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Smith's versatility could be asset for Texans

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By Mike Wilkening

In newly signed Wade Smith, the Texans have an offensive lineman who can play all three positions, which gives them an array of options as they figure out who will start along the interior of the line. Moreover, such versatility is valuable on game day, with teams having just 45 players on the active roster. The 6-4, 296-pound Smith might not start, but at the least, he'll be the top interior lineman off the bench. Smith started two games at left tackle and seven at right guard for Kansas City last season, but his future in Houston is inside. The Texans could have two new Week One starters at guard. OLG Chester Pitts is expected to depart in free agency and ORG Mike Brisiel, coming back from a foot injury, is likely to face a challenge from 2009 third-round pick Antoine Caldwell. Kasey Studdard, who filled in for the injured Pitts for the last 14 games of '09, could assume the starting role full-time this season.


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