Considering all the changes and additions to the Texans on the defensive side, this is how we project the starting defense would look if they started playing now.

Photos Of The Projected Starters

DE Antonio Smith
Smith will lineup on the left side of the three-man front.

NT Shaun Cody
Right now, it looks like Cody will play the nose position of the three-man front.

DE J.J. Watt
The rookie, a first-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, is expected to start right away and will line up on the right side, opposite of Antonio Smith.

OLB Mario Williams
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is moving Mario from defensive end to outside linebacker.

LB DeMeco Ryans
Ryans will return to captain the Texans defense and will play on the inside.

LB Brian Cushing
Cushing will play in the middle, to the right of DeMeco Ryans.

OLB Connor Barwin
We think Barwin will play opposite of Mario Williams as an outside linebacker.

CB Kareem Jackson
Jackson, whose rookie struggles were painful to watch, is still considered a starting cornerback.

CB Johnathan Joseph
The veteran cornerback was brought in to be the veteran leader and playmaker of the secondary.

S Danieal Manning
Manning will start at safety.

S Glover Quin
Wade Phillips is moving Quin from cornerback to safety, where he will start.

Tell what you think about this starting lineup under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

Comments (6)
  1. T MAC says:

    I was just looking at some tape on Brooks Reed. I’m not so sure Connor has that other OLB locked right now.

  2. Lonny says:

    In a radio interview Watt said he was told he would line up on the left side.

    1. Geraldine says:

      Absolutely! In fact, you may even wish to build a rocket of your own to join us in the wdmoernent that is a launching-of-a-rocket-that-is-your-very-own.But even if you don’t build your own, you can still watch. We may even let you push the launch button!

  3. T.J. says:

    Earl Mitchell will be the starting nose by week 1. I also look for Shilo Keo to either be starting or logging starters minutes by mid season.

  4. M.C says:

    If Barber starts we are in serious trouble. Secondary is still trash, and Wade has to find a way to get Brooks Reed on the field early and often. Bobby needs to open his check book and get us some help!

  5. Eric says:

    i would feel better if kareem jackson didint start. Hopefully we can sign a veteran CB when free agency begins. Two very young CB, even with better coaching is still not safe

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