After coming off an excellent season, the Texans’ cornerback position has overgone quite a bit of change with the loss of star cornerback A.J Bouye to division rival Jacksonville. Without Bouye around to anchor down one of the outside corner slots the question is who will step in to fill his role and help the Texans maintain the same level of quality that they’ve come to expect out of the cornerback position over the past few years? Let’s take a look at a few of the key stories heading into this years training camp:
Kevin Johnson’s Health:
The loss of Kevin Johnson at the start of the season was huge considering Johnson had become one of the more prominent members of the Texans’ secondary with his fantastic ability to cover both outside and slot receivers—allowing the Texans a lot of schematic versatility. The issue here is that for the past two off-seasons Johnson has been recovering from injury. After his rookie season he underwent surgery on a fractured foot and a broken left wrist. This season he was sidelined with a broken foot, which kept him out for the majority of the season. When healthy, Johnson has been great. He could be one of the NFL’s break out players this season.
Kareem Jackson’s position:
We talked about it in the safety preview the other day, but Kareem Jackson might be making the move to safety this season. The Texans played mostly nickel defense last season with three separate corners having 60+% of the total snaps played on defense. If Jackson makes the switch to safety then it’ll open up one of those spots. Kevin Johnson’s versatility means he could play either in the…
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