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Texans’ Biggest 2013 Addition is Healthy Cushing

Posted on 28. May, 2013 by in NFL

The NFL offseason is winding down, and fans with Houston Texans tickets now have a pretty good idea of who is going to be on the roster when the season opens in three months. While the Texans lost several key free agents this offseason, including OLB Connor Barwin, FB James Casey, S Glover Quin and WR Kevin Walter, they did manage to add some key pieces of their own via free agency and the draft, as S Ed Reed, P Shane Lechler, FB Greg Jones, WR DeAndre Hopkins and DE Sam Montgomery should all play important roles in the coming season. However, Houston’s biggest addition to the roster in 2013 will be ILB Brian Cushing, who played in just five games before tearing his ACL and undergoing season-ending surgery. Cushing appears to be on track in his recovery, and should be ready to go by the time the Texans open the season in San Diego on September 9.

While the Texans went on to post 12 regular season wins and a first round playoff victory over the Bengals, they no doubt the former All-Pro in the middle of the defense. Cushing is one of the best all-around linebackers in the league, and makes an impact in all facets of the game. His absence was most noticeable in the passing game, as opponents averaged over 50 more yards per game with Cushing on the sideline. Brady James and Tim Dobbins were serviceable run stoppers, but they are not nearly as adept in coverage as Cushing in, allowing backs and tight ends to find more open space in the middle of the field. In all, Houston’s opponents scored nearly nine more points per game with Cushing on the sideline, and the Texans were unable to slow down the Patriots in their second-round playoff meeting. Cushing alone does not ensure the Texans of more success this time around, but his healthy return to the lineup gives Houston one of the marquee additions of the 2013 offseason.

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