I'm trying to be nice about year two of the Kareem Jackson experiment. The Texans did snag Brandon Harris in the second round, so they'll have an inexperienced backup plan that has some pedigree should Jackson falter again, but I'm not optimistic about Kareem's chances of being more than a role player at cornerback right now. I said the same things about Duane Brown after one year, so I can see why the Texans are still willing to let Jackson try again, but it looks like new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has eyes. Like me, he can see that Jackson's biggest problem is that he doesn't have any recovery speed:
"You want corners who want to compete," Phillips said. "We didn't just look at (tape of) games. We looked at practice, too. He's got competitiveness, and he's got quickness. (But) I'm worried about his (deep) speed."
One of my hidden agendas in the argument about moving Glover Quin to safety is that perhaps Kareem Jackson is the one who should move to safety. If he has the technique and the instincts, but not the speed, shouldn't that imply that he's perfect for safety? I know they can't move him right away as they want to give him a fair chance, but it seems silly to move Quin to safety, then have to move Jackson to safety the next year if he flames out as well. I guess the upside is that since the safeties are interchangeable in the Phillips scheme, they could both do it?