Cody well rested, back in full force

Cody well rested, back in full force
December 7, 2012, 2:45 pm
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After missing three games with rib and back injuries, Shaun Cody was back on the field for the Texans’ win over the Titans on Sunday.

And he plans on staying there.

“Reps were a little bit limited coming out of it but I feel great coming out of it,” said Cody, who added that he’ll absolutely be fine for Monday’s game. “Ready to go. Ready to make the push to the playoffs.”

Cody has never faced the Patriots but said he’s looking for the challenge. On Wednesday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had extremely complimentary words about Texans defensive ends J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith.

“I was upset that Bill didn’t mention me,” Cody said.  

In that conference call with Houston reporters, Belichick compared Watt and Smith to Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks, who played and fed off each other for the Giants in the 1980s.

“It’s tough to single out one of them,” Cody said. “I’ve never seen Lawrence Taylor or [Banks] play but I can see how it would be hard for an offense. It’s hard to concentrate on J.J. when Antonio is a big playmaker too. I can see that similarity.”

While Smith and Cody have flown under the radar this season, Watt hasn’t. He is second in the NFL in sacks and he is the frontrunner to win Defensive Player of the Year. But aside from sacking the quarterback, Watt’s impact has been felt by the rest of the members on the Texans’ defense.

“We’ll have a mistake here or there and he’s making a big play,” Cody said. “His closing speed is amazing. That’s how he helps out our defense. Every time we needed a big play this year, he’s given us one.”

Last Sunday, Cody got his first action in a while and his reps were limited. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As he explained, he generally gets fewer snaps when the team is in the lead, like it was on Sunday.

“My snaps are really dependent on how the games are going,” Cody said. “We got up on them a little bit so we go to more of a dime package where J.J. and Antonio are in there in a pass rush. Really, my reps are more determined by how the game’s going.”

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Cody said that the team’s success paired with his rotation with Earl Mitchell has afforded him fewer snaps – his highest total in any game this season was 21. But both of those things have also kept him fresher and more prepared for the postseason run.

“My reps are down but I’m pumped up for the team,” he said. “When we’re winning, I’m not worried about my reps.”

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