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Kuharsky: Pollard-Wilson Safety Tandem Rank Second in AFC South

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN”s AFC South Blog ranked the Houston Texans safety tandem of Bernard Pollard and Eugene Wilson second in the AFC South.  That ranks Pollard and Wilson behind the Indianapolis Colts’ three safeties Antoine Bethea, Bob Sanders and Melvin Bullet, and ahead of the Tennessee Titans’ Chris Hope and Michael Griffin, and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Reggie Nelson and Gerald Alexander.  Pollard’s ballhawk ability certainly ranks this tandem second, and Kuharsky’s major concern comes from Wilson’s ability to match Pollard’s intensity.  Wilson’s 2009 season was injury-riddled to say the least, caused by Brett Favre’s illegal crackback block in the preseason and broken toes in November, which landed Wilson on the injured reserve.  However, Wilson is back at 100% and plans to play with the same ole intensity.  Look for this tandem to open a lot of eyes in 2010.

If Wilson does find himself battling injuries in 2010, the Texans backup safeties at this time include third-year versatile, capable-fill-in Dominique Barber, second-year true free safety Troy Nolan,  the versatile rookie defensive back Sherrick McManis, and two undrafted free agents in Nicholas Polk of Indiana and Torri Williams of Purdue.

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