New Texans ILB Bradie James has more experience in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ system than any of his new teammates. James spent four productive seasons under Phillips in Dallas, making 112 tackles per season. Nonetheless, James, whose production dipped considerably in 2011, was not brought in by Houston to compete for the starting job vacated by DeMeco Ryans, we hear. Instead, that spot is Darryl Sharpton’s to lose.
Sharpton, a more active run defender than the 31-year-old James, who was too often washed out of plays in ’11 by second-level blockers, is expected to be 100 percent by training camp after spending the second half of ’11 on injured reserve with a torn quad tendon in his right knee.
James still can be a valuable asset to his new team, however. In addition to having a hand in the development of Sharpton, a promising downhill thumper, James also will provide insurance in the event that Sharpton, whose biggest issue early in his career has been staying on the field, again gets hurt.
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