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2014 Houston Texans Training Camp: Slot CB A Two Horse Race?

Slot cornerback is one the hardest positions for GMs to find in all of football, yet the Texans might have stumbled onto two gems in A.J. Bouye and Andre Hal. Their battle for a roster spot should be among the best camp story lines of the year.


On a team full of nagging holes, the defensive back duo of Brice McCain and Brandon Harris were among the most consistently infuriating parts of the 2013 Texans. Slot receivers not only had success against the Texans, they downright flourished. Kendall Wright, T.Y. Hilton, Eddie Royal, and Julian Edelman eviscerated the Texans over the middle throughout the season, and it became clear as time went on that the Texans needed to make a change for 2014. If the start of this year’s training camp is anything to go by, that necessity for change has not gone away.

Enter A.J. Bouye and Andre Hal.

Bouye, who had an impressive camp last year before losing his rookie season to injured reserve, has forced himself back into the conversation with another strong start in 2014.

Bouye’s main competition for a roster spot likely comes in the form of rookie corner Andre Hal. Hal, who I profiled in detail in the spring, was a personal favorite of mine throughout the pre-Draft process. Quick footed, instinctive, smart, and as hard working as anyone could ever want, the former Commodore is a perfect fit for a team in need of a reliable slot defender. If Hal carries his momentum from practice with him for the rest of camp, he may yet earn himself a roster spot this September.

What do you think, BRB? Is slot corner about to turn from a weakness into a strength, or will our optimism once again turn into despair when the regular season lights come on? Sound off below.