Unsung Players for the Texans in 2011

Patrick D. Starr

There are many players who contribute to a NFL team that don't get the recognition that many deserve, and the Houston Texans have a few who are key parts in the big picture for the Texans.

Darryl Sharpton has to stay healthy, can he?
Darryl Sharpton has to stay healthy, can he?

Many of these players don't get the notiority of their other big name teammates, but they do play big roles on game days. This is a short ode to these players who will play an important role for the Texans for the rest of the season.

Joel Dreessen- the second tightend on the roster, but he gets plenty of playing time with the offense. At 6'4" 245 he is called to do some serious run blocking working side by side with tackles Duane Brown and Eric Winston. Dreessen is an important piece of making the Texans running attack work, blocking bigger defensive ends and even pass blocking when needed. Dresseen can also surprise when apart of the pass game, he has 10 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Mike Brisiel- "Biscuit" as they call him is not flashy or the best of the offensive lineman, but he is as consistent as you can get them. He works on the right side with Winston, but gets lost in the shuffle playing on the inside. He has solidified his spot on the interior and this is evident with all the snaps taken by him and no longer rotating with Antoine Caldwell during the games. Brisiel will not make a pro bowl, but he continues to work hard to make the Texans offensive line one of the best in the NFL.

Shaun Cody- He was shunned by the fanbase before he even took a snap in the 2011 season as the starting nose tackle of the Texans. Cody has been a nice surprise using his stocky frame to clear running lanes for the inside linebackers to make things happen. Cody has even provided a spark in the pass rush game collapsing the pocket, and has 1 sack to his credit. It is apparent how important he is in the run game defense, don't believe me go and look at how the Ravens game ended with him out of the game.

Darryl Sharpton- He has given some quality snaps for the Texans defense with DeMeco Ryans trying to get back to where he was. Sharpton early in the season got some playing time in goal line situations, but with Ryans trying to get healthy, Sharpton snaps have increased and has not become a liability in the defensive scheme. Last Sunday he had just a handful less snaps than Ryans against the Titans, and was make sure tackles in the game. Look for Sharpton's role to increase as the season progresses.

Brice McCain- With all of the attention being put to the other corners, McCain has locked down the slot receivers so far in 2011. He has only 8 tackles, but has 5 pass deflections and 1 interception which was returned for a touchdown. He has a tough task to try and stay with recivers in the middle of the field, but he has taken the challenge and provided some good coverage in the middle of the field. McCain, most importantly, has kept opposing teams from getting big plays from their slot receivers. With McCain the Texans have finally got some good depth in their secondary compared to previous years and look for him to build on his early success and confidence from his defensive back coach Vance Joseph.

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