Two Part Special: 10 Changes You Should Be Aware of For Your 2010 Texans

Here at TexansGab.com, we’re pleased to bring you the top 10 changes you should be aware of for your 2010 Houston Texans.  Take a glance at the first five changes, and comment if you’d like.  We’ll have the last five tomorrow!

1. Kareem Jackson’s In, Dunta Robinson’s Out. In case you haven’t heard Dunta Robinson left for the Falcons and their ridiculous six-year, $57 million contract, with $22.5 in guarantees. The Texans weren’t about to pull that trigger for a long-ball prone and once muscle-detached-from-the-leg corner,  so they drafted the well coached, athletic Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson in the first round of the 2010 draft.  From OTA’s to minicamps, this rookie has been getting the heralded praise the Texans need to hear out of their defensive backfield.  Look for him to struggle to keep up with the NFL speed, but if he’s anything of what the coaches are saying he is, look for him to more than fill Robinson’s scribbled shoes.

2.  Kasey Studdard’s In, Chester Pitts’ is Out. When Pitts, the the Texans former only franchise-lasting player, went down with season-ending knee injury in Week 2 of 2009, there began worries of the Texans offensive line returning to an early 2000’s form.  However, former Texas 2005 NCAA Champion Kasey Studdard filled in the void quite well.  Add in his backups in 2010 (Wade Smith and Shelley Smith) and you have few reasons to miss Pitts, who remains a free agent.

3. Brian Cushing Suspended Four Games, Former Texan Danny Clark  Fills-In. Last year’s Rookie of the Year has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance abuse policy.  We’ll miss him against the pass-happy Colts, and the run-heavy Redskins, Cowboys and Raiders.  Ouch!  However, the Texans signed Danny Clark this offseason, and we all know the “Assassin”  still has fuel in his tank.  Although he’s no Cushing, he brings his own set of skills to the Texans D.

4. Owen Daniels Returns Week 1 Off Major Knee Surgery, Backups? Owen Daniels has vowed to be ready by Week 1 and the doctor’s approve. So will he be full strength?  Likely not; however, the Texans have valuable backups in the 2009-Daniels’ fill-in Joel Dreesen, second-year capable receiver James Casey, and up and coming rookie Garrett Graham.  Look for Daniels to be eased back into playing shape early in the Texans season.  We all know we need him at full strength for all of 2010.

5. Texans Match Up against AFC West & NFC East among AFC South Rivals. When the schedules came out at the end of April, ESPN ranked the Texans’ schedule the number one most difficult schedule in the league.  Why?  They play the Redskins, Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos. Add an away game against the Jets and a home game against the Ravens and you have the NFL’s most difficult schedule.  Look for the Texans first 4 games to decide their fate and motivation to be a playoff team in 2010.


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