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Scarlett vs Cunningham: Who Will Start For Texans?

When the Houston Texans begin training camp,Alex Smith Jersey, there is going to be a number of position battles. The battle for the starting outside linebacker position opposite of Whitney Mercilus will be an intriguing one. Whoever is the starter will have free reign due to the dominance of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. It all comes down to two players. Rookie Zach Cunningham and one year pro Brennan Scarlett.

Cunningham was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. During his tenure at Vanderbilt,Tyreek Hill Jersey, 36 for loss with six sacks. The concerning aspect is that Cunningham did not have a sack in his final season. This is attributed to the additional attention he received as a Junior. The good news is that with Watt and Clowney, Cunningham was a tackling machine. Accumulating 256 tackles in three seasons, Cunningham will be able to run free against single blockers and have a clear path to the quarterback.

Scarlett did not contribute much of anything as a rookie. Only making seven appearances during the season. His three tackles and seven assists were nothing to write home about. Even considering his college stats,Authentic Blake Bortles Jersey, Scarlett made 90 total tackles,Authentic Allen Robinson Jersey, Scarlett was never all that impressive. Over his four seasons,Jalen Ramsey Jersey, 16.5 for loss and 11 sacks. Six and a half of his sacks came during his senior season at Stanford compared to his four and a half during his previous three seasons at Cal.

The debate could come down to who has a better comprehension of the defensive scheme. The edge Scarlett has over Cunningham is his experience with the team and knowledge of the playbook. While Scarlett has the advantage of time, Cunningham produced more at the college level. Cunningham’s success at the college level can translate to the NFL almost instantly.

he will be unleashed week one.,The Texans will more than likely choose raw talent over experience. Scarlett’s experience is minimal, but there is the possibility that the coaching staff wants to give him time to learn and eliminate any poor tendencies. Once all bad mechanics and tendencies are eliminated,Blake Bortles Jersey,Allen Robinson Jersey, but some coaching staff’s value any experience over no experience. Cunningham will end up being the better player long term,Authentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey,Authentic Alex Smith Jerseyy,Authentic Tyreek Hill Jersey, the coaching staff will unleash him on the league. If Cunningham accomplishes this during camp

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