The Houston Texans have signed defensive tackle Terrell McClain, who played for the New England Patriots very briefly this season from the 26th of September to the 2nd of October. The Pats worked him and Antonio Dixon out earlier in September before settling on signing McClain. Bobby Carpenter took his spot on the roster as a contingency plan behind rookie Dont’a Hightower.
The USF product and 2011 third-round pick has potential as an interior pass rusher in sub-packages, but he is undersized and was the worst DT in the league last season against the run. I don’t see that changing any time soon, but he can be a quality player in this league if he develops enough as a pass rusher. He has upside there, and that upside can be tapped by Wade Phillips and the Houston Texans.
McClain will be able to play for his first 3-4 defense in the NFL after previously playing for the Carolina Panthers as a rookie. He was so bad with the Panthers that they released him in favor of former Buffalo Bills veteran Dwan Edwards. I actually like McClain’s prospects in a 3-4 at DE a lot more than as a 4-3 DT, but that’s only because he has more upside there. It’s a nice low-risk move for the Texans, as they could potentially morph him into an above-average pass rushing specialist.
He will take injured DE David Hunter’s place on the roster, as he was placed on the injured reserve with a foot injury. Let’s see if McClain gets enough of a chance to try and prove himself in this league while with Houston.
The Patriots play the Texans in December.
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