The Texans are just 10 days away from reporting for training camp so before they do let’s take a look at one of the positional battles that will be going on during camp. The safety position for the Texans is wide open for multiple players to emerge and potentially compete for playing time.
Coming into training camp the Texans will be without AFC South Defensive Player Of The Month Quintin Demps who signed a 3 year deal with the Bears. Demps played 68% of all defensive snaps last season at safety so with Demps departing there is quite a bit of playing time to be had. While Demps may be gone the Texans still have Andre Hal who played 80% of the total defensive snaps last season at safety. Demps departure opens the door for a few different names to take over at the other safety spot opposite Hal, who has the best chance to take over?
The UDFA from the University of Georgia came on strong towards the end of the season with a slew of big performances that were rewarded with extra playing time. Moore went as far as to be a big part of the Texans secondary during the post season as Moore played above 70% of the total defensive snaps in both games. Moore’s skill set lends itself well to what the Texans were doing defensively last season by running a lot of 2 high safety looks which forced teams away from any deep pass attempts. The issue with Moore is that his playing style is quite similar to that of Hal in that they are both more coverage based safeties and do struggle when asked to move down into run support.
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