*At the conclusion of June's minicamp, HoustonTexans.com huddled with the team's position coaches to get their respective thoughts on the projected starters. This is the sixth 'Coaches Commentary' in a series of articles that will go through the roster, position by position.
2 INT (1 TD) in 2012
Pro Bowler in 2012, 2013
“J-Joe had a great spring. Last year he was obviously injured a lot so it was kind of an up and down year. For a corner, when you have injuries to your legs and hips, that makes a difference because you make your money with your legs.
He’s got great quickness and great long speed. He plays with great technique. He wants the challenge. That’s what’s great about J-Joe: he wants to cover the best guy each week. Most guys don’t want that challenge but he wants it. And for the most part, he’s done a great job with everyone he’s covered. If he’s healthy, he’s one of the best corners in the league."
4 INT (1 TD) in 2012
47 total tackles last season
“He’s made giant leaps the last two years, and we expect him to make more leaps this year. He wants to be a great corner, a Pro Bowl player. That’s the way he’s worked, that’s the way he’s studied.
He’s confident, he wants to be great. From any guy I’ve ever coached, he’s improved the most from the first to the second year. He went from a guy that no one thought could play to being one of the top corners in our conference. He’s going to have a great year in my opinion.”
2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
61 career INT
“Ed’s got the highest football IQ I’ve been around as far as a player. He knows what that position entails, he knows how to play the position.
This guy’s going to be a great treat to coach and great for our guys to be around. What makes him a great player is his football IQ. Most guys can be really smart and get there but can’t make the play. Ed’s going to make the play. That makes him special.”
2 INT (1 TD) in 2012
59 total tackles last season
“I think D-Man’s to the point right now where he knows what he’s doing and he knows what everyone else is doing. When you get to that point in this defense, you’re gonna play fast. He’s already been playing fast but now he knows exactly what’s going on with everybody on the field.
Ball skills-wise, he’s got receiver hands, he can cover like a corner. He has all three tools you want to be a great safety. Now adding with him two guys with great experience and great physical ability, that’s gonna make our position really tough to beat."