The Houston Texans are headed into Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins with high expectations and a 1-0 record. The Texans had a convincing win last week at home against the Indianapolis Colts, but it's time to move on a look to game #2 of the season. With a roster with more talent the Texans have had in a while, it seems the contributors on game day can come from anywhere.
On Sunday there are some players who are on the verge of "breaking out" and giving Texans' more reason to cheer. Here are five players who a primed for a breakout game on Sunday.
Connor Barwin- With a position change the learning curve has been difficult for Barwin going into his third season as a pro. With a devastating injury that ended his season in 2010, Barwin was kept at bay by the Colts and held him with one tackle, but he had two quarterback pressures on Sunday. With Mario Williams, J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith causing issues for offenses, Barwin will have plenty of one on one opportunities to become a force off the edge. The Texans need Barwin to have a solid game and provide another player for opposing offenses to worry about.
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Bryant Johnson- The late addition to the Texans, Bryant Johnson will see more playing time with Kevin Walter injured. It will be a good chance that David Anderson will push Johnson for snaps, but having another big receiver could provide match-up problems for the Dolphins. If it is Owen Daniels, Jacoby Jones or Johnson, someone needs to provide another threat in the passing game. Johnson provides another big target for Matt Schaub and could provide another reason for the Dolphins defense to worry about.
Kareem Jackson- The much criticized defensive back has come into game two of the season with a good camp and preseason. He will be tested by Chad Henne, Brandon Marshall and Devone Bess who have been together for a full season, and on Sunday the Dolphins racked up 416 passing yards against the New England Patriots. Jackson did a good job on Sunday in coverage and helping in run support, only one tackle to his credit he was close to an interception off a deflected pass from Glover Quin. Jackson will get a real test on Sunday traveling to Miami and see if he has truly made an improvement from 2010.
Tim Jamison- With only 5 active defensive lineman for the Texans, Tim Jamison's snaps will go up by default. Wade Phillips mentioned early in camp that he had no clue who Jamison was, but he made big plays during the preseason and Phillips took notice. With his steady play, the Texans let go of Tim Bulman because of the confidence Jamison has provided over the last months. Jamison will be put to the test against a decent offensive line that the Dolphins that includes Jake Long, but he will fill in when needed for J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith. He will have ample time to make an impact and prove he belongs in the defensive line rotation.
Brooks Reed- Reed needs to take snaps away from Mario Williams and Connor Barwin to provide much-needed depth at outside linebacker. He had a nice preseason, but he had a few snaps on Sunday to provide an impact in the game. Reed needs to prove he can play on defense to spell Williams and Barwin and be a force off the edge. He has shown in preseason that he can make a difference on the pass rush and made some big plays that shows he can get it done. Reed has a chance to be a quality outside linebacker in the rotation with the Texans, and it could start against the Dolphins.