HOUSTON — Cornerback Johnathan Joseph and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips arrived in Houston last year and found the NFL’s worst pass defense.
Since camp began on Saturday, just about everyone has watched the right side of the offensive line at one time or another.
On Sunday morning at the Texans’ second day of practice of the young preseason, I was hanging out with my co-host John Granato watching the wide receivers go one-on-one against the cornerbacks in pass catching drills when Evan Koch of the Texans media relations team walked by and asked us who we thought the one surprise would be to make the team and who we thought the surprise cut would be.
Last year, inside linebacker Bradie James was playing his last season with the Dallas Cowboys, and inside linebacker Brian Cushing was helping the Texans finish 10-6 and rank second in defense.
Coach Gary Kubiak singled out rookie receiver DeVier Posey and three veterans, two veterans on defense — end Antonio Smith, nose tackle Earl Mitchell and outside linebacker Brooks Reed — for praise after the morning practice.
HOUSTON — Duane Brown’s four-game suspension in 2010 for violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancing drugs was the low point of his career.