Houston Texans Sign Safety Marcus Gilchrist

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Texans defensive back Marcus Gilchrist
Newly signed Texans defensive back Marcus Gilchrist

The Houston Texans have signed free agent safety Marcus Gilchrist to a one-year deal. Gilchrist spent 2011-2014 with the San Diego Chargers and 2015-16 with the New York Jets. Gilchrist became expendable due to the Jets drafted two safeties in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Marcus Gilchrist was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Having started 69 out of 91 games he has appeared in, Gilchrist is a consistent contributor on the defensive side of the ball.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Game Game Def Def Def Def Fumb Fumb Sack Sack Sack
Year Age Tm G GS Int Yds Lng PD FF FR Sk Tkl Ast
2011 23 SDG 14 4 2 22 21 4 0 1 27 7
2012 24 SDG 16 4 0 0 0 2 1.0 48 11
2013 25 SDG 16 16 2 43 26 5 1 1 1.0 59 18
2014 26 SDG 16 16 1 4 4 5 2 0 1.0 59 17
2015 27 NYJ 16 16 3 31 31 7 60 22
2016 28 NYJ 13 13 2 25 25 3 1 0 38 15
Care Care 91 69 10 125 31 26 4 2 3.0 291 90
4 yr 4 yr SDG 62 40 5 69 26 16 3 2 3.0 193 53
2 yr 2 yr NYJ 29 29 5 56 31 10 1 0 98 37

Marcus Gilchrist 10 career interceptions through his first six seasons. With 26 pass deflections and 291 tackles in his career, he is a productive NFL defensive back.

Since the Houston Texans have been unable to solve their safety problem, the front office is taking a chance on a player coming off a serious injury. Gilchrist’s 2016 season came to an end in week 13 with a torn patellar tendon.

Gilchrist expects to slot in as the start opposite Andre Hal in the defensive backfield. The arrival of Gilchrist signals the end of any Kareem Jackson position change experiment. This will benefit the Texans defense due to keeping Jackson in his natural position. As a result of Jackson reminding as a cornerback, he will be more productive.

The combination of Hal and Gilchrist will provide to be difficult to opposing offenses. Throwing over the top will not be an easy task due to the play at the back of the defense. While there will be a learning curve for Gilchrist, he will make a solid contribution for the Texans defense.

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