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2016 Houston Texans Player Profile: Duke Thomas

A closer look at the Houston Texans roster heading into the 2016 training camp.


Coming out of the University of Texas, Duke Thomas was a respected member of the Texas locker room and a gifted athlete who just lacked the production of an NFL-type playmaker. Most of the plays he'll be associated with are plays in which he bit on a double move and gave up big yards (such as a come-from-behind, game-winning TD by UCLA in the closing minutes of that game in 2014). But Thomas moved from an outside corner to the nickel cornerback for Texas last season - the most demanding position in the secondary in Charlie Strong's defensive scheme. That position has to be a good blitzer, a strong run defender - yet be able to match up against speedy slot receivers.

And Thomas did a good job of handling the nickel this past season. So his best football may be in front of him. (Chip Brown)


The cornerback position is full at the moment but Thomas is staying on the field compared to his other rookie counterparts. Thomas will have to show he can be more than just a nickel cornerback at the NFL level and that will be found out when pads are put on in training camp.

Roster Situation 

Practice squad is a real possibility.


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