Ready to Break Out? Jared Crick

Ready to Break Out? Jared Crick
February 14, 2014, 8:00 am
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Jared Crick played 20 percent of Texans' defensive snaps in his rookie season.

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This week, Texans reporter Dave Zangaro will take a look at five candidates who might have a chance to break out in 2014. We've already looked at Ryan Griffin, Brandon Brooks, DeVier Posey and Brandon Harris. Up now, Jared Crick.

2013 stats: 11 tackles, three passes defensed

Contract status: Signed through 2015

A look back at 2013: Crick was the first defensive end off the bench after J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith. Crick played about 26 percent of the team’s snaps. The one area he really improved on was getting his hands up. Something Watt is famous for, Crick has become pretty darn good at it too.

Where Crick hasn’t gotten much better is in the pass rush, which is a shame. He worked very hard on that part of his game last offseason.

Outlook for 2014: While folks are worried about Watt’s role in Romeo Crennel’s defense, Crick would be a perfect end in that same system. Crick isn’t a great pass-rusher; he just isn’t. But he’s pretty good against the run. That’s the role Crennel’s ends have filled in the past. It would be a great fit for Crick if that’s the way the defense goes.

Prediction for 2014: Crick is in line to be a starting defensive end because Antonio Smith is a free agent. But even if the Texans don’t bring Smith back, they’ll probably get another defensive end somewhere, maybe even Jadeveon Clowney in the draft. So Crick might be back to a reserve or he might have a chance to battle for a starting gig.