It is expected that first-round rookie Kareem Jackson will start opposite intriguing second-year pro Glover Quin. Both corners can play the physical press coverage that defensive coordinator Frank Bush prefers. However, Houston has a litany of backups with starting experience, including Jacques Reeves, Fred Bennett and Antwaun Molden.
Reeves is decent most of the time (including in isolated man coverage deep), but he tends to fall into ruts and get picked on. The athletically fluid Bennett is the most gifted of the bunch, but he’s never been well-liked by coaches. Recently, Gary Kubiak said that Molden has the ability to be a starter if only he could stay on the field. Molden is 100 percent healthy after missing all but four games with a quad injury last season. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury late in his’08 rookie year.
"He's just missed so much time," Kubiak said of Molden on the Texans website. "Every time he's ever been out here, he's shown that he belongs and has the ability to start in this league. It's just about him holding up. It's been a good offseason for him, but I could say the same thing for all of them. It'll be very competitive."
-- Andy Benoit
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