Texans Rookie Brandon Harris Talks in his Rookie Diary
Patrick D. Starr
There have been a lot of question marks surrounding on why second round draft pick Brandon Harris has been getting little time in the corner backs rotation in the 2011 season. The fans in the Texans fan base have also want to see Harris on the field in an important role on the defense.
Harris has been inactive for 6 of the Texans 8 games and has played primarily special teams and has had some time in the secondary against the Raiders. With the free agent signing of Johnathan Joseph and emergence of Jason Allen and Brice McCain Harris has been buried in the Texans depth chart. Also with corner backs Kareem Jackson and Sherrick McManis on the active roster Harris has been learning the game from the sideline.
Harris came from the University of Miami and has worked closely with Texans' wide receiver and Miami Alumnist Andre Johnson. Harris who was coached by his father in high school comes from a solid background and a top national program in the Hurricanes. Harris left after his junior year in college and was taken by the Texans in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft (60th overall) when the Texans traded up to get him. He was supposed to fill a void in the secondary, but with the signing of Joseph and good play from the Texans holdovers from the previous season, Harris has been left watching.
Harris said this in his rookie diary,
"Sometimes things don’t go as you expected to go when you first get in here, but you realize that you’ll benefit from it in the long run, being able to learn mentally before you physically actually get out there and perform."
He also talked about his first time when he played in a game time situation,
"But the moment I touched that field and the moment I actually got out there and started covering guys and started getting confident and blitzing and making plays, I just felt comfortable. You know you belong out there."
"I’m happy I was able to adjust that quickly and not have a problem with it. It kind of left that taste in my mouth that I’m ready to get back out there, so it’s been testing my patience a little bit, just waiting for that next opportunity."
It would be great to see him out there, but I think the Texans are wary of putting him in a bad situation and damaging his confidence. Consider this his red shirt year in the NFL and only being 21 years old, Harris has plenty of football ahead of him. The Texans secondary is playing at a high level and more importantly with Wade Phillips and defensive backs coach Vance Joseph running the show, Harris is in good hands.
Sitting Harris might not be the fan favorite thing to do, but having Harris in a Texans uniform for the long haul should be the goal. Having him ready to go when it is his time to step into the role of a starter is what Texans' fans should be waiting for. A gifted athlete and even better person, Harris is being groomed for success in the near future for the Texans.
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* All quotes from Harris were taken from his "Rookie Diary" on Houston Texans .com you can see his full entry here.