Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 7/30/12

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans looks on during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Houston won 31-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
HOUSTON Texans coach Gary Kubiak was effusive in his praise, and one object of his accolades on Monday underscored why the Texans should maintain the momentum they established defensively in 2011. That Kubiak deemed it necessary to applaud third-year cornerback Sherrick McManis for having a "great morning" reinforced just what might be the Texans' most overlooked asset defensively: their depth. What the Texans confirmed last season through the losses of outside linebacker Mario Williams (pectoral) and free safety Danieal Manning (leg) for varying stretches was they cultivated enough talent to withstand significant attrition. As they opened training camp in advance of a season rife with great expectations, the Texans have gained renown for their accumulated frontline talent on defense with 10 starters back. But what McManis reinforced in spelling Kareem Jackson (hamstring) Monday is that he and Brice McCain are capable. Troy Nolan filled in admirably when Manning was sidelined fo...
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