Houston Texans training camp: Previewing the safeties

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The Houston Texans have one of the league’s best defensive lines and overall defenses, but the secondary, primarily the safety position, is a huge question mark.

The team signed Chris Clemons, trying to upgrade the position. The five year veteran was solid with the Miami Dolphins, racking up 17 passes defended, four picks and 207 tackles. He should instantly improve the safety position there.

Rookie strong safety D.J. Swearinger had a solid season. He finished with 54 tackles, an interception, one forced fumble and four passes defended. Those numbers are pretty strong for a safety, and they should improve in his second year,

The team also added another safety in free agency, Kendrick Lewis. Lewis has played his entire four-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he has seven interceptions, 22 passes defended, two forced fumbles and 140 tackles. Lewis is all over the field, and like Clemons, should be a huge boost to the team’s safety position.

Shiloh Keo, Eddie Pleasant and Jawanza Starling are the other safeties on the depth chart, but it’s tough to expect them to win the starting jobs.

Overall, the Texans safeties are looking a lot better than what they had in 2013. With the additions of Clemons and Lewis, and a hopefully stronger season from Swearinger just might give the Texans one of the most improved secondaries in 2014.

 

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