Harris and Carmichael: Time to step up
Get to know Texans' defensive backs Brandon Harris and Roc Carmichael because they'll be on the field trying to slow down Tom Brady Monday night. Johnathan Joseph and Allen Ball are going to be day-to-day all week and be game-time decisions by kickoff. It was announced Monday that Brice McCain will be out for eight weeks after undergoing surgery to insert a screw in his broken foot. With McCain out, it will be Harris to play the inside against Wes Welker.
"Obviously now with Brice being out, Brandon will be the guy that plays inside for us in nickel," Gary Kubiak said Monday. "This team can force you to play a couple guys inside so you could be in dime. You never know how you’re going to get played, but we’ve got a couple young players who are going to have to step up and play well and that’s our rock."
Harris was an All-ACC selection at Miami and was drafted in the second round by the Texans in 2011 after leaving after his junior year. Harris played in seven games last season but only four this year. Harris hasn't been on the field much, but it hasn't been because of his ability.
"I told you all I think last week, Brandon has been chomping at the bit," Kubiak said. "He’s been close to getting on the field for a while and has just been kind of the odd man out. Now it’s time. You go from playing zero to playing 59 yesterday so it tells you what’s fixing to happen with this young career of his. We’re excited for his opportunity.”
It is now Harris' time. As well as Carmichael's. And they are going to be thrown in against Tom Brady Monday and their youth could make Texans' fans fearful.
“Well it’s Monday and it’s scary so I’m sure it’s going to be real scary getting toward the end of the week," Kubiak said about his young secondary facing Brady. "We know we’re going to play a great player and one of the top passing games in the business for a long, long time. It’s a challenge. Our season is going to be really about some of these young guys really stepping up and what they’ve become here as we continue to move forward. I’m excited for them. I liked what I saw from Brandon and Roc yesterday. I think Brandon is very competitive, has a lot of confidence. We’ve got to get some of penalty issues settled down with him, but he doesn’t lack any confidence and that’s what you’re looking for. They’re just going to have to rise to the occasion and we can sure help them if we can rush the passer like we did yesterday.”