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Texans replace Vonta Leach with Lawrence Vickers

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The Texans decided to spend in their secondary rather than retain Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach.

We like the decision, largely because fullbacks are easier to replace.  John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the team agreed to a two-year contract with Lawrence Vickers on Wednesday.  Vickers reportedly got $500,000 to sign on a $3 million deal.

Vickers had a nice run in Cleveland and makes a lot of sense as a lead blocker in a zone scheme.  While Leach will surely help the Ravens, we think the Texans running game will be just fine when they go without a fullback or when they put Vickers on the field.

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25 Responses to “Texans replace Vonta Leach with Lawrence Vickers”
  1. johnnyglutes says: Aug 3, 2011 11:51 AM

    Dude is a bruiser. Good sign. Browns are dumb for letting him go.

  2. citnetter says: Aug 3, 2011 11:52 AM

    Actually, James Casey replaces Leach at FB with Vickers as the backup.

  3. steel6times says: Aug 3, 2011 11:54 AM

    The Texans will never have a winning season. Never.

  4. RexCanCoach says: Aug 3, 2011 11:56 AM

    Smart move by the Texans. They are going to have a great season and make the playoffs this year.

    Calling in my wager to Vegas, Texans win the south and Jets win the east.

  5. Matt Revel says: Aug 3, 2011 12:01 PM

    Wish my Browns had kept him. He’s definitely one of the top FBs in the league. Foster will love this.

  6. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 3, 2011 12:02 PM

    Like the signing.. I believe any faster than avg fullback can do work in a zone scheme. Vickers is one of the faster fullbacks in the league imo. Should be interesting if they give him some goal line carries who knows. I’m sure they’ll still put casey back there at fb only because of his exceptional hands and possible trick play ability.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 3, 2011 12:03 PM

    They still need another decent CB and they also need another legitimate WR to pair with Andre Johnson. It’s amazing he’s done as well as he has considering there’s NEVER been an above average WR playing with him… they should sign Malcolm Floyd, for crying out loud.

  8. jbl429 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:13 PM

    Solid signing. Vickers is a pretty solid FB.

  9. mediocresince2002 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:16 PM

    berniemadoffsides says:
    Aug 3, 2011 12:03 PM
    They still need another decent CB and they also need another legitimate WR to pair with Andre Johnson. It’s amazing he’s done as well as he has considering there’s NEVER been an above average WR playing with him… they should sign Malcolm Floyd, for crying out loud.

    The same Malcolm Floyd that was asking for TONS of money? No thanks.

    Jacoby Jones/Kevin Walter can add up to a #2, even then, Owen Daniels is also threat.

    It’s amazing that you think the offense is the problem.

  10. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Aug 3, 2011 12:25 PM

    Check out any YouTube video of Peyton Hillis last year, or Jamal Lewis in the couple years prior to that and you will see Vickers plowing the road. Dude always is in the right spot to make the correct block. He is a beast and you Texan fans will love him.

  11. galvestontexans says: Aug 3, 2011 12:26 PM

    steel6times says: Aug 3, 2011 11:54 AM

    The Texans will never have a winning season. Never

    We have had a winning season. Do some research before you post and make your self look like a dumb a$$. I think if our qb was a rapist we might do a lil better.

  12. raqaiw says: Aug 3, 2011 12:28 PM

    @steel6times: Not a Texans fan but even I know they’ve already gotten a winning season,they just haven’t made the playoffs. Typical squealer fan ignorance. How’s that Rodgers to Jennings taste?

  13. batterychucker says: Aug 3, 2011 12:29 PM

    steel6times says:
    Aug 3, 2011 11:54 AM
    The Texans will never have a winning season. Never.

    ——————-
    They were 9-7 two years ago, numnutz…

  14. brownsdawg1984 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:34 PM

    Texans fans are going to love him. He’s an oldschool run blocking FB and that’s about it. I’m def going to miss watching him as the lead blocker and destroying a LB or DB to open a hole.

  15. quiettexan says: Aug 3, 2011 12:35 PM

    steel6times- the texans have already had a winning season. not much of one but they went 9-7 in ’09

  16. wannabeqb says: Aug 3, 2011 12:37 PM

    How come Le’Ron McClain is still available? Guy was a beast at times for the ravens. Pricing himself out of the market?

  17. ravensfan4life52 says: Aug 3, 2011 12:46 PM

    good pickup. would love to see them win their division this year.

  18. vonmillerglasses says: Aug 3, 2011 1:19 PM

    This dude is a complete beast and plays angry

  19. bmorelikeme says: Aug 3, 2011 1:21 PM

    wannabeqb says:
    Aug 3, 2011 12:37 PM
    How come Le’Ron McClain is still available? Guy was a beast at times for the ravens. Pricing himself out of the market?

    ————————————

    Because hes a fullback that wants to play and be paid like a tailback.

    That being said, I wouldn’t mind him coming back to Ravens to be the thunder to Ray Rice’s lightening.

  20. batterychucker says: Aug 3, 2011 1:25 PM

    Because hes a fullback that wants to play and be paid like a tailback.

    That being said, I wouldn’t mind him coming back to Ravens to be the thunder to Ray Rice’s lightening.

    ——————————

    You got your thunder in signing Vonta Leach to be there with Rice.

  21. thelmt82 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:48 PM

    Good signing for the Texans. But, as a Browns fan, I must warn you to never throw him the ball. His hands are made of stone. Sure, he can block, but that’s it and that’s why he wasn’t re-signed.

  22. lbcoach34 says: Aug 3, 2011 2:15 PM

    A zone running scheme does not incorporate a FB or lead blocker outta the backfield…it’s a one back set.

    CLE did not run a zone scheme with Vickers in the game – it was a traditional 2 back I set…minus the technicalities – Vickers was and is a very good lead blocker – and should be a part time offensive player in 2 back sets. He was expendable in CLE due to his skill set not being suited to the WCO – he couldn’t catch the ball and RAC yards….Owen Marecic, HArdesty, and Hillis will do

  23. ezmoover says: Aug 3, 2011 2:19 PM

    Lifelong Browns fan here.

    Excellent blocking back but Vickers is strictly one dimensional.

    Browns are switching to a west coast offense and decided to let Vickers walk because the guy cannot catch a cold.

    Great blocker. But hands of stone.

    If Schaub plans to use Vickers as a checkdown option in the flat, he’ll be sadly disappointed.

  24. txtuff says: Aug 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    citnetter is right, the Texans have been saying that if Leach leaves James Casey gets first shot at FB. The guy can just do to much and we have to many TEs to get him on the field. That being said they still wanted a vet FB that was in the same mold as Leach and it looks like they got one! Great news for Texans fans like myself.

    Ibcoach34, I think I heard a couple days ago on local radio that leach was in the backfield on 56% of all running plays last year. So the Texans do use a FB in the zone scheme they run.

  25. bigtrav425 says: Aug 3, 2011 4:29 PM

    Vickers is a stud FB…mad my Brownies let him go…you will love him Texans fans

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