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Thoughts on Cato June and Buster Davis

With linebackers Cato June and Buster Davis signing the Texans recently, I got to thinking.  Were these moves made for depth?  Or could the Texans be contemplating a switch to Cover-2?  Let’s address these one at a time.
  • Pro Bowl middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans is holding out of voluntary OTA’s and may or may not be around mini-camp.  If he is not, the Texans new found depth at linebacker should be able to hold down the fort until Ryans returns.  Undoubtedly, Ryans is the teams best linebacker and is one of the core pieces of the defense.  But, if he is not in camp the team must still be able to run its defense.  Perhaps Zac Diles could switch to the middle and Buster Davis or Cato June could man the weak side and last year’s 4th round pick Xavier Abidi could play the strong side.  Xavier has put on close to 20 pounds this offseason after battling an illness last year.
  • Even if DeMeco does not hold out, the added depth is beneficial.  If the Texans draft a bigger outside linebacker in the early round of the draft, he could drop down on passing situations and a strong cover backer such as June could play the weak side position.  Perhaps a pass rush specialist will be added as well.  Imagine a pass rush of Mario Williams on one end, Amobi Okoye and Antonio Smith in the middle and a player such as Clay Matthews or the pass rusher on the other side.  That would be a good strong move towards playing in January.
  • Even if June and Davis aren’t big time contributors in any defensive package, they will surely add depth to special teams.  Finally, with added depth at many positions, the Texans will be able to draft the best available player and not be forced to reach for a player to fill a certain need.  All of these are signs of a well-run team.  Neither of the contracts were cap killers and are both low risk.
  • On the other hand, perhaps the Texans are planning a move to a Cover 2 defense.  If they can generate enough pass rush from the defensive line (which has not happened yet outside of Super Mario), speedy and rangy linebackers who can cover the middle of the field are needed.  Both June and Davis played for the Colts and June even spent two years in Tampa, learning from all time greats Derrick Brooks and coordinator Monte Kiffin.  Even if this is not the base defense, an added wrinkle can only help.  Adaptability and flexibility are signs of a good team.  Hopefully, these relatively minor moves can push the Texans toward the playoffs for the first time.

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One Response to “Thoughts on Cato June and Buster Davis”

  1. Jordy says:

    I think June is a backup at best. He’s basically Adibi if he gets hurt. I don’t think Davis will make the team.

    But, interesting theory.

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