Texans Defensive Starters

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Texans Defense
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.
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DE Antonio Smith
Smith will lineup on the left side of the three-man front.
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NT Shaun Cody
Right now, it looks like Cody will play the nose position of the three-man front.
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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 left side, opposite of Antonio Smith.
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OLB Mario Williams
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is moving Mario from defensive end to outside linebacker. He'll line up on the right side.
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LB DeMeco Ryans
Ryans will return to captain the Texans defense and will play on the inside.
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LB Brian Cushing
Cushing will play in the middle, to the right of DeMeco Ryans.
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OLB Connor Barwin
We think Barwin will play opposite of Mario Williams as an outside linebacker.
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CB Kareem Jackson
Jackson, whose rookie struggles were painful to watch, is still considered a starting cornerback.
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CB Jason Allen
The veteran cornerback will be a starter until one of the younger cornerbacks emerges to take his position.
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S Troy Nolan
Nolan will start at safety.
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S Glover Quin
Wade Phillips is moving Quin from cornerback to safety, where he will start.
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CB Brandon Harris
The rookie, a second-round pick out of Miami, will play when the defense is in nickel formation.
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Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips
Tell what you think about this starting lineup under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
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