Houston Texans positional breakdown: Safety

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Dec 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans strong safety Quintin Demps (27) picks up the ball fumbled by Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews (26) (not pictured) and runs for a touchdown during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans strong safety Quintin Demps (27) picks up the ball fumbled by Tennessee Titans running back Antonio Andrews (26) (not pictured) and runs for a touchdown during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) upsets the pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) upsets the pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

Free agent safety, Antonio Allen

One guy who will try and take the starting job from Demps will be former New York Jets safety Antonio Allen, who signed with the Texans this offseason.

Vitals
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 210 Pounds
Age: 27
Career tackles: 77
Career interceptions: 1

While Allen does have 18 starts to his credit, he hasn’t been spectacular thus far in his career. Still, he’s had a solid career given that he was a seventh-round pick by the Jets back in 2012, so he shouldn’t be counted out completely.

2016 season prediction: 35 tackles, 1 interception

Dec 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) celebrates recovering a fumble against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Houston won 34-6. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans defensive back Eddie Pleasant (35) celebrates recovering a fumble against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Houston won 34-6. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports /

Fighting for more time, Eddie Pleasant

Former Oregon Duck safety Eddie Pleasant finally made some noise in a reserve role for Houston last season when he recorded 36 tackles, a half sack and two interceptions.

Vitals
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 210
Age: 27
Career tackles: 64
Career interceptions: 2

The hard hitting Pleasant looks to expand upon that success in 2016 and his primary competition for time will be the recently signed Antonio Allen. They may both end up on the roster but it’s most likely that only one will get extensive playing time in sub packages.

Smart money may be on Allen since Pleasant has been here four seasons but the Texans still were looking for more depth.

2016 season prediction: 15 tackles

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