The Texans gave ILB Joe Mays a tryout today and signed him, bringing much-need depth to the inside linebacker position.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 29, 2013
Guess he did well enough, hmm?
Since people saw the hit in yesterday's report, it should be noted that quarterback Matt Schaub bears no resentment towards Mr. Mays. Okay, let's talk what this means on the field.
Mays, 28, is entering his fifth season. Last year, he broke his lower left leg and was placed on injured reserve after becoming a full-time starter the season before. Yes, your Houston Texans now have three linebackers coming off season-ending injuries.
Mays isn't expected to compete for a starting position, but he's more meant to be insurance in case Darryl Sharpton gets hurt (again). Apparently, the Texans learned from seeing Shane Vereen and Prisoner 81 slice up their inside linebackers last year. The Texans went out and bolstered their depth without signing some over-the-hill veteran. All in all, it's a good, cautious move.
Thoughts, BRBers? Happy to see another inside linebacker enter the fold?
P.S.: Want to read about another Texans inside linebacker? Check out this MMQB piece on Brian Cushing.