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Pondering Jacques Reeves

It's been a trying season for the Texans cornerbacks thus far. While Eugene Wilson helped make them look worse than they were over the first three weeks, the Raiders wide receivers helped them look better than they were last week. Kareem Jackson has been torched on multiple occasions, Brice McCain has been manhandled by bigger receivers, and Glover Quin allowed a touchdown, which is something I'm told he's not supposed to ever do.

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As the early roster cuts came out, the one that surprised most people was Jacques Reeves. Reeves had been the nickelback last year and played right in line with his career to that point by most objective measures. Football Outsiders has him with a 56% adjusted success rate on throws to him last season, which ranked 22nd among qualifying NFL cornerbacks. His stop rate was very low, but it always has been. Reeves had a pretty pedestrian preseason, and wound up starting the fourth game, which is never good news, but I felt safe in assuming he'd probably be the dime corner, if not the nickel. The Texans had plenty of youngsters and Reeves was just 27 on opening day.

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Instead, he gets the axe on cutdown day. The Texans cornerbacks struggle much more than they had the year before, and the guys that made the roster over him, Antwaun Molden and Sherrick McManis, are too raw to be trusted. Or in the case of Molden, too raw to even stay healthy for a week. So Reeves must be making us look really stupid, right? Well, no, as Tom documented last week, he's going to birthday parties. He's had a few tryouts, but hasn't signed with anyone yet.

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So I guess the question I lay before you is: How cromulent is Jacque Reeves?

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