Houston Texans free agent spotlight: Stevie Brown

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Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (20) and strong safety Stevie Brown (27) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Predictions for the Texans

This offseason, the Texans signed Stevie Brown late into free agency, and possibly allowed the team to cast off the underwhelming D.J. Swearinger. With the current depth at safety, Brown should have a great shot to compete for a starting position.

Due to the defensive scheme the Texans play in, Brown should have an even easier time securing a top spot. Most teams play one free safety, who excels in coverage and is essentially a center fielder for the defense, and one strong safety, who excels in run support and tackling.

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Houston takes a somewhat different approach, instead fielding two hybrid safeties, who they seem to prefer be better at coverage than run support. This is good for Brown as both he and Moore play best at free safety, meaning that they won’t have to compete for only one spot.

But while Brown had a very good 2012 season, Moore has been significantly more consistent, and is the better safety at this point. But Brown has a lot of upside that the Texans coaching staff obviously would like to capitalize on. This should lead to him playing a good percentage of snaps this season.

Based on how Brown was able to perform in 2012, combined with his production in the other seasons of play, I would predict that Brown will finish the year with 60 tackles and 2 interceptions.

That about does it for this week’s edition of Free Agent Spotlight. Comment below if you have your own predictions, or if you have a request for a player to cover next week!

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