has some knee concerns, most don't realize how stacked the Buckeyes were at WR.
    They had both Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin starting ahead of Dixon, so he was only going to get so many chances.
    Put him on another team without that kind of talent and I bet a large amount of money his production goes way up.

    That being said, he was able to turn 20% of his 42 catches into TD's. I'd take that kind of production any day of the week.
    Adding him as not only another deep threat, but additional competition in the WR group, and you have an instant winner as an UDFA.
    Oh yeah, his ability in the ST's arena is also nothing to turn your nose up at either. Really happy for him.

    Go Texans !!!
     

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