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Houston Texans Work Out Ryan Pickett; Is Jerrell Powe's Job In Jeopardy?

In response to Rashad Jennings running all over Romeo Crennel's defense this past weekend, the Texans have worked out veteran defensive lineman Ryan Pickett. What does this mean for the nose tackles currently on Houston's roster?

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According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Texans may be looking to bolster their defensive line.

Pickett, a 35 year old veteran who carries a whopping 340 pounds on his 6’2" frame, is likely being looked at as an option to help a (thus far) dreadful Texans run defense in the wake of poor performances from Jerrell Powe and Jared Crick.

Houston is currently ranked 25th in rushing yards allowed per game at 141. Last season in Green Bay, where Pickett started all 16 games, the Packers also finished the season 25th in run defense, allowing 125 yards a game respectively. Whether Pickett could improve a defensive line that is seemingly toothless outside of the incomparable J.J. Watt is up in the air, but it is telling that the front office is already looking at other options.

UPDATE: The Texans signed Pickett after placing Louis Nix on IR.

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