Very little turnover from the 2012 season, the 2013 cornerbacks are together again for another shot.
Joseph played the majority of the 2012 season with sports hernias which slowed him down during the season. He is still one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL and a big reason for the change in the mentality of the defense. He had off season procedures to get him healthy and he moved well in OTAs. If Joseph can get back to his 2011 self, the Texans will be in great shape in the secondary. He is a smart defensive back who helped the development of Kareem Jackson and is one of the top tandems in the NFL with Jackson.
Outlook: He is a top 10 cornerback in the NFL and having him healthy for the season is the most important thing.
If it wasn't for Watt's historical season, there would have been more press about the season Jackson had. The second best defender for the Texans in 2012, it was worth the wait to see where Jackson ended up as a player. Only 25 years old, Jackson has more room to grow as a player. He improved his coverage skills but most importantly Jackson played physical and was the hardest hitter out of the secondary. His confidence has grown and he is still continuing to grow in the Texans defense.
Outlook: It will be interesting to see how much more he grows as a player, but the Texans have a solid corner in Jackson. He will be fun to watch this coming season.
A foot injury put McCain on the injured reserve which weakened a struggling secondary. McCain is suited best at the Texans nickel position. His speed and quickness is perfect for the position. His play slipped last season but the Texans brought back the free agent to keep his role with the Texans. McCain has great coverage skills but his light frame leads to some missed tackles which cannot happen in open space. He is a solid player and the Texans need him to return to his 2011 level of play.
Outlook: The defense is better with McCain in the middle of the field and having him back in 2013 is a big boost.
Finally got his shot after McCain went down with his foot injury, and it was a learning experience for Harris during the 2012 season. Harris played against some of the top NFL passing teams late in the season and he was tested often through the air. He was overmatched at times and it showed with high completion rates and penalties. Harris gained confidence despite the tough stretch and his experience is added to an already seasoned group. He will have more time to develop but it was good for him to have the playing time last season.
Outlook: Will have to contribute on special teams and be ready when his number is called during the season.
Entering his third season, and his first real playing time last season came with injuries. Carmichael has been brought along slowly after spending his rookie season on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury. With such a small sample size of playing time, the verdict is still out on Carmichael and what he can do for the Texans. One thing is for sure, he is one of the fastest players on the field and will help on special teams for the 2013 season.
Outlook: He should make the final cut but the depth chart will keep his defensive snaps to a minimum.
The rookie from UCF made the biggest impression of all the rookie cornerbacks. Bouye made play after play during all the practices and seems to have a natural ability for finding the football. Bouye is a bigger cornerback, can play physical when needed, and can run with receivers step for step. Despite being undrafted, Bouye has an opportunity for bigger things in Houston.
Outlook: Bouye has a chance to make it on the final 53 man roster if he keeps progressing the way he has early on.
Howard out of The Ohio State is another rookie working to make an impression and will be in a three way battle for a spot on this team. Once again, the depth chart is not working well for him. Howard will have to keep putting work in every day and will have to over take Bouye for a chance on the team.
Outlook: Howard has as much a chance as any of the rookies. He has plenty ability to make this team and develop.
The final rookie of the trio, Adams was climbing up draft boards until a sub-par senior season. Adams is buried on the depth chart and the odds are stacked against him. He is a small corner that will have to come out strong during training camp and take advantage of every opportunity in front of him.
Outlook: Adams has the biggest road ahead of him and could be on the outside looking in by the end of training camp.