The Texans had problems along their interior defensive line last season without D.J. Reader around. Ross Blacklock had less sacks than punches thrown. P.J. Hall was more bust than boom, and almost made plays. Brandon Dunn is still malleable. Houston’s run defense plummeted with Reader in Cincinnati and Benardrick McKinney on the injured reserve.
In an attempt to help matters, the Texans have taken a flier on a big man, and Vincent Taylor is a very big man. Taylor is a former sixth round pick of the Miami Dolphins, who spent last season in Cleveland, and comes in at 6’3” and 311 lbs. Taylor has one start in his four year career, and has picked up two sacks, seven tackles for a loss, and four quarterback hits. The Texans signed him to a one-year contract worth $2 million and $850K of it is guaranteed.
Let’s not kid ourselves. I’ve never knowingly watched Taylor play. You’ve never watched Taylor play. The people chattering about this move haven’t watched him play. Maybe this fall we will finally watch him play.