Free-agent scouting report: Texans C Chris Myers

Posted Feb. 24, 2012 @ 10:05 a.m.
Posted By Arthur Arkush

This is the 12th in a series of scouting reports on key players who are expected to become free agents on March 13, unless they are re-signed or franchised before then.

News: Myers doesn't carry the same luster as OLB Mario Williams or RB Arian Foster, but make no mistake: the team's starting center is an integral part of the Houston offense that the Texans view as a priority to re-sign this offseason. Perhaps working in the Texans' favor for retaining Myers' services is the perception around the league that he is a system player who is in the best position for success with the Texans, a zone-stretch run-blocking team. The running game has flourished the past two seasons, finishing seventh overall in 2010 and second last season. While Foster deserves plenty of credit — he has been one of the league's most productive backs during that span — the continuity and experience of the blocking in front of him, led by Myers, has paid huge dividends.

Notes: Drafted by Denver in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL draft, Myers, 30, has started every game in the past five seasons. The former Miami Hurricane was acquired by the Texans from the Broncos for a sixth-round pick in '08. He played in his first Pro Bowl in '11.

Positives: Myers is a natural leader who is very smart, experienced and durable. He has great lateral movement, demonstrates the ability to quickly get to the second level and occupy defenders and uses his hands well. He also understands angles well.

Negatives: At 6-4, 289 pounds, Myers lacks ideal size and strength for position. He's not a great athlete and lacks a mean streak — his game is based more on finesse. He's not violent with his hands and is not a great finisher.

Risk factor: There is very little risk associated with the Texans re-signing Myers, who has not missed a start since arriving in Houston in 2008. In addition to his durability, his blue-collar work ethic and great knowledge of the Texans' system make him a stalwart who can continue to perform at a high level. However, another team definitely would be rolling the dice. Not only would it need to employ a similar zone-blocking scheme but very few clubs run that type of offense with as much synergy as the Texans do.