Jags Expected To Have More Competition

The Houston Texans are completely making over the weak link of their team- their defense. Find out why they could be the Jaguars biggest threat in the AFC South.....Jacksonville passed on taking a cornerback early in the draft, but they may be able to get a mulligan. Find out how.

*Wade's world: Much has been made about the Houston Texans' transition to a 3-4 defense, and the personnel/positional changes that new coordinator Wade Phillips will enact: defensive end Mario Williams to linebacker, defensive tackle Amobe Okoye to end, strong-side linebacker Brian Cushing to inside linebacker, etc. But it's worth noting that Phillips, in inheriting a secondary that finished dead last in the league versus the pass in 2010, will confront some of the same problems he faced in Dallas last year. That's particularly true at safety, where neither of the Houston starters from a year ago, Eugene Wilson and Bernard Pollard, will return. The Texans may start a rookie, fifth-round pick Shiloh Keo of Idaho, at one of the safety spots. Keo is alleged to be a very bright guy who is usually around the ball (11 interceptions in college), but who still struggled in coverage at times. A solid tackler, Keo is nonetheless going to have a lot of responsibility for a youngster. The team may move one of its young veteran cornerbacks to safety as well, but there seems little doubt Phillips is going to have a pretty inexperienced interior secondary with which to cope, in addition to all the other changes he's making.

*Back on the case: There hasn't been much news of late emanating from some government agencies' investigation of NFL player representatives, and the reason is because the Feds had a much more important diversion: due diligence following the death of Osama bin Laden. Sports, and the potential indiscretions of agents, simply hasn't been a priority. But the several agents in the crosshairs of the probe, many of them located in the Southeast and a few of them fairly well-known names, shouldn't let down their guards just yet. One person very familiar with the government's digging told The Sports Xchange that the probe will resume at the end of the month.



*Supplemental insurance: The names certainly aren't set, and neither is the exact date, but the NFL plans on having a supplemental draft this summer. There has been some question about the legality of the special-cases draft, which has produced just one player taken in the top three rounds -- Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon by Washington in the third round in 2009 -- since 2006. But league vice president Greg Aiello confirmed to The Sports Xchange that the supplemental draft is covered explicitly in the expired collective bargaining agreement, the same way the regular-phase draft last month was directly addressed. As previously reported here, the supplemental draft lost a potential big-name player when former University of Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins opted to transfer and continue his college career elsewhere. There have been unsubstantiated rumors that Michael Floyd of Notre Dame might opt for the supplemental draft, but sources close to the wide receiver contend that isn't the case.

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