Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers

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Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers
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Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers

The Texans likely will head into their second straight offseason without any glaring needs. Matt Schaub’s critics might disagree, but the QB, who just received a contract extension last offseason, isn’t going anywhere.

Fans will continue to call for more wide receiver help. The rookies drafted last April, DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, have only made sparse contributions to the passing game, and while Andre Johnson is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, he will be 32 when next season begins.

Yet, we hear the club remains high on Martin, Posey and Lestar Jean. Posey, in particular, has gotten much more comfortable after needing an extended period to shake off the rust from being inactive due to a suspension much of his final collegiate season at Ohio State, and should be poised for a bigger year in 2013.

Another area that would seem to be a priority is inside linebacker, what with Brian Cushing coming off season-ending knee surgery, Bradie James viewed as more of a stopgap and Darryl Sharpton again proving difficult to count on because of injuries.

The way we hear it, the Texans have actually gotten great mileage out of backups at the position this season. Veterans Tim Dobbins and Barrett Ruud, in addition to James, have done a solid job defending the run even in Cushing's absence. More, in Wade Phillips’ defense, the position opposite Cushing isn’t considered all that valuable because the player comes off the field on passing downs.

That was a big part of the reason why DeMeco Ryans was deemed expendable last offseason. It’s the same reason the Texans likely won’t invest any high-round picks there this April, either.

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