In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.
Defensive end Jared Crick came into camp with an extra ten pounds on him from the previous season. Once again, Crick got off to a slow start to start the 2013 season but with some run game issues from starter Antonio Smith the playing time increased for the second year player from Nebraska.
Crick was not the pass rush player the Texans needed but his run game defense was second best on a defensive line that struggled all season. Crick finally understood leverage and played some good football late in the season when the team needed some real size in the run game.
Appearing in all 16 games and being a key piece in the special teams kickoff return game, Crick posted 20 tackles with three pass deflections. He became the third defensive end backing up both J.J. Watt and Smith during the year. If he can keep this progression, he can be a good depth player as his career continues in Houston.