Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans helmet on the sidelines against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Vikings 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Since the Houston Texans drafted Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick this past Thursday in the 2014 NFL Draft, that meant there were going to be some changes to the Texans’ linebacker positioning.
Change at LB spot for Brooks Reed
Clowney was drafted as a defensive end out of South Carolina, but with the Texans playing a 3-4 defensive scheme under defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, his first year with the Texans.
The Texans have said Clowney could play some at outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.
Last offseason, Reed did play some inside during training camp.
In an article on houstontexas.com, Reed was quoted on the change to ILB this upcoming season:
"“They are pretty different positions in the 3-4 (defense), that is,” Reed said. “But it’s something that I can do and that I’ve done in the past minimally, but it’s something that I’m up for if that happens.”"
I really like having Reed as an inside linebacker for a change. The inside of the Texans defense is going to be a very strong aspect of this defense with not only Reed inside, but Louis Nix III at nose tackle, plus there is this guy named Brian Cushing who will also be on the inside as well. Plus with J.J. Watt and Clowney on the outside … this defense is going to do some damage in 2014.
If they all can just stay healthy, plus having Whitney Mercilus out there as well, this defense will be fun to watch, if nothing else.
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